05 Nov 2018

Three Links

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==> My appearance on the “Legendary Man Cave” podcast talking about Austrian economics.

==> On Lions of Liberty talking Krugman.

==> We have the LMR interviews now available to everybody, going back to Scott Horton’s May issue.

05 Nov 2018

Me on Voting

All Posts, Economics, Voting 26 Comments

This is a good one from right before the 2016 election.

04 Nov 2018

The Truth About God

Religious 2 Comments

(That’s my edgy title for the internet.)

I saw this on Twitter and thought it was nice:

03 Nov 2018

Bob, Tom, and Tatiana on Naomi Brockwell’s Crypto Quiz Show

Bitcoin No Comments

We had no idea what this was going to be. I think it turned out pretty funny.

03 Nov 2018

Potpourrier

Potpourri, Shameless Self-Promotion 8 Comments

(Get it, like “more Potpourri”?)

In my previous post I forgot to mention these items:

==> I had a blog post at Independent remarking on the 10th anniversary of the Bitcoin whitepaper.

==> This fictional piece from Scott Alexander is excellent.

03 Nov 2018

Potpourri

Austrian School, Climate Change, Contra Krugman, Potpourri, Shameless Self-Promotion 10 Comments

Sorry for the radio silence. We had the 3rd annual Contra Cruise, and I also had a bunch of “day job” projects. Things should be getting back to normal around here…

==> Speaking of the cruise, this is the episode Tom and I recorded in front of the live audience. Good stuff–and don’t miss the Easter egg at the end.

==> Not sure how I stumbled on this, but an old Mises blog post reminds us that Bill Kristol has been wrong about everything.

==> This is hilarious: It’s my own take on William Nordaus, except in a Bizarro universe where I favor aggressive government intervention to arrest climate change.

==> I was part of a panel that nominated the Best Economics Books for beginners.

21 Oct 2018

Wisdom About Debt From the Mosaic Code

Religious 18 Comments

In our Bible study we covered Deuteronomy 15. Some interesting excerpts:

1“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. 2And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the LORD’s release has been proclaimed. 3Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. 4But there will be no poor among you; for the LORD will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess, 5if only you will strictly obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today. 6For the LORD your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

7“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. 9Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin. 10You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. 11For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Notice, contrary to the assertions of many of today’s free traders (not that there’s anything wrong with that), that God (speaking through Moses) did not view capital inflows from abroad as a necessary blessing.

Also interesting is that if your brother was down and out, the community (of course) was supposed to take care of him, but via a loan, rather than simple charity.

And yet, no child of Israel could thereby end up in permanent debt-bondage, because of the first rule discussed.

16 Oct 2018

Nordhaus vs. the IPCC

Climate Change, Contra Krugman, David R. Henderson 72 Comments

Folks, this is really ludicrous. Look at the stuff I dug up from Nordhaus’ most recent model run.

(Also, Tom and I walk through it on the latest Contra Krugman.)

David R. Henderson catches the Niskanen Center crew likewise spouting nonsense on this. Note, I am choosing my words carefully. I don’t just mean, “Hey, I disagree.” I mean, they are saying the UN’s latest report shows the folly of ignoring the work of William Nordhaus…when they themselves are thereby ignoring the work of William Nordhaus.