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10 economic lessons (that governments would like to hide from you)

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:29:22 +0000

10 Lecciones de Economía (que los gobiernos quisieran ocultarle) is the name of my first book (Spanish), available at    

Charlie Hebdo: on “hate crimes” and blaming the victim

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:45:54 +0000

Few people outside of jihadist circles have any reaction besides horror and condemnation for the January 7th attacks on the offices of French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in which two masked gunmen shot and killed 12 people, including nine members of the magazine’s staff and two police officers. The horrific act sparked a […]

Green Shoots Among the EcoReds

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:24:16 +0000

A Brief Background   I recently began leasing a Nissan LEAF. The $7500 Nissan takes off the top of the price, along with the $5000 tax credit issued by the state of Georgia, which is available even to lessees, made the car economically attractive for my daily commute. For those who are unaware, the LEAF […]

Salon’s Seven Misconceptions About Libertarianism

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:34:37 +0000

Lately it has become fashionable for political partisans to bash libertarianism. These “critiques” are vacuous and do nothing but demonstrate that the authors haven’t bothered to do basic research about what libertarians believe and why. A recent example of this is Salon’s list of 7 strange libertarian ideas. Every single one misses the mark and […]

Of Morality and Failed Business Strategies…

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:13:35 +0000

Some time ago, back in 2013 in fact, Richard Branson published a piece on LinkedIn, under the heading of “Big Idea 2013: This Year the Drug War Ends” wherein he positied, among other things, that if the War on (Some) Drugs was a business strategy, it would long ago have been scrapped.  He’s absolutely correct. […]

Religious Conduct of Commerce: Unwinding the Hobby Lobby Case

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:58:25 +0000

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Hobby Lobby. The libertarian perspective has been discussed elsewhere, but what the Court actually did is not being described accurately despite the fact that they helpfully include a “syllabus” summarizing each ruling for the public. Apparently, some people, including many reporters, can’t […]

Was Robin Hood a Marxist?

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:37:33 +0000

Simon Schama could use a dose of classical-liberal theory. Most of us can be forgiven for knowing Marxist theory better than the liberal tradition — it’s hard not to drink Marxism in with our schooling and culture — but popular historical narrative really does suffer by the omission of the "bourgeois historians" whom Marx himself […]

When Evil Institutions Do Good Things: The FCC’s PTAR Law

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:55:55 +0000

In my Freeman article "TV’s Third Golden Age," the summary subtitle that the magazine chose was "Programming quality is inversely proportional to regulatory meddling." I couldn’t have said it better. But does that mean that everything the FCC does makes television worse? All laws and regulations have unforeseen consequences. That usually means unintended damage, but […]

Second Thoughts on Leoni, Hayek, Legislation, and Economic Calculation

Fri, 09 May 2014 19:51:45 +0000

My libertarianism has been fairly consistent over the years, especially since I morphed from Randian minarchist to Rothbardian anarchist around about 1989 or so (my last gasp in the minarchist camp was in a 1989 article; see Then and Now: From Randian Minarchist to Austro-Anarcho-Libertarian). I’ve been a pretty steady Rothbardian-Hoppean-Austrian anarcho-libertarian since then, for about […]

Against the Libertarian Cold War

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:54:17 +0000

A controversy has arisen in the libertarian movement over the proper approach to the events concerning Russia, Ukraine, and Crimea. Like many such controversies, it has quickly polarized almost everyone, and has served as a proxy for long-standing factionalism within the movement. People quickly accuse each other of supporting Putin’s aggression or backing violent U.S. […]