The “f” word, revisited.

A former student recently directed me to this “not particularly good article” (her words, with which I concur) and asked for my comments. I sent her some brief comments; hopefully I helped clarify just how confusing the issue… Read More

On leftovers.

An anonymous reader e-mails: So, seeing as you know a lot about economics, I was wondering if you could tell me anything about the economic ramifications of a large corporation like “Large Corporation” donating shrink/ old product to… Read More

On libertarianism.

An anonymous reader e-mailed, “Your thoughts on Libertarianism and the growing movement especially amongst young people?” I’ve written several posts that address libertarian ideas in some fashion. I’m not going to list them all here, but you’re welcome… Read More

On Ayn Rand.

An anonymous reader asked, “What do you think of Ayn Rand? I recently read Atlas Shrugged and wanted to hear what you think.” From what I’ve seen and read of her interviews, she seemed like an unpleasant-enough person… Read More

On Wallerstein.

A few days ago I was asked to watch and presumably comment on an interview with Immanuel Wallerstein about capitalism and the debt crisis. Here’s part one. Here’s part two. Here’s part three. Wallerstein had some interesting things… Read More

On the GOP field, part three.

Yesterday an anonymous reader e-mailed, asking: “Your thoughts on Rick Santorum?” He or she apparently has read neither this post nor this post. If I may address the matter a bit more seriously than in the January post:… Read More

██ ████ ███ ████, part two.

Finished the book Against Intellectual Monopoly. Actually, “finished” may be a bit of a stretch since I skimmed some parts; I’ve got a flood of DBQs coming in this week and I wanted this book out of the… Read More

██ ████ ███ ████, part one.

A few days ago, Noutheteo asked: From an economic standpoint, what is your opinion of SOPA/PIPA and the recent “blackout”? Is there a need for government to intervene with intellectual property laws, and if so, is the SOPA/PIPA… Read More

On Paul.

An anonymous reader asks, “What are your thoughts on Ron Pauls rise in fame and in the polls. Is he the real deal? Or just another Ross Perot?” Ron Paul has had an unusual effect on the political… Read More

On Austrian economics.

From the mailbag: Last week, “Hard Candy” asked, “What is your opinion on the Austrian School of Economics?” Before I respond, let me warn you that my answer would probably not please the purists of the Austrian (or… Read More


An anonymous reader writes, “Would you give us your opinion on major political issues these days such as immigration, drug legalization, abortion, and gay marriage?” That’s a great question, and I appreciate the question. I suppose I would… Read More

On the GOP field, part one.

Last week, an anonymous reader asked: “What is your honest opinion of each of the GOP candidates for president?” Four years ago at this time, I thought that either Romney or Fred Thompson would win the Republican nomination,… Read More