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Alberto Mingardi: August 2013

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Farewell to a great historian

Economic History
Alberto Mingardi
Historians, economists, and voracious readers all over the world mourn the passing of David Landes. Landes, arguably one of the greatest economic historians of our time, was a superb writer and captivated readers all over the world. His son Richard... MORE

The stupidest letter a US Ambassador ever received

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
The following letter (kindly translated into English by my colleague David Perazzoni) was sent to the American Ambassador in Rome by seven Italian MPs (Michele Anzaldi, Marina Berlinghieri, Matteo Biffoni, Luigi Bobba, Lorenza Bonaccorsi, Federico Gelli, Ernesto Magorno), who apparently... MORE

Bitcoin and libertarians in "the great machine"

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Bitcoin is now recognized as financial instrument under German banking rules. The Guardian writes: Germany's ministry of finance has formally recognised the digital currency Bitcoin as a "unit of account" which can be used for private transactions - meaning that... MORE

Hayek as read by Chinese communists

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Alberto Mingardi
I've just run into a very curious document. You can now download to your Kindle "The Introduction to the Communist Party of China's Translation of F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom", conveniently translated into English by Matt Dale. The Road... MORE

Summer Readings: "We" by Evgenij Zamyatin

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Alberto Mingardi
Dystopian novels are typically congenial to libertarians. Some of them are of course very well-known: Huxley's Brave New World, Orwell's 1984, and in some circles Ayn Rand's Anthem. Others did not enter the canon. While one of my favorite dystopian... MORE

Where no publisher has gone before

Business Economics
Alberto Mingardi
As he already revolutionized logistics, floored old fashioned retailers, and made a bookstore a thriving business, expectations are very high for Jeff Bezos as the new publisher of Washington Post. Certainly newspapers might need a little bit of creative destruction,... MORE

Capitalism is awesome

Economic Philosophy
Alberto Mingardi
Chris Berg, a research fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne, has contributed a masterful little article to the Cato Policy Report. It is entitled "Why Capitalism Is Awesome," and it elegantly makes some very important points. Writes... MORE

Henry Hazlitt, public intellectual

Economic Education
Alberto Mingardi
Can a public intellectual try to develop original insights, besides popularizing the ideas he holds dear? Paul Krugman recently lambasted Henry Hazlitt, who "has been wrong about everything for more than 80 years, and is still regarded as a guru".... MORE

The new future of television?

Trade Barriers
Alberto Mingardi
Google is launching a new device, Chromecast, which has been hailed as a potential "game changer" for the television market. If I get it right, Chromecast basically allows you to bring your web streaming to your television. This would allow... MORE

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