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Alberto Mingardi: August 2014

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Anthony de Jasay on "rights"

Economic Philosophy
Alberto Mingardi
One of the many treats of Econlib are the articles of Anthony de Jasay. Mostly renowned for his remarkable book The State, De Jasay is among the most brilliant libertarian political thinkers. This month he has a profound article on... MORE

Food, snobbery and anti-capitalism

Economics and Culture
Alberto Mingardi
I'm currently reading a truly interesting book, which some of EconLog's readers may be already familiar with: "The Intellectuals and the Masses. Pride and Prejudice among the Literary Intelligentsia 1880-1939" by John Carey. Carey argues, in his own words, "that... MORE

I'm reading Liberalism. The Life of an Idea by Edmund Fawcett. I like the idea behind the book, which is providing a history of classical liberalism through vignettes of its great champions, but I have some problems with the underlying... MORE

Will lower prices gain Uber support?

Alberto Mingardi
Uber has been a phenomenal fund-raising success. The company now capitalizes more than Hertz (and not just Hertz, check this out). Now, whatever you may think of Hertz's business model, Hertz has offices all around the globe, an impressive salesforce,... MORE

A Patron Saint for entrepreneurs

Business Economics
Alberto Mingardi
In a Financial Times article, Luke Johnson searched for "a patron saint for entrepreneurs". For Catholics, that's Saint Homobonus. The fact that the patron saint of business is emphatically named "Good Man" is in itself remarkable, and should be reminded... MORE

Think tanks, idea factories no more?

Economics and Culture
Alberto Mingardi
Robert J. Samuelson has an interesting, and rather pessimistic, piece on "the future of think tanks". Samuelson deals specifically with the Heritage Foundation, particularly because Stuart Butler, for 35 years a senior researcher at Heritage and "among the most visible... MORE

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