Despite the great abundance a relatively free market has brought to the world at least since the industrial revolution, there's no lack of critics who seek to overhaul and replace it with a more ideal system in light of their values and ideologies. The system we're living under encourages greed and numbs people to a … Continue reading Individual Responsibility and the Pursuit of Meaning and Happiness in a Free Market
In modern America, the terms "fascism" and "fascist" have come to take on a vague meaning to describe anyone whom one considers abhorrent or disagreeable, and any technical understanding of the terms appears now to almost exclusively be held by scholars in the fields of history, political philosophy, and economics. Not only has these terms … Continue reading Book Review | As We Go Marching: A Biting Indictment to the Coming of Domestic Fascism in America – John Flynn
Metrics are created to establish quantifiable ways to determine certain trends, be they positive, negative, or neutral. As far as the metrics appropriately signal what they're intended to represent, they may be quite useful to a certain extent, but unless one is conscious of their limitations, they can be "cheated" and accordingly become misleading indicators. … Continue reading Metrics vs People in Economic Analysis
Given the State's far-reaching involvement in various aspects of our lives today, it's clear that the absence thereof would at least to some degree have led to an alteration of the social and economic arrangements presently characterizing our societies. Anarchists all agree that a stateless society would, generally speaking, turn out better than a Statist … Continue reading Entrepreneurship in a Stateless Society
Table of Contents Introduction Reflections on Epistemology The Epistemology of Mathematics From Physics to Economics Economic Thought Before Econometrics The Origins of Econometrics William Petty Leon Walras Methodenstreite: The Austrians vs. the Prussian Historical School Caveats in Economic Statistics GDP CPI Other metrics Causation or Correlation? Are Economic Equations Really Necessary? What is the Purpose … Continue reading The Epistemology of Mathematical Economics and the Austrian Critique
Despite the horrific experience with Socialism across the world throughout the 20th century, the doctrine still maintains plenty of followers and has been growing especially since the Great Recession. "It wasn't real Socialism," they proclaim. While the Statist Socialists, most of whom call themselves "Democratic Socialists", contend that their system could work as long as … Continue reading Why Socialism Leads to Totalitarianism and Vice Versa
As both a libertarian and a student of praxeology, I was somewhat perplexed from the title of Tucker's new book The Market Loves You. Only man acts, in the sense of utilizing means purposively to achieve certain objectives, as the praxeological axiom goes; the market as an aggregate of individuals cannot by itself act, and … Continue reading Book Review: The Market Loves You | Jeffrey Tucker
In this essay, published in 1962, Mises elaborates in depth what praxeology means, what implications it has for the study of human action, and criticizes doctrines contradictory to the praxeological method (especially logical positivism). Mises takes complete distance from the classical characterization of man as "Homo oeconomicus" (that is, a purely self-interested and rational person), … Continue reading Book Review: “The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science” – Ludwig von Mises
I used to be relatively passive to Bitcoin and crypto-currencies in general. I was long persuaded by Peter Schiff's argument that Bitcoin was a bubble that would "have a very short life" due to its lack of intrinsic value and speculative nature, and that it therefore does not fulfill Aristotle's five criteria for good money. … Continue reading What Good has Bitcoin Done for the World?
Why are Libertarians so obsessed with liberty? Many foreign to the philosophical basis for Libertarianism may wonder what exactly makes them think of liberty as so special and unique in comparison to all the other standards one can use as the fundamental basis for one's ethics, such as fairness, justice or equality. Why should liberty be … Continue reading Why is Liberty the Noblest of All Values?