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Alberto Mingardi: October 2015

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China's demographic fatal conceit

Unintended Consequences
Alberto Mingardi
In his book The Great Escape, Nobel laureate Angus Deaton (see here David's excellent article) argues that The misdiagnosis of the population explosion by the vast majority of social scientists and policy makers, and the grave harm that the resultant... MORE

Entrepreneurship and the Steve Jobs movie

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
I've watched the "Steve Jobs" movie (what a movie!) and I'd like to share a couple of thoughts. The movie is not a substitute for the monumental biography by Walter Isaacson (another book which has been on my bedside table... MORE

If you're not a libertarian (and maybe even if you are), Anthony de Jasay is possibly the greatest thinker you have never heard of. A reason for that might be that de Jasay (who just turned 90 on October 15)... MORE

A right-turn for Switzerland?

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Some friends of mine are alarmed about the new course in Swiss politics. I tend to agree with Scott Sumner: Switzerland is my favourite political system. And I am not particularly alarmed by the latest elections, in which the Union... MORE

Closed borders and the liberty of the rest of us

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Alberto Mingardi
Open borders have been a matter of discussion within the libertarian movement for a few years. Bryan Caplan, on this same blog, has consistently advanced a very strong case for open borders. See, for example, his "Let Anyone Take a... MORE

Herbert Spencer, the misunderstood libertarian

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Alberto Mingardi
On our sister website, the Library of Law and Liberty, I have a review of "Herbert Spencer. Legacies", a new collection of essays on Spencer. By the way, I'm most pleased with the title the editors used for the piece:... MORE

Portugal after the elections

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
The Portuguese elections may result in a gridlocked government. The center-right coalition won - but did not secure a working majority. The incumbents gained 37% of the votes, the Socialists 32%. The Left bloc reached 10% and the Communists, who... MORE

A snapshot of Portugal

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
In the Wall Street Journal Joseph Sternberg has a thorough op-ed on Portugal, which is heading to a national election tomorrow. No party comparable to the Spanish "Podemos" or the Greek "Syriza" has emerged in Portugal that may have a... MORE

The Catalonian secession and the EU

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
The Catalonian regional election was won by the separatist parties, which are now heading towards independence following their leader, Presidente Arturo Màs. This would create much trouble at the national level. The Partido Popular of Mr Rajoy perhaps hasn't reacted... MORE

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