03 Jul 2014

Hobby Lobby Ruling: Principle Will Set You Free

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My latest LibertyChat post on the Hobby Lobby ruling:

The conservative supporters of the Hobby Lobby decision are correct when they say no employer should be forced to pay for contraception against his or her religious beliefs. The liberal opponents of the Hobby Lobby decision are correct when they say this principle would imply that religious pacifists shouldn’t have to pay for war.

If only these two camps would drop their petty sniping and see the beautiful vision of a truly free society: A prosperous world without stupid and stifling regulations on business, and a peaceful world without a snooping NSA and a fleet of flying killer robots controlled by megalomaniacs in DC.

01 Jul 2014

Sneak-Peek Murphy Mises Academy Lectures on Free Trade

Economics, Shameless Self-Promotion, Trade 17 Comments

I was traveling and had to miss a lecture on free trade for the last Mises Academy class I taught, so I pre-recorded them. (Yes, as George Carlin would complain, this means I recorded them before I recorded them.) Now that the class has been closed for a bit, I thought it would be OK to show you guys the lectures so you will have the common sense to sign up for my next Academy course:

01 Jul 2014

Tom Woods Interviews David Stockman

Austrian School, Federal Reserve, Night of Clarity, Tom Woods 2 Comments

A great interview last week. In particular, Tom asks Stockman about Ronald Reagan’s governing style; really interesting stuff.

If you like what you hear, remember that both Stockman and Tom will be speaking at the Night of Clarity in Nashville August 15! Full details here.

27 Jun 2014

Uncle Samta Fundraiser

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Sorry for the radio silence everyone… I’m at the Porcupine Freedom Festival (aka “PorcFest”) in New Hampshire all this week.

But check out this “Uncle Samta” campaign. In the explanatory video, there are a few minutes sampling the movie, which is really professional. I told one of the creators I would pass along the link in case any of you are intrigued…

23 Jun 2014

Did Paulson Warn of the Financial Bubble?

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I know there are a jillion YouTube clips of Ben Bernanke telling people not to worry, up until the world collapsed in September 2008, but did Henry Paulson say anything comparable? Written statements OK, but YouTube clips preferable.

21 Jun 2014

Krugman’s Latest Post: “Murphy Was Right”

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Well, not his exact words, but see for yourself. I’m serious, this isn’t a Kontradiction, this is a flat-out contradiction, is it not?

If you want to be super squirmy and get him out of this Houdini-style, I suppose you could argue, “Krugman 2014 is clearly contradicting Delong 2013, but not necessarily Krugman 2013. Krugman 2013 wasn’t endorsing all of DeLong 2013, just saying that Murphy 2013 hadn’t delivered a death blow to DeLong 2013.”

But if that’s the route you want to take, you should apply for White House press secretary.

21 Jun 2014

Tom Woods and I Discuss Private Defense

Shameless Self-Promotion, Tom Woods, Voluntaryism 178 Comments

I’m being serious, I think Tom and I make this sound pretty plausible. So if you’re a free-market-loving minarchist, tell me what you think we’re missing.

Remember everybody, Tom Woods is going to be at the Night of Clarity on August 15! If you jump for joy when it’s another of his shows where I’m the guest, I really can’t understand why you wouldn’t make plans to see us both in hopping downtown Nashville. Full details here.

One funny thing I realized while listening to the playback: I think that insurance companies would play a big role in a modern, industrialized society based on voluntary relations. This naturally leads some critics to worry, “Wouldn’t the insurance companies turn into the State in your world?” I have come up with responses to that, but I noticed that in Tom’s discussion at one point, he throws out three examples of real-world insurance companies. Their names? Allstate, State Farm, and Progressive. Uh oh.

20 Jun 2014

Intro to RPM and Lessons for the Young Economist

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A brief intro to myself and textbook.

Here’s the student text.

Here’s the teacher’s manual.