October 2014

Who are the best writers?

I often hear from writers that their best work happens when they aren’t writing to get published, but writing exactly those words that gets their point across. In other words, they write for themselves. The end product, I guess, happens to be something publishers like. I’ve found this to be true in my own writing. […]

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QE over? Brace for inflation.

Lots of people began worrying about inflation when the Federal Reserve began QE back in 2008. Some even predicted “inflationary disaster,” warning that the monetary base cannot quintuple without a correlating rise in consumer prices. For a while, I believed these guys. I was an undergraduate economics student at the time, and their logic made […]

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True identity, free invention

The concept of identity, when not employed on an exclusively individual scale, is inherently reductionist and dehumanizing, a collectivist and ideological abstraction of all that is original and creative in the human being, of all that has not been imposed by inheritance, geography, or social pressure. Rather, true identity springs from the capacity of human […]

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How not to argue with the Pope (or anyone)

In a recent speech, Pope Francis affirmed his belief in the theory of evolution, noting its compatibility with Scripture. The Big Bang, which is today posited as the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine act of creation; rather, it requires it. … Evolution of nature is not inconsistent with the notion of […]

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The Right to Discriminate

My Mises Daily article from last Thursday was reposted in its entirety in this weekend’s edition of LewRockwell.com. He teases it on his homepage with the title “The Right to Discriminate.” Pretty cool!

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Never too big, never too small

The bigness and the economic power of the railroad companies did not impede the emergence of the motor car and the airplane. Ludwig von Mises

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Public accommodation and social engineering

That’s the title of my new piece at Mises.org. In it, I outline the problems with public accommodation not just in terms of the types of problems it creates, but logical flaws with the doctrine itself. I highlight three specific problems: 1. Public accommodation turns the law into a mechanism for social engineering. 2. Public […]

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The problem is public accommodation

Media pundits like to pitch cases like Hitching Post as attacks on religious liberty. Religious freedom issues are great for ratings, after all. They rile people up. For those who don’t know, the owners of Hitching Post Wedding Chapel were recently ordered to conduct a same-sex wedding ceremony despite their religious objection. If they refuse, they face jail […]

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Brace for more stupid, unwarranted Islamophobia

Mark my words: Mainstream media pundits will make a big deal out of the fact that the gunman in Ottowa today was a Muslim. In fact, they usually only use the word “terrorist” when the perpetrator was a Muslim. That’s sad, because most terrorists aren’t actually Muslim. In fact, between 9/11 and 2012, only 33 of […]

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A new blog theme, again

Regular readers of my blog—all three or four of you—probably noticed that I changed the theme of my blog. I realize that my old one was only three months old, but I wasn’t sold on the theme I had chosen. It was too busy. I used to like that, but I’ve changed my mind. My […]

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