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Sabine Herold - classical liberal? Not so fast...

Andrew Ian Castel-Dodge has a dissenting opinion on Sabine Herold, the 21-year old college student being hailed by some as the great liberal hope for France. Read more »


Nukes in a free society II

Having read my original post about nukes again, and after talking with my co-blogger Brian, it is clear that the last part of my post was a bit mangled, likely giving the wrong message.

My main points were:

1) Nukes cannot be justly owned by anyone in a free society, as they are equivalent to the barrel of a gun pointing at anyone within many miles of them, and as such are a direct threat to their lives and property. Read more »


Geoslavery

This is an interesting article about the potential for abuse of technology, in this case GPS and radio. The authors mention the potential for abuse by governments, but seem more intent on the abuse by individuals and the 'cure' being implemented by governments. In a Rothbardian free society the potential for abuse would be extremely small.


Book Review - <i>Perdido Street Station</i> by China Mieville

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville is a fantasy novel set in the gothic London analogue New Crobuzon. The rotund human scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin spends his time dabbling with the applications of Crisis Theory. His secret lover, Lin, is a beetle-headed member of the khepri race. She is a sculptor of unusual technique who is estranged from her khepri roots and spends her time in the Bohemian city underground. Read more »


Money supply inflation vs. price inflation

Reader Don Lloyd writes on the differences the between money supply inflation and price inflation, and why the former may not always reflect in the latter as measured by arbitrary indices such as the CPI.

In spite of all of the Austrian school's best efforts, most economists and other people refuse to believe in the reality of 'inflation' unless it shows up in the CPI or other similar indicators, no matter how much of an increase in the supply of money is admitted to. Read more »


Is there a market for diversity?

Truck and Barter wonders about the economic dimension of the Grutter decision- specifically, what are the costs and benefits of diversity, and why is it necessary for government to get involved in its provision? Read more »


Big East vs. ACC- Sports expansion from an antitrust perspective

A tip of the hat to Truck & Barter for leading me to The Rule of Reason blog, which had a discussion on a topic that has caused many sleepless (and blogless) nights for two Catallarchists- Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Expansion with regards to Virginia Tech.

Rule of Reason approached the ACC Expansion looking at the anti-trust dimension of the case. For everyone's convenience, I've assembled the relevant posts here: Read more »


Schools of economic theory

Brian takes me to task for using the term "neo-classical" when I more properly meant Keynesian/Monetarist. A quick double check with the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics shows that neo-classical is correct but a bit vague. Since I am on this subject I thought it might be worthwhile to look at the various schools of economic thought and make a few comments about each. Read more »


Segregation through the back door

(via Prestopundit)

Eric Rasmusen reports that the recent Grutter decision is more in line with segregationist thinking than with the spirit of the 14th Amendment: Read more »