Category Archives: Influences

Good reads–Pricing Beauty by Ashley Mears

This book is a thorough, academic treatment of the modeling industry. The author ably covers a number of fascinating sociological aspects of one of the more extraordinary industries in modern culture. This is so even though really she never defines … Continue reading

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Good reads–Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

By many accounts, Daniel Kahneman is the father of his field, Behavioral Economics, which is a mix between behavioral psychology and traditional economics and has provided perhaps the most fascinating material in recent pop science literature. While this book is … Continue reading

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The first step to reform

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Free Market Forum via Hillsdale College

All those interested in all things free will be delighted by a series of events this week hosted by Hillsdale College. The information is as follows: Free Market Forum “Markets, Government, and the Common Good” Presented in conjunction with the … Continue reading

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Films of note in theaters

Margin Call: A thriller that revolves around the key people at a investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis. Ides of March: A young communications director works for a fast-rising presidential candidate. During … Continue reading

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The course of scholarship

One of Google’s new apps, the Ngram Viewer, promises hours of study, play, and debate. It basically provides a graphical representation of the commonality of words throughout the history of published books (that Google has access to). Uncertain of the … Continue reading

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Propaganda: repetition and fear

A propaganda film about propaganda. Learn how the powers that be use argumentum ad metum (the appeal to fear) and constant repetition to subtly manipulate your emotions. Be sure to visit my website to check out more exclusive content. By … Continue reading

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Why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?

Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist.

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Are sovereign islands the new frontier?

(Details) [Peter] Thiel spends a lot of time thinking about frontiers. “Way more than is healthy,” he admits. Not just financial frontiers, though that’s his day job: He cofounded PayPal, the online money-transfer service, and, most famously, was the angel … Continue reading

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This is a blog dedicated to economics, politics, and modern living. It is anchored by the theory in a recently published book titled Juggernaut: Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save It. The metaphor used , the … Continue reading

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Its fall was announced by a clearer omen than the flight of vultures: the Roman government appeared every day less formidable to its enemies, more odious and oppressive to its subjects.

Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

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In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

George Orwell, ‘Politics and the English Language’.

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If it makes them money they might just give you life this time

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Economist soundtracks–Friedman

In this latest edition of Economist Soundtracks, we look at a man who The Economist magazine described as “the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century…possibly of all of it.” Milton Friedman (July 31, 1912 – … Continue reading

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Economist soundtracks–Marx

In this, the fourth installment of economist soundtracks, we look at the fascinating life and work of Karl Marx, who obviously faced no shortage of facial hair. Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German … Continue reading

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How to choose a winner

Thanks to another week of volatility in the markets, we are again face-to-face with the fact that there is absolutely no sensible reason for the movement of stock and derivatives prices. It is at times like these that one recalls … Continue reading

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Economist soundtracks–Hayek

This is the second installment of “economist soundtracks”, dedicated to Keynes’ nemesis and challenger to statists everywhere, Friedrich A. Hayek. Friedrich August Hayek CH (8 May 1899 – 23 March 1992), born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek, was an … Continue reading

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Economist soundtracks–Keynes

In this and subsequent “economist soundtracks”, we will feature a playlist of songs that highlight each economist’s life and work. To kick things off, I have chosen the economist that is perhaps the most influential throughout the last hundred years, … Continue reading

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What is the role of government?

Let’s everybody watch this and debate.

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If you think this is over, then you’re wrong

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