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Alberto Mingardi: February 2014

An Author Archive by Month (6 entries)

Aid to bookstores?

Economics and Culture
Alberto Mingardi
Star novelist James Patterson is donating 1 million dollars in financial aid to independent bookstores. Patterson apparently maintains that "federal government's financial support of troubled industries like Wall Street and the automobile sector should extend to the bookstore business". This... MORE

Taxes are all around

Economics and Culture
Alberto Mingardi
The Lithuanian Free Market Institute has long been one of the most energetic think tanks in Europe. They are also one of the few free-market organizations, among the European ones, that have a thoroughly broad and diversified base. Lithuania is... MORE

Who is the Italian prime minister this week?

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Mark Calabria, the Director of Financial Regulation Studies at the Cato Institute, has tweeted "Who is the Italian prime minister this week? Does it matter?". As the family name may suggest, Mark has an Italian background - and I gather... MORE

What consequences for the Swiss referendum?

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Bryan Caplan has a characteristically brilliant post on the Swiss referendum. He links a tweet by Paul Haydon that shows that the areas with more immigration have been less supportive of closing borders. One crucial point of the referendum is... MORE

How not to privatize

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
The other day my colleague Massimiliano Trovato and I had an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal Europe, on the forthcoming "privatization" of Poste Italiane, the Italian postal service. I've always thought that the old Milton Friedman mantra on tax... MORE

Two cheers for the tasteless

Economics and Culture
Alberto Mingardi
Does Tamara Ecclestone prompt "a rethink of capitalism"? So writes the Philosopher's Mail, a website that aims to "prove genuinely popular and populist news outlet which at the same time is alive to traditional philosophical virtues". Nowadays, rich people easily... MORE

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