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Tag: Austrian Economics
  • Like Austrian economics? There’s an app for that!

    It’s no secret that a great many YALers are big fans of the Austrian school of economics. And it’s also no secret that Millennials are big fans of their smartphones. But until now, there was nothing bringing these two things together (shocking!). Well fear not, for Brian Balfour, Director of Policy at the Civitas Institute, has …

  • Book Review: The Troy Standard

    I found my way to the liberty movement through the writings of Ayn Rand. I therefore admit some bias when I say that the best way to get new people to explore the ideas of freedom, individual rights, and capitalism is to illustrate the points in a story. Of course, it’s not always possible to …

  • IP Needs to Be Reconsidered

    Last month, the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC), in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, released a report evaluating intellectual property (IP) laws in eleven different countries. The report used five general categories—patent law, copyright law, trademark law, enforcement thereof, and participation in international treaties—as a basis for evaluation. The United States was ranked …

  • Star Wars and the Austrian School: Introducing Darth Plagueis

    Darth Plagueis was a dark lord of the Sith so powerful and so wise, he could… even keep the ones he cared about from dying…  The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities, some considered to be unnatural.  He became so powerful, the only thing he was afraid of was losing …

  • Star Wars and the Austrian School: Trade Routes (Part 2)

    Continued from Part I: The Great Hyperspace War Part II: The Invasion of Naboo For those less-than-diehard Star Wars fans who insist that anything not in the six movies doesn’t count, they can witness this political-economic travesty of protectionism in Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  Because of a dispute over the taxation of trade routes …

  • Star Wars and the Austrian School: Trade Routes (Part I)

    Part I: The Great Hyperspace War For those knowledgeable nerds who are well-versed in Star Wars expanded universe history (such as your author), they would be familiar with the lore of the Great Hyperspace War.  Originally appearing in the Tales of the Jedi comic book series and being mentioned throughout the Knights of the Old …

  • Star Wars and the Austrian School: A Brief Overview

    Star Wars is unquestionably a brilliant saga that touches the hearts of many through its incorporation of timeless literary archetypes and humanist themes.  Adventure, love, loss, spirituality, good vs. evil, and the triumph of the human (and humanoid) spirit…  Yet there are other characteristics standing out that demand attention and respect, such as the saga’s …

  • Listen to Those Who Saw It Coming

    “Air Force veteran Nellie Cooper thought she was following good advice when she refinanced her home’s mortgage with an adjustable-rate loan,” writes Gidget Fuentes of armytimes.com.  Turns out this was not the case.  Rather, following many years of illusionary expansion and soaring prices in the housing market, people like Cooper faced “financial ruin” when it …

  • Mises University 2011 Comes to an End

    The Ludwig von Mises Institute’s week-long Mises University program was amazing as always this year, with students representing about 32 US states and over 30 different countries.  Lectures ranged from topics such as money and banking to the division of labor and praxeology.  Meals were provided and everyone was able to discuss the fallacies of …

  • Inflation Soon to Rear Its Ugly Head

    Over at Zero Hedge, a phenomenal blog on all things financial, Tyler Durden, the site’s anonymous owner and manager, sees some disturbing writing on the wall. Consumer credit is starting to increase again. With more and more money starting to change hands, prices are dangerously close to going through the roof: He concludes, “If that …