Monthly Archives: August 2012

Paul Krugman’s column today in The New York Times deals with Paul Ryan’s plans for Medicare and the rest of the health care system. I used to be more familiar with the PCA, which I believe Ryan’s plan is based off of, …

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The John Locke Foundation has put out a good, short paper on some of the unintended consequences of Amazon taxes, which attempt to force out-of-state retailers who have either a “nexus” or advertising affiliations in that state to collect some …

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Both taken from a piece over at Lew Rockwell’s website.  The first is a graph of the velocity of money over the past century. The velocity of money is “the frequency with which a unit of money is spent on …

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Paul Krugman has posted a piece about a Republican plan to voucherize Medicare. I am unfamiliar with this plan, so I really can’t comment on the specifics of either it, or Krugman’s analysis. One line, however, jumps out at me. …

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Reading List and Upcoming Changes

Over the course of the past couple of days, I’ve managed to make it out of my apartment enough to pick up some new books. In terms of literature, I’ve started on Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World already, … Continue reading

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Is Rand Bashing Misguided?

In recent weeks, Ayn Rand and her work have been increasingly mentioned in the media. Much of this I attribute to the nomination of Paul Ryan as Republican Party vice presidential candidate, since Ryan has often cited her work as … Continue reading

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Jefferson and the Boisterous Sea of Liberty

From Thomas Jefferson:   Timid men…prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.   Reprinted from  Tweet

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A personal correspondence today has brought to my attention both the Pope Center and the John Locke Foundation. Both of these organizations are think tanks centered in Raleigh, NC, which by itself catches my interest. The Pope Center focuses on …

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Hoppe’s new book, entitled The Great Fiction: Property, Economy, Society, and the Politics of Decline is out on September 10th, and pre-orders are now available from Laissez-Faire Books. I have not yet made my way entirely through Democracy: The God That Failed, …

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A friend pointed me toward this blog post over on the Financial Times’ Alphaville blog. The post, by Cardiff Garcia, is entitled “Paul Ryan and Hayek vs. Rand,” and teases out on a basic level some of the main differences …

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