Economics Salon, Day 1: Introduction

December 31, 2011

The author, as a child.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. ~1 Cor. 11

I’ve borrowed the title Economics Salon from my great friend, Jeannette Ryder of, who is interested in learning more about economic fundamentals. She has composed a panel of pseudo-experts (i.e. opinionated acquaintances) of varied backgrounds to guide her through the morass. Of course, I am thrilled to present the libertarian perspective. I’ve wanted to compile a history of my own personal intellectual development on political and economic matters for quite some time. Jeannette’s invitation is a perfect opportunity to get started.

My goal for this series is to have my legions of devoted critics understand my libertarian political ideas well enough to be able to predict what my position would be on any political question. Basically, I want to put my mind inside of the reader’s mind, as if the reader were performing a mind meld. I want the reader to know my thoughts, like this:

You, too, will believe! At least, that is the goal, and if you do not, it will not be for lack of understanding. Those who are not convinced will help me greatly if they told me which of the following explanations they found unconvincing, and why. That way, we may all proceed together in pursuit of truth.

Well, if I want to insert all of my political mind into yours, the best place to start is at the beginning: When I was a child.  Read the rest of this entry »

Links for May 24, 2010: The War on Airline Carry-On Fees, Columbia Police Chief Wishes Marijuana Reform Movement Success, Thoughts on Oil, others….

May 23, 2010
  1. The fun part of being a libertarian is that you get to blame the government for all your problems. The hard part, and the part that drives people away from the ideology, is that you have to relinquish your sense of entitlement. No, you are not entitled as a matter of natural right to carry your luggage onto an airplane at no charge. The airlines are providing a service for you, and they have certain terms that you must either accept or reject. Who knows? The baggage charge might reward those who economize by reducing their overall ticket price…..

  2. The chief of police of Columbia, Missouri, where the now-viral video of a marijuana raid was filmed, wishes the marijuana law reform movement success. Read the rest of this entry »