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Media Bias Yet Again

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David Henderson
Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds called attention to a case of media bias. One of his readers noted that Politico reporter Elizabeth Titus, in a piece on how there seem to be no scandals in Republican governor Scott Walker's background, identified... MORE

Open Letter to President Wildes re Professor Block

Economic Education
David Henderson
One of the ways I will occasionally depart from straight economics on this blog is to defend fellow academics from unfair attacks by bullies. When the president of your university attacks you unfairly and in public, he is being a... MORE

I'm sharing a room with Frank Stephenson of Berry College at the Southern Economic Association meeting in Tampa. Our room has a coffeemaker that makes one cup at a time. Yesterday morning, Frank made a cup of coffee, then I... MORE

Language and Social Justice

Economic Philosophy
Bart Wilson
Jason Brennan argues that language can be used as an example by which we can judge the moral consequences of a spontaneous order. His argument is to suppose that a language "through no fault of their own" results in some... MORE

Based upon last fall's Humanomics course, Gus Gradinger and I are submitting the following chapter proposal for a book on teaching with The Wire. If it doesn't fit with the editors' vision for the volume, we plan to work out... MORE

Of Mice and Men, Morals and Markets

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Bart Wilson
Good morals make for good markets is hardly a contentious claim. Reputations for honest dealing grease the wheels of commerce. But does it go the other way? Do markets foster good morals? The intuition of most people is that markets... MORE

One of the most compelling characters in Adam Smith's work is the person he refers to as "the man of system." Here's Smith's oft-quoted passage from The Theory of Moral Sentiments: The man of system, on the contrary, is apt... MORE

What's 'freedom' (regular human beings version)?

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Alberto Mingardi
The Online Library of Liberty is hosting a symposium on George H Smith's most interesting book, "The System of Liberty." Jason Brennan, David Gordon and Ralph Raico commented on Smith's lead essay--and the whole thing is well worth reading. Jason... MORE

Why are YOU A Libertarian?

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Art Carden
The Institute for Humane Studies' LearnLiberty.org project has created a Tumblr asking people why they are libertarians. This one caught my eye. Shayne, age 20, is a LIBERTARIAN because I cannot remember a time without WAR abroad and WAR at... MORE

Ken Minogue's last essay

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Alberto Mingardi
The New Criterion has just published a version of Ken Minogue's last essay, that he presented in a Mont Pelerin Society meeting in the Galapagos Islands, just a couple of days before he suddenly and sadly passed away. In the... MORE

I'm working on a book I'm co-authoring with Deirdre McCloskey on the economic history of the last few centuries. Here is a choice passage from page 44 of her 2006 book The Bourgeois Virtues: The tempting shortcut of taxing the... MORE

Ken Minogue, RIP

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Alberto Mingardi
Though he was used to dine with friends every Sunday, once Adam Smith "retired to bed before supper; and, as he went away, took leave of his friends by saying 'I believe we must adjourn this meeting to some other... MORE

Krugman: Beggar Thy (American) Neighbor

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David Henderson
Either that, or Paul Krugman believes in the Easter Bunny. In his June 6 New York Times column, "The Spite Club," Paul Krugman castigates some Republican governors for refusing to extend Medicaid to a larger population. He writes: No, the... MORE

Values Every Scholar Should Adopt

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Art Carden
Jacob Levy directs readers to the Mission Statement of the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona. I agree that these are values to be emulated. While I sometimes allow the perfect to become the enemy of the good, I... MORE

Dwight Lee on Ebenezer Scrooge's Morality

Economic Philosophy
David Henderson
The first Scrooge [before the visit of the three ghosts] satisfied only the requirements of the first morality, which I call mundane morality, while the second Scrooge [after the ghosts' visits] enthusiastically embraced the second morality, which I call magnanimous... MORE

On Homeschoolery: A Bet, Revised

Economics of Education
Art Carden
Thanks, everyone, for suggestions on my proposal below, and I'm especially honored that seasoned bettor Bryan offered a few suggestions (I also got a nice email with suggestions from EconLog friend Fabio Rojas, who noted that the selection biases in... MORE

Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee: The Case of Erik Loomis

Economics and Culture
David Henderson
Second Update: Henry Farrell of Crooked Timber has commented below, ending with: "I would be grateful if you could change the original post to reflect these facts." I won't change it, but I will alert readers to his comment. I... MORE

If I Were a Global Utilitarian...

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Garett Jones
...I'd probably push for an incredibly stringent anti-hijacker policy.  After all, the last time a few individuals hijacked U.S. planes, it genuinely caused a war in Afghanistan and substantially raised the probability of a war in Iraq.  Massive loss of civilian... MORE

The pattern of individual, decentralized human evil I've discussed in recent posts is an underappreciated argument against the welfare state.  If a substantial fraction of the people around us are money-burners and perverse punishers, how much sympathy will voters have... MORE

The Political is Personal

Politics and Economics
Arnold Kling
Dan Balz writes, a report issued Monday by the Pew Research Center paints a particularly stark portrait of a nation in which the most significant divisions are no longer based on race, class or sex but on political identity. Read... MORE

The Importance of Nirvana

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Arnold Kling
On Wikipedia, The nirvana fallacy is the logical error of comparing actual things with unrealistic, idealized alternatives. It can also refer to the tendency to assume that there is a perfect solution to a particular problem. I thought of this... MORE

A Question of Principle?

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David Henderson
I watched most of the movie Paradise Road yesterday. I recommend it, by the way. It's about a large group of women who were captured in Singapore during World War II and taken prisoner by the Japanese government to the... MORE

Neuroscience and Ethics

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Arnold Kling
Ron Bailey writes, In my view, human prehistory and history has been a more or less random search for social institutions that increasingly discover and conform to our evolved natures. My contention is that is manifestly the case that liberal... MORE

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