Topic: Socialism

Critical Theory and The Frankfurt School: The Neo-Marxist Roots of WOKE

– August 7, 2023

Kate Wand invites Phil Magness to discuss the origins of critical theory, which is a neo-Marxist school of thought born in the Frankfurt School in 1923.


Zoned Out: How Housing Regulation Drives Young Americans Toward Socialism

– July 24, 2023

“Left-of-center states and localities are experimenting with rent control and public housing, would-be solutions to the problem of rising rents that economists know are incredibly costly. Simply reforming zoning would be a better solution.” ~ Jason Sorens


The Essential Ethic of Socialism

– July 23, 2023

“In a socialist regime, I must seek the permission of others — whether state officials or one’s fellow workers — before I serve them in a novel way.” ~ Adam Martin


Can Artificial Intelligence Solve the Socialist Calculation Problem?

– June 18, 2023

“No dictator, benevolent or malevolent, individual or committee, is free of ideology, and as dictators they will have the clout to ensure their ideological perspectives are included in the Machines’ programming, with updating as the dictator(s) believe necessary.” ~ James Hanley


Cleaned by Capitalism and Soiled by Socialism

– June 12, 2023

“There’s no question that the environment in which modern humans live is immeasurably cleaner, safer, and more pleasant than was the filthy and dangerous environment in which all of our pre-industrial ancestors lived.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux


Three Myths About Marx

– June 10, 2023

“Findings suggest that political events, rather than intellectual renown, placed Marx on the map.” ~ Phillip W. Magness


James Lindsay and a Friendly Point of Criticism

– June 8, 2023

“Marx should be seen as but one—historically salient, to be sure—irresponsible human indulging perennial mentalities and bents that deny modern realities.” ~ Daniel B. Klein


Eliminating the Debt Ceiling: Is There Anything the 14th Amendment Can’t Do?

– May 23, 2023

“The Biden administration threatens to invoke Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment to sidestep the longstanding federal debt ceiling in a way that would increase the power of the executive branch. ” ~ Robert E. Wright


Stadium Subsidies Reveal Tensions in Democratic Priorities

– May 14, 2023

“Despite being a well-known mirage, the promises of economic and job growth prove too attractive for local policymakers to resist. This tells us something about their priorities.” ~ Daniel J. Smith


An Astonishing Proposition

– May 3, 2023

“Does the Biden administration believe that home buyers have the moral duty to sacrifice their own objectives in order to help others achieve their goals, and the government should enforce this moral duty?” ~ Peter J. Wallison


Unions Should Not Be Protected Against Suits for Deliberate Property Damage

– February 23, 2023

“The Court’s decision will probably be released in June. Let us hope that it subtracts from rather than adds to the power and privilege enjoyed by labor unions.” ~ George Leef


FDR’s Raw Deal for African Americans

– February 21, 2023

“The indictment of the New Deal’s treatment of blacks could go on for many more pages. Suffice it to say here that the New Deal was a raw deal for Americans, especially African Americans.” ~ Robert E. Wright