==> This is the feel-good story of the week. (I have particular interest in this one, because the heroine of this tale is good friends with some of my libertarian activist buddies. So it is neat to see her being Internet celebrity for a while.) Of course, this poor guy must now be terrified. He is expected to show up at a party with 100+ attractive women and he has no idea what to do. I’m being serious; this would be like if those goofy guys making YouTube videos asking models to go to prom with them actually got “yes” for an answer. Worst thing that could happen.
==> Alex Tabarrok discusses the Ferguson report.
==> Somehow this came up during a conversation I had with Tom Woods. It suddenly made sense of my life:
The Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 is a symphony in four movements composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1812…. When asked by his pupil Carl Czerny why the Eighth was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven is said to have replied, “because the Eighth is so much better.”
==> At Mises CA I walk through a Salon piece from a former Ron Paul fan who now says Honduras proves libertarianism doesn’t work. My favorite part of my response:
Let me hit that again from another angle. If there had been a government-funded airport, then it would be coherent to point to it and say, “See? The market wouldn’t have built that.” This is what statists in the U.S. often do, when it comes to football stadiums and dams that only exist because of tax support. There, the proper response is Bastiat’s “seen and unseen.” But at least it’s understandable that people could look at an existing building that the State produced, and count that as evidence in favor of the usefulness of the State.
Yet this writer pointed to an empty lot as evidence that the Honduran government was better at building airports than the private sector.