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Tag: Hayek
  • SimCity and Society

    Earlier this month, Electronic Arts released its latest installment of SimCity, the ever-popular city-simulation franchise. Writing at the New York Times, Stephen Totilo suggested that, “The new SimCity has all the potential to be a fascinating social experiment.” I think there’s even more to it. Besides being a social experiment, SimCity can also reveal some …

  • White House: 2010 Will Not Be a Year of Great Recovery

    The White House predicted modest growth in its annual economic forecast, warning that a revival of job growth may not bring a big decline in unemployment. This prediction comes as part of a report which doesn’t call for unemployment rates below 6% until 2016 — six long years away.  Nonetheless, it (probably foolishly) predicts “average …

  • Like “The Economist,” LSE Rethinks Itself in Light of the Depression

    The popular economics magazine “The Economist” recently wrote a somewhat introspective issue that questioned the validity of current economic theory.  It seems that the London School of Economics is doing the same. Peter Boettke succinctly states what he, and maybe most of us, hope for: I am not sure what the upshot will be of …

  • David Brooks: Mr. Bentham vs. Mr. Hume

    David Brook’s latest column hits the nail on the head. Brooks describes two hypothetical individuals, Bentham and Hume, who could be chosen to run the government. Bentham is intelligent, calculating, and hands-on. When asked about how to deal with climate change, he draws up grand plans and research institutes to figure out the best methods …

  • Sir Antony Fisher Blocked the Road to Serfdom

    One of the most inspiring individuals of the post-war free-market movement is Sir Antony Fisher.  He was one of the most influential background figures in the global rise of libertarian think tanks after World War II.  In 1945 after flying in the Royal Air Force during the war, Fisher read The Road to Serfdom by F. …

  • The Road to Serfdom Cartoon Movie

  • The Necessity of an Independent Free Press

    A vigorous, independent free press is essential to the American republic, but for many nefarious reasons the Fourth Estate has become lapdogs to the political-technocratic complex.  What would have happened if the Liberty movement hadn’t had the internet to organize and communicate? Below is just one of the pages from The Illustrated Road to Serfdom. 

  • Homeopathic Economics

    GMU economist Peter Boettke countered the idea that increased government involvement in the economy will be a change in course on The Austrian Economists blog yesterday.  “Fiscal policy has been irresponsible for at least two generations,” he argues, and “monetary policy has been loose in an effort to minimize the short term pain of adjustment.”  …

  • Liberty vs. the collectivist mindset

    This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, inspired of course by FA Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. A liberal friend told me, in a discussion about liberty and freedom, that the type of liberty she is most interesting in is preserving women’s rights… understandable given her gender.  However, the typical justification of the …