Monthly Archives: November 2011

On Property Rights

From Hernando de Soto’s The Other Path (p. 178 in the hardback edition): Contrary to the widespread belief in Latin America, the economic importance of property rights is not that they provide assets which benefit their holders exclusively, but that … Continue reading

Posted in Economical Musings, Uncategorized | 16 Comments

The Subsidization of Rural Life

Wil Truman’s blog entry about rural medicine and Russell Saunders’ subsequent comment about “the need to subsidize medical care in rural and underserved communities” led me to wonder whether the U.S. has too large a rural population due to such … Continue reading

Posted in Perverse Incentives | 15 Comments

Confirmation Bias

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has become a must-read for me. It should be for you, too.

Posted in LMAO | 1 Comment

Another Great Moment in Student Writing

Different class, different student, but maybe even funnier. While I whore-heartedly agree… I can’t wait until class on Tuesday; I’m going to have a little fun.

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Great Moments in Student Writing

In a paper about nuclear terrorism: If a terrorist would tactfully plan out a bombing scheme to hit the East coast of the United States, the fallout alone would affect half the U.S.

Posted in Teaching | 9 Comments

Is This What a Declining Power Looks Like?

CNN’s Ben Wederman writes: Against this backdrop is an across-the-board diminution of American power in the Middle East. At the end of this year the United States will end its military presence in Iraq, and soon afterward, it will do … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Is This a Real “No True Scotsman” Example?

Looking up information on the privatization of the Indiana toll road, I found this interesting nugget of information on Wikipedia. The Libertarian Party of La Porte County, opposed Major Moves quite vocally, proclaiming that “Pirates [have] return[ed] to the shores … Continue reading

Posted in Analyzing Libertarianism | 3 Comments

Getting the Truth About the Sexual Harrassment Accusations Against Herman Cain

Herman Cain says he supports waterboarding. That’s good news, because now we can find out just how many woman he’s sexually harassed. I predict the number to which he will confess is exactly the number to which the waterboarders decide … Continue reading

Posted in Politics in General | 4 Comments

Hooray for Mississippi

There’s three words I never thought I’d put together in a sentence, but Mississippians, at least the better sort of ones, voted down a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a person. In addition to … Continue reading

Posted in Laws-Damned Laws-and Statists | 2 Comments

Guest Post at the League

And lots of ensuing discussion, some of it interesting, some of it the same ol’ liberal misunderstandings of how markets work (even though my post really had almost nothing to do with markets. link.

Posted in Analyzing Libertarianism