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Bryan Caplan: March 2017

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The Case Against Education News

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
1. The Case Against Education is now scheduled for publication by Princeton University Press in January, 2018.  Sorry for the delay, but I'm glad I took the time to do this right.2. Pre-orders?  You'll know when I know.3. This fall,... MORE

Complacent Trust

Economics and Culture
Bryan Caplan
Together with Zach Weinersmith, I'm currently writing All Roads Lead to Open Borders, my non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration.  While there are many differences between a non-fiction graphic novel and a traditional work of... MORE

UBI and Health Care: What's Wrong With Murray's Approach

Economics of Health Care
Bryan Caplan
How would a Universal Basic Income handle health care?  Normally, UBI advocates just say, "separate issue" and move on.  But not the great Charles Murray.  His In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State proposes two regulations to... MORE

Two Intuitionist Insights

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
From Mike Huemer's chapter in the new Arguments for Liberty, edited by Aaron Powell and Grant Babcock:Virtually all nonintuitionists are hypocritical: they adopt and retain ethical beliefs in precisely the way that intuitionists do - namely, they believe what seems... MORE

Good Manners vs. Political Correctness

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
My first face-to-face encounter with political correctness came in 1989.  All undergrads in my dorm at UC Berkeley were strongly urged to attend the all-important DARE meeting.  Not DARE as in "Drug Abuse Resistance Education" but DARE as in "Diversity... MORE

Is Immigration a Basic Human Right? Full Video

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Here's my debate with Christopher Wellman.  Since the audience was admonished to vote on the literal resolution prior to voting, I'm now slightly less confident in my "metaphorical voting" theory of my Intelligence Squared debate outcome.  Either way, enjoy.... MORE

Until recently, I only knew Howard Hughes' World War I saga Hell's Angels (1930) second-hand, from Martin Scorsese's Hughes biopic, The Aviator.  I was amazed when I finally watched Hughes' classic.  The special effects are stunning even by modern standards. ... MORE

Here's my opening statement from Thursday's debate.  Enjoy. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 There are many complaints about governments, but the harshest is, "This government grossly violates human rights."  The background assumption is that human beings have rights that... MORE

Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
My co-author, Zach Weinersmith, and his wife, Kelly Weinersmith, have a new book out on future technology and its economic and social implications.  News flash: Soonish is currently at #3 on Amazon.  As Neo said, "Woh."... MORE

San Diego Immigration Debate

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
On March 16, I'm debating at the University of San Diego on, "Is Immigration a Basic Human Right?" My opponent is philosopher Christopher "Kit" Wellman of Washington University.  His work on the subject is frankly puzzling, since to my mind... MORE

Power-Hunger

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
"Greed is good."  After a few years in economics, the goodness of greed seems like common sense.  But it's not.  In a randomly selected social environment, greed is brutal.  If you're carrying a bag of gold and meet a well-armed... MORE

Read Meer

Economic Education
Bryan Caplan
Today's speaker at the Public Choice Seminar is Jonathan Meer of Texas A&M, one of my favorite young empirical economists in the world. He's doing the most innovative work on the minimum wage, wisely building on the ubiquity of firing... MORE

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