The infrastructure boondoggle . . . Always assumed and never questioned: that gov’t “investment” in roads and bridges is a win for the economy. Ryan McMaken of Mises doesn’t assume it, and he’s asking a lot of questions.
Going global . . . Brian Domitrovic of Learn Liberty traces America’s economic history from WWII to today.
Our 51st state? . . . Puerto Rico would like that. Statehood would bring many benefits, but, says Ed Krayewski of Reason, they’ll need to set aside their love of big government if they expect to turn things around economically.
Squid and Whale . . . M.G. Seigler of FEE extols the two biggest and most interesting creatures in the digital ocean: Netflix and Amazon.
Gun rights in Europe . . . There aren’t a lot. But things may be changing.
Meme Magic . . . Ludwig von Mises may have died in more than 40 years ago, but he would have understood the power of a good meme better than the rest of us today, because he understood the power of ideas.
Post-War prosperity . . . Think things were so great in the 1950s? With a top tax rate of 91%, 20% for the lowest bracket, and nine recessions in the decade, it may only have seemed great compared with WWII and the Great Depression. Now the 60s, they were great.
Tolerating the bad idea . . . Even that, says John Stuart Mill, is good for society. So don’t silence the crackpot. Talk to him (or her).
Is organic better? . . . NO, says Bjorn Lomborg of PragerU. And NO, says a lot of studies.
Freedom for our friends down south . . . Waaay down south. Lawrence Reed of FEE talks the evils of socialism and the hope for liberty in South America.
Shilling for the State . . . Economist Robert Shiller thinks the only thing standing between us and the next housing bubble burst is more gov’t regulation. Mark Thornton of Mises thinks he’s wrong.
The Great Depression . . . A primer on the competing theories for what caused it. [5:00]
Freeing the airwaves . . . Nick Gillespie of ReasonTV sits down with economist and author Thomas Hazlett to talk FCC, net neutrality, and the stifling of innovation.
The major is what matters . . . not the degree. Antony Davies of Dusquense University and James Harrigan of Freedom Trust discuss the value of choosing the right college major. [13:00]
What’s so bad about the Galactic Empire? . . . George Lucas never tells us, so FEE takes a shot at figuring it out. [8:00]
Is it a luxury bubble? . . . or sustained long-term growth? Mark Thornton of Mises has an opinion (and some data to back it up).
US Econ History #6 . . . Brian Domitrovic explains the effects of heavy government intervention during the Progressive and New Deal eras. Interesting note: the 1920’s, the decade between these eras, was actually pretty good. [5:20]
Franchise regs will help no one . . . The National Labor Relations Board wants to re-write the rules on the franchisee / franchisor relationship. And in typical short-sighted government fashion, it will actually hurt both groups. [2:30]
A win for the little guy . . . and the mini drone. A federal court has struck down an FAA rule that would mandate the registration of small non-commercial drones. That’s good. What’s bad is that someone thought up the rule at all.
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Our debt . . . household debt, that is, has just surpassed even levels during our run-up to 2008. That’s an all-time high, folks. Ryan McMaken of Mises breaks it down for us.
The Gilded Age . . . Brian Domitrovic looks back at our high-water mark for economic growth – the 1870s and 1880s. Despite the excess of the robber-barons, intense competition improved the lot of the working man quicker than any time, before or since.
The immigration debate . . . actually gets debated by some really smart people at Learn Liberty. It’s a longer commitment (1.5 hours), but just dropping in for a stretch is worth it.
Cyber security . . . Gov’t is the problem, not the solution, says Scott Shackford of Reason.
A state-level immigration policy? . . . Not exactly, but recent legislation pieces in the US Senate and House may be a step in the right direction.