The Amazing Atheist: Capitalism doesn’t work because shoppers are too stupid.

July 4, 2013

“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.” ~ Murray Rothbard

The Amazing Atheist thinks he’s got this economics stuff figured out. The relevant part begins a minute in:

Mr. Atheist actually begins his account of market economics with uncommon accuracy. He describes hamburger/harmonica exchange well enough, at least to start:  Read the rest of this entry »

If housepets could whine like human beings….

June 15, 2013

A good friend of mine posted the following cartoon to facebook, with instructions: “If house pets were libertarians. (And someone, please sketch the opposite…)”

If housepets were libertarians.

If housepets were libertarians.

The middle panel begs the question, in the logical sense. Of course, we humans have outside knowledge that the filter is absolutely necessary for the survival of the fish. The necessity of myriad government boondoggles however, is not so well established. The other two panels are reasonable to the extent that libertarians say these sorts of things.  Read the rest of this entry »

What Libertarians Mean By “The Free Market”: My Two Cents

May 26, 2013

From, via

I’ll just add my two cents to this:  Read the rest of this entry »

Student Loan Interest Rates: Elizabeth Warren Promises Bread and Circuses

May 24, 2013

At least two of my followees posted this on their FB feeds:

Oh gawd.

Oh gawd.

Posting something like this, without any caveats or qualifications, to me, is a symptom of Acute Economic Unawareness (AEU). Read the rest of this entry »

Yahoo! News republishes odd smear against Ron Paul and the Ludwig von Mises Institute

May 1, 2013

Yahoo! News always gets me with its bizarre headlines, so I had to stop for this one, published today, April 30th, 2013:

Ron Paul slams Boston Police. Has he gone too far?

Well, a side observation:

Beyond that, the article, penned by Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor, is an empty critique of Ron Paul’s blog post for entitled Liberty Was Also Attacked In Boston. Read the rest of this entry »

Bill Maher Criticizes Libertarians, Ignores Costs

April 7, 2013

Facebook: the ceaseless source of late-night blogfodder. I caught this post from Progressive Libertarianism and I had to investigate:

Screenshot from 2013-04-06 23:56:23

Those who follow the Progressive Libertarian page long enough discover that the people behind it are very thoughtful, apparently Austrian-inspired libertarians who regularly post progressive-inspired criticisms and interrogatories of libertarianism. It is a great page to follow for libertarians who are interested in isolating their core beliefs and discovering where they stand on various issues of contention among the libertarian community. Very well done, and kudos to them.

Regarding the above comment, I was immediately skeptical of Edgardo’s claim that intellectual superiority “does not matter when it comes to life itself”. Forget about whether libertarians are actually intellectually superior to anyone. I’m not vain enough to comment on that issue, but does intelligence generally carry no substance? If a guy happens to be intellectually superior to other people, and he uses his smarts to, say, invent something that millions of people find useful—perhaps something that makes acquiring food easier for millions of people—I would say that that “matters when it comes to life itself”, wouldn’t you? Read the rest of this entry »

Economics Salon, Day 2: Progressive Influences

March 29, 2013

When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. ~ 1 Cor. 13:11

(This post continues the memoir that I begun in Day 1: Introduction.)

The beginning of a new, green lifestyle.

The beginning of a new, green lifestyle.

I lived at home for most of my undergraduate education. On the day after Christmas, December 26, 2001, during the winter break before my final semester at Temple University, I moved out of my parents house in Northeast Philadelphia and into an industrial flat in Manayunk with three flatmates. I intended the move to be a six-month trial, but after my replacement had backed out, the move became semi-permanent. I lived in Manayunk until October of 2005, when the remaining flatmates went their separate ways. During these years away from the supervision of my parents and among the camaraderie of like-minded flatmates and friends, I felt more free to explore and express my liberal progressive tendencies.

By far the most influential of these friends was Nik, who nurtured my interest in environmental responsibility. Nik attended the same high school I did, but we did not become close friends until our years at Temple together. He ran a computer lab on the third floor of Temple’s engineering building, and I spent much of my free time with him in his office, philosophizing and sharing musical discoveries. He was into nature, and if he wasn’t tending to his plants in the stairwell, he was monitoring the earthworm compost under his desk. He introduced me to the principles of organic, sustainable living, and I did my best to apply these principles at my new home and in my new life.  Read the rest of this entry »


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