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Alberto Mingardi: November 2014

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Herbert Spencer on Amazon (and Uber)

Book Club
Alberto Mingardi
I've been re-reading some of Herbert Spencer's works, for a LibertyMatters discussion that began with a very insightful article of George H. Smith. In Spencer's The Study of Sociology I've stumbled upon this rather amusing quotation that I'd like to... MORE

Kakha Bendukidze, RIP

Obituaries
Alberto Mingardi
On November 13, Kakha Bendukidze passed away in London,a result of a cardiac problem. I'd gotten to know Kakha a bit over the years, as he frequently participated in seminars organised by Istituto Bruno Leoni in Italy (my colleague Carlo... MORE

Hachette and Amazon made a deal

Business Economics
Alberto Mingardi
I have previously commented on the quarrel between Amazon and Hachette, a cause celebre that brought Paul Krugman to argue against Amazon's "market power." Now the contract dispute has, as it happens with contract disputes, come to an end. The... MORE

Sunstein on Hayek

Politics and Economics
Alberto Mingardi
Anticipating the Republicans' victory in the U.S. mid-term elections, on Monday Cass Sunstein wrote a passionate plea to the new Republican majority. His appeal can so be summarized: be libertarian, not conservative. For bloggers and readers at Econlog, he is... MORE

Spencer matters

Economic Philosophy
Alberto Mingardi
LibertyMatters is hosting a discussion over a fascinating article by George H. Smith, on Herbert Spencer's sociology of the state. David Levy, Roderick Long and yours truly will comment on Smith in the next few days. I am sure it... MORE

Non-voting is a right too

Politics and Economics
Alberto Mingardi
I can't recommend enough this blog post by Jason Brennan. Brennan, who authored The Ethics of Voting, a truly illuminating book, deals here with the silliest argument people use to convince others to go the ballot box: if you don't... MORE

Good bye to tax competition

Taxation
Alberto Mingardi
Tax competition may well be a thing of the past. The OECD tax conference in Berlin has ratified a new tax deal between fifty countries, to allow automatic exchange of tax information. German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble rejoiced at this... MORE

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