Category Archives: Free Markets

Friday Links — And I’m back

Sorry for the long delay in posting. Between some technical difficulties and a personal project (click the “read more” if you’re interested), I’ve not been able to dedicate any time to the blog. Due to the technical difficulties, I had … Continue reading

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A few stray thoughts on storms and fantasy football

Best wishes to those of you in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Stay safe and, assuming you still have power, below are a few things to think about while you wait out the storm. Some people are trying to find … Continue reading

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Free Speech

Free speech is one of the mental models we learn about from free societies. Recently, I was asked for some sources on free speech, so I figured I might as well share them with all of you. First, I want … Continue reading

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The Law

I know many of you have read parts of Frederic Bastiat’s The Law. Perhaps one of his most famous observations from this book is the concept of legal plunder (or what some of you may have heard described as profiting … Continue reading

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What’s the market-like alternative?

Last week I wrote about there-ought-to-be-a-law thinking. A similar thing often happens in organizations — be it a business or a sports team or a reading group — I call it there-ought-to-be-a-rule thinking. I’ll admit I’ve had conversations along this line … Continue reading

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What’s the Market Solution?

Have you ever heard something on the news and thought to yourself, “There ought to be a law!”? I’ve become a bit dismayed that this phrase has become an acceptable form of showing distaste with something (imagine if we outlawed … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I thought I’d start out the new year on the blog by going back to some free market classics. It’s amazing how essays I’ve read before seem new again after some time. Try revisiting “I, Pencil” this … Continue reading

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Toaster Tales: The Knowledge Problem

Before you watch the video below, take a moment to consider some quotes about knowledge. “Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.” A. N. Whitehead   I am a lead … Continue reading

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Pennies in the Bank

NPR reported on something near and dear to many of us–fees that banks charge us.  It seems that every time I withdraw money from an ATM or look at my bank statement, I walk away with a scowl mumbling something … Continue reading

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Friday Links: Economic Freedom of the World Edition

In honor of the Economic Freedom of World Report release earlier this week, today’s links are all about economic freedom. (Here’s a reminder for those of you who want a refresher on economic freedom.) The Mercatus Center has a video showing how … Continue reading

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