==> Unfortunately it looks like they are charging for the videos from the Texas Bitcoin conference. But if you are really interested in deciding once and for all whether it’s a fad or the libertarian’s dream come true, I strongly encourage you to invest the $50 to gain access to the videos. (If you care, no, I’m not getting a commission from these videos in any way.) Of course I always recommend my own lecture, but also if you read this blog, you will surely benefit from the talks by Andreas Antonopoulos, Jeff Tucker, Michael Goldstein, and Stefan Molyneux.
==> David Gordon reports on a new development concerning Krugman’s famous babysitters’ co-op example.
==> Robert Blumen discusses Say’s Law and its relevance today.
==> Murray Sabrin wants to be the libertarian’s Man in Washington.
==> Another example of someone getting screwed over because he tried to help the police.
==> Gene Callahan has a good discussion of marginalism. (It gets good about halfway in; you’ll see where he’s going with the example.)
==> Noah Smith thinks macro has handled itself pretty well post-crisis. Dean Baker says in the comments, “If you can’t predict a monster crisis that swamps everything useful that has been done with macro policy over the last 3 decades, then you have a serious uphill battle here.” That’s gotta hurt. (Or rather, it should hurt. Noah as usual is unfazed in the comments; he is immune to my zingers too, Dr. Baker.)
==> Tyler Cowen discusses Daniel Drezner–the guy I called out last month for saying our recent austerity was the greatest in US history–on sanctions. I was getting ready to disagree with Drezner, but in the first quote Tyler provided, Drezner said that the sanctions on Russia wouldn’t achieve any kind of military concession. “Oh OK, I misjudged the guy,” I thought. Then Tyler quoted him some more, where Drezner explained that even though it wouldn’t accomplish anything in Ukraine, the US should go ahead and impose sanctions on Russia anyway. Suh-weet. Go ahead and click the link if you’re into that whole “I want to know the context” thing.