Links for November 8, 2010: Keynes v. Hayek Economics Rap, Congressman Bob Etheridge Assaults Member of the Public, others….

November 7, 2010
  1. A discussion with the men behind the EconStories video.

  2. Too little too late, but here were the Philadelphia Libertarian congressional candidates. I went to the same high school as Gerald J. Harlacker. I met him a few times, and I know him to be a decent guy. If I lived in the 1st District, he would have had my vote. As I’m registered in the 2nd District, my vote went to Jonathan Reed.

  3. Those are called “members of the public”, congressman, and they have a right to know whether you “fully support the Obama agenda”.

    I suspect that if a tea-party candidate “manhandled” a MoveOn supporter who “pressed him to explain votes or positions,” Mother Jones and Kevin Drum would be unlikely to entertain the possibility that the democrats were acting like a bunch of “seventh-graders”.

    The print version of Mother Jones is not this consistently awful. I swear! It’s usually a very thoughtful magazine. I think they flush their doo-doo down their twitter feed… Read the rest of this entry »

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Links for July 19, 2010: To Stimulate or Not To Stimulate; What Police Can Do; much, much more….

July 18, 2010

    Paul Krugman: Boost aggregate demand! Muahahaha!!!

  1. It’s good to hear Krugman speak and respond to questions. The thrust of this discussion is that the opposition to the stimulus is a visceral reaction, not an intelligent one. Although some guests early on questioned the empirical efficacy of the stimulus, we did really not hear from any Thomas E. Woodses or any Peter Schiffs who maintained, in quite an intellectual fashion, that the stimulus is simply bad economic policy. Krugman remarks toward the end that he doesn’t see stimulus jobs as “makework” jobs. I do not understand how this position can be honestly defended alongside the position that we now need government to “boost aggregate demand”, i.e. create demand where none existed before. What is the purpose of the stimulus if it is not to “make work”? If these were not “makework” jobs, we would do them anyway. We would not need an economic crisis as a pretense for passing $700 billion spending bills. For a response to the assertion that Roosevelt’s slashing of the deficits caused a recession in 1937, see this. For a response to the assertion that World War II spending lifted the U.S. economy out of the depression, listen here, starting at 32:17.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for July 12, 2010: Is the Energy Star Program a Rubber Stamp?; Much Ado About the Economy, Economics; Much, Much More!

July 11, 2010
  1. The Government Accountability Office tested the government’s Energy Star program with phony products and found it essentially to be a rubber stamp–except that only 15 of 20 products were accepted and two were rejected.  I wish they’d explained the rejections in a little more detail.

  2. Every time a libertarian stays in the closet, an angel gets its wings ripped off.

  3. We need you out here!!! I highly recommend listening to Mises.org podcasts and watching Reason.tv. After a while, you’ll come to realize that you have ready responses to every statist argument that comes down the tube.  Also, take Christopher Hitchens’s sage advice to heart.

  4. “The Conscience of a Liberal”: Calling your opponent “bizarre” and “crazy” = Checkmate!!! See full ThinkMarkets.wordpress.com response hereRead the rest of this entry »