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Reflections on my Latest RT Appearance

(December 3, 2016 09:01 PM, by David Henderson) As I noted in yesterday's post, there's always an issue of the bias of the news network on which one appears, and one is right to be skeptical. The fact that RT is funded by the Russian government ought to... (0 COMMENTS)

The Italian referendum

(December 3, 2016 06:30 AM, by Alberto Mingardi) Tomorrow, Italians will go to the ballot, for a referendum on a constitutional reform promoted by the government led by Mr Renzi. The referendum is widely supposed to be liable--were the anti-Renzi side to win--to trigger financial turbulence. A... (0 COMMENTS)

Friday Night Video: Cuba, Sanctions, Biting Cats, and Trump

(December 2, 2016 05:04 PM, by David Henderson) I was on RT, the Russian-government-funded news network, earlier this week, talking about various issues. My segment begins around the 15:00 point and goes to about 22:30. Some friends have questioned the wisdom of going on a network funded... (0 COMMENTS)

What kind of inflation hurts the public?

(December 2, 2016 09:25 AM, by Scott Sumner) I recently participated on a panel in London, discussing options for monetary and fiscal policy. At one point I mentioned that if the Japanese didn't want such a large central bank balance sheet, then they ought to set a higher... (0 COMMENTS)

Borjas, Ideology, and #ForeignLivesMatter

(December 1, 2016 02:01 PM, by Bryan Caplan) Shikha Dalmia and George Borjas' immigration debate in Reason manages to be intriguing and aggravating at the same time. For me, the highlights are when Borjas leaves technical economics and lays his ideological cards on the table. Borjas is in... (0 COMMENTS)

Good News on Repealing Obamacare: The Woodwork Effect

(December 1, 2016 01:02 PM, by David Henderson) Many people worry that if Obamacare were replaced in one fell swoop, almost all the people who enrolled in Medicaid due to the law would lose their health insurance. This worry is understandable. Nevertheless, it turns out to be unjustified.... (0 COMMENTS)

Ten Points on the Wrong Side of History

(November 30, 2016 02:15 PM, by Bryan Caplan) In the last few weeks, several critics have told me things like: "History will not be kind," "History will judge you," and "You are on the wrong side of history." My initial reaction is sheer puzzlement. If my critics can't... (0 COMMENTS)

Primitive cultures need a dose of utilitarianism

(November 30, 2016 10:56 AM, by Scott Sumner) In this post I will discuss two primitive cultures, the Sudanese and the Americans. I will argue that both need to adopt a utilitarian ethical framework. Let's start with the Sudan. In the Sudan, female genital mutilation is a common... (0 COMMENTS)

Did John Allison just endorse NGDP targeting?

(November 29, 2016 05:05 PM, by Scott Sumner) Lars Christensen has a new post pointing to a recent interview of John Allison, who is being considered for the post of Treasury Secretary. Here is what Allison said: We need discipline, we need some kind of rule, I like... (0 COMMENTS)

In Praise of Ineffective Politicians

(November 29, 2016 04:33 PM, by David Henderson) Twitter today is all heated up with justifiable upset about Donald Trump's latest anti-liberty proposal: a prison sentence and possibly loss of citizenship for someone who burns a flag. Other tweeters have pointed out that the prison sentence part of... (0 COMMENTS)

Why I'm Not Freaking Out

(November 29, 2016 02:56 PM, by Bryan Caplan) Until recently, I thought I'd steered clear of what Scott Alexander calls, "the toxoplasma of rage." Now, sadly, I'm at the point where people are getting angry at me for failing to be properly angry about Trump's election. This will... (2 COMMENTS)

How Castro is Like the Minimum Wage

(November 28, 2016 12:00 AM, by Bryan Caplan) How many people did Castro murder? The authoritative Black Book of Communism blames him for 15-17,000 executions. More speculative estimates put the blood of another 80,000 Cubans on his hands - everyone who perished trying to flee his doleful paradise.... (0 COMMENTS)

Capitalism has a PR problem

(November 27, 2016 10:04 AM, by Scott Sumner) Here's one of my favorite Deirdre McCloskey remarks, from her Bourgeois Virtues: I don't care how one defines capitalism, as long as it's not defined as evil incarnate. Unfortunately, that's exactly how it is often defined. Here's a recent example... (0 COMMENTS)

Fidel Castro's Monstrous Behavior

(November 26, 2016 09:57 PM, by David Henderson) I learned about flash mobs early on in my life. One of my aunts was particularly religious. She and I end up going to church one Sunday morning probably in late 1961 or early 1962. While the mass is taking... (0 COMMENTS)

My Writing Tutor: Dan Seligman

(November 25, 2016 09:04 PM, by David Henderson) Last month, I told the first part of the story about Dan Seligman, the Fortune editor who taught me so much about writing. I promised to tell the second part. Here it is. To recall, Dan had asked me to... (0 COMMENTS)

Giving Thanks

(November 24, 2016 02:35 PM, by David Henderson) On previous Thanksgivings, I've written blog posts expressing my thankfulness for a relatively high degree of freedom in my adopted country and for various people in my life who have helped me along the way. The posts are here, here,... (0 COMMENTS)

The third domino?

(November 23, 2016 02:50 PM, by Scott Sumner) Here's Wolfgang Münchau: The largest and most important is the Five Star Movement, a party that defies the usual left-right classification. The second is Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi's party, which has turned rabidly anti-euro after the former prime minister was... (0 COMMENTS)

Trump Bets: One Actual, Ten Potential

(November 23, 2016 02:03 PM, by Bryan Caplan) An anonymous reader and I have agreed to the following bet on Trump's presidency:If Donald Trump resigns, is removed by the Senate after impeachment, or otherwise is permanently removed as per the the 25th Amendment, or if it never happens... (0 COMMENTS)

If the Angry Could Hear What the Calm Do Not Say

(November 22, 2016 02:18 PM, by Bryan Caplan) Dear Angry Person,I can tell that you're angry at me again. I think I understand your complaint, though I have trouble understanding why this specific issue is upsetting you on this specific day. But based on past experience, asking for... (0 COMMENTS)

Mercantilism Dies Hard

(November 22, 2016 01:54 PM, by David Henderson) One of the things that economists, whatever their other views, are most sure of is that free trade is a good idea. The normal way we argue for trade, either between individuals and companies in a country or between individuals... (0 COMMENTS)

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