Philosophy and Methodology

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How College Profs Push Students to Socialism

EducationPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog05/10/2019

The true aim of these “scholar activists,” as many academics have begun calling themselves, is to propagate socialism by redefining capitalism to encompass every evil of human history. Which means they're mostly attacking straw men.

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Economic Models vs. The Real World

Money and BanksMoney and BankingPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog05/04/2019

Economic theory must have only one purpose — to explain economic activity. However, statistical methods are of no help in this regard.

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The Making of Modern Civilization: Savings, Investment, and Economic Calculation

Capital and Interest TheoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPrivate Property

Blog04/17/2019

The fallacy that labor-saving machines create technological unemployment has not only been disproved by theory but also by the whole history of mankind.

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Why the New "GDP-B" Measure Doesn't Solve the Failures of GDP

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog04/16/2019

The thinking goes that MIT's new GDP-B measure allows the statistician to estimate a “consumer surplus.”

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Even Socialists Know that Economic Planning Requires Market Prices

SocialismCalculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog04/03/2019

Hard-left "democratic socialists" think they figured out how to make government planning possible: use prices. But there's a problem in their argument: prices are impossible without markets.

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What Most Critics of "Markets" Get Wrong about Entrepreneurs

Free MarketsEntrepreneurshipPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog03/28/2019

Thanks to entrepreneurs, markets are dynamic and constantly expanding. Attempts by governments to manage prices through the bureaucracy are sure to hinder this dynamism and drive to serve customers.

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Ludwig von Mises on the Difference Between Entrepreneurs and Managers

The EntrepreneurPhilosophy and MethodologyValue and Exchange

Blog02/28/2019

When Mises noted that a manager is a "junior partner" of the entrepreneur, he did not mean to downplay the role of management in the economy.

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The Case for Legalizing Blackmail

Legal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog02/21/2019

The recent controversy over Jeff Bezos has spawned an interesting debate among free-market economists on whether blackmail should be legalized.

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Lange, Mises and Praxeology: The Retreat from Marxism

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog02/19/2019

Oskar Lange was a Marxist economist and intellectual opponent of Mises. Late in his career, he sought to merge praxeology and Marxism. 

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Why the "Golden Rule" Is an Obstacle to the Government's Agenda

Big GovernmentPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog02/18/2019

All too often, many want governments to do things to others we wouldn't want to have done to us.

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