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Knock it Off

Legal SystemCalculation and Knowledge

Blog09/06/2007

Jacob Sullum's excellent Reason column, The Knock Against Knockoffs, he discusses knockoffs of high-fashion, which are not currently subject to copyright. Surprise—designers are lobbying for copyright protection of...

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Thomas Friedman on Addicted to Oil

The EnvironmentCalculation and KnowledgeProduction Theory

Blog08/21/2007

I recently saw Thomas Friedman's "Addicted to Oil" documentary on YouTube. A few nits to pick. First, of course, he unquestioningly buys into the global warming hype as one of the reasons we need to "do something." Second...

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Entrepreneurship, Arbitrage, and Capital

Calculation and KnowledgeCapital and Interest TheoryEntrepreneurship

Blog08/18/2007

[Cross-posted at Organizations and Markets]

Over the years I'm increasingly convinced that Israel Kirzner's metaphor of entrepreneurship as costless discovery ...

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Thoughts on the Latecomer and Homesteading Ideas; or, why the very idea of "ownership" implies that only libertarian principles are justifiable

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical TheoryPrivate Property

Blog08/15/2007

The following is an edited version of my recent post on a libertarian discussion list. I've often noted how Hoppe's writings on libertarian ethics stress the importance of the "prior-later" distinction and the problems with the "latecomer" ethic. A few thoughts on...

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Why People Walk on Stairs and Sometimes Stand on Escalators

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog08/15/2007

Here is the problem, according to Steven Landsburg:

Taking a step has a certain cost, in terms of energy expended. That cost is the same whether you're on the stairs or on the escalator. And taking a step has a certain benefit...

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The one question you must never ask an economist

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog08/14/2007

Economists are everywhere. Steve Levitt, Tim Harford and Steven Landsburg use newspaper columns and best-selling books to show how economics can account for why drug dealers live with their...

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Gore: Ignorant or Dishonest?

The EnvironmentCalculation and Knowledge

Blog07/04/2007

In his July 1, 2007, New York Times Op-Ed piece, "Moving Beyond Kyoto," Al Gore states:

Consider this tale of two planets. Earth and Venus are almost exactly the...

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John Galt Lacks Appropriate Neural Firing

Taxes and SpendingCalculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog06/20/2007

From the University of Oregon comes this: A psychologist and two economists have conducted a study that proves that we, as good little citizens of the regime, are made happy by the extraction of our wealth in the...

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