Archive for private law

Three of My Talks From Mises U

Hmm I realized I don’t always post these, since a lot of it is repeated from previous years. However, you should watch my opening jokes for the first one below, because some of them are new. Also, I think I did the second talk (featured below) a bit differently from how I normally do. Finally, […]

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Airbnb: Regulation Without the State

My latest at FEE. An excerpt: If potential renters had perfect information and deliberated over such decisions with the discipline of a samurai, there would be little need for external rules or regulation. Owners could offer rooms of varying attributes (including price), and each renter would pick the option that he or she liked best. […]

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Should Whole Foods Be Using Prison Labor?

I don’t definitively answer that question–I’m an economist after all. But I think you’ll have a better way of thinking about the issue after my latest FEE article. My favorite line: “In an ideal society, the term “prison labor” should not strike us as cruel and exploitative any more than the terms “office labor” or […]

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Does Silk Road Refute Rothbardianism?

My latest at FEE. Incidentally, as Jeff Tucker’s comment at the end of the article reminded me, I should have issued a disclaimer: I am stipulating that the message logs are accurate, for the sake of argument. I wanted to show that even if Dread Pirate Roberts did everything that the logs purport, then it is […]

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Potpourri

==> I’ve been really enjoying Tom Woods’ show lately. Not to downplay the other guests, but make sure you catch Michael Malice on the cops and Scott Horton on the Senate torture report. ==> Speaking of the torture report, apparently Americans aren’t too worried about it. And Dick Cheney explicitly says that he would rather […]

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Anarchy, State, and Government: No Means No

Sometimes you can read something that you’ve heard a thousand times before, but for whatever reason it hits you in a new way that changes your whole perspective. That recently happened to me when I was reading Albert Jay Nock’s Our Enemy, the State. To understand the context, you should know that I am a […]

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Questions From the Mighty Samson

Samson Corwell sent me some good questions on an-cap legal theory but I am too busy to answer. He said I could post them here. Feel free to respond in the comments… An important thing to keep in my mind that a society’s legal system is an altogether separate matter from its form of government […]

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“If You Hate the Government So Much, Move to Somalia!”

I tackle this common objection in my latest LibertyChat article. An excerpt: People lose the ability to think rationally when it comes to politics, so let’s change the context for a moment. Suppose I say, “You can get a better night’s sleep if the room is dark.” Would it be a good put-down for a […]

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