“The lesson of history,” Ferguson eagerly argues, “is that biological and political contagions often coincide.”
Book Review: “The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills”
The theme of Jesse Singal’s book, The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills, is that many psychological theories that have promised a quick fix for various social problems have not lived up to their hype. Singal does a very good expose, although there is more to be said in some cases. I will make brief comments on each chapter.
Three Books on the Covid/Lockdown Catastrophe
“Faucian Bargain: The Most Powerful and Dangerous Bureaucrat in American History” by Steven Deace, “Lockdowns on Trial” by Michael Betrus, and “When Politicians Panicked” by John Tamny.
Andrew Bernstein’s The Capitalist Manifesto
Andrew Bernstein’s book is “among the best single presentations of the case for capitalism. (It is) amazingly good.” – Harry Binswanger
A Declaration and Constitution for a Free Society
Making the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution Fully Consistent with the Protection of Individual Rights.
The Case for Capitalism
Henry Hazlitt’s 1949 review of Ludwig Von Mises’ Human Action
Introduction to How to Be Profitable and Moral By Jaana Woiceshyn
An excerpt from the Introduction to How to Be Profitable and Moral By Jaana Woiceshyn.
Michael Sandel’s Tyranny of the “Common Good”
Sandel’s bottom line: you did not earn anything. It is all determined or blind luck. Sandel’s goal is to induce unearned guilt in everyone who does well in life.
The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Crisis into a Catastrophe
COVID-19 doomsday predictions should have been received with skepticism.
Jacob Goldstein’s “Planet Money”: Snarky, Inaccurate, and Oddly Incomplete
Every step of the way, Goldstein’s account is mistaken.
Bjorn Lomborg’s “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet”
Bjorn Lomborg’s “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet” is a true alarm—a call for a re-thinking of climate policy entirely.
“The Aristocracy of Pull” Meets Public Choice Theory: Randall Holcombe’s “Political Capitalism”
Holcombe mixes the theory of economic and political elites as it has been developed by political scientists and sociologists with Public Choice Theory to help us understand what Ayn Rand called “the aristocracy of pull” in Atlas Shrugged.
Liberty or Lockdown
The people with everything to gain from the lockdowns had nothing to lose; the people who had nothing to gain lost everything.
How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation By Harry Binswanger
How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation, by Harry Binswanger, is both an in-depth presentation of Ayn Rand’s “Objectivist” theory of knowledge and Binswanger’s own answers to issues that Rand did not write on, such as, propositions and validation.
The Devil and Karl Marx
Kengor does a yeoman’s job of highlighting the evils of Marxism.
Three Books on Solving The Climate Crisis: False Alarm, Apocalypse Never and Green Market Revolution
Joakim Book contrasts and compares Bjorn Lomborg’s “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet”, Michael Shellenberger’s “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All”, and Christopher Barnard and Kai Weiss’ edited book “Green Market Revolution: How Market Environmentalism Can Protect Nature and Save the World.”
The Rich in Public Opinion: What We Think When We Think About Wealth
Zitelmann offers a convincing and engaging prescription of how we can contend with the Jacobin and Guardian journalists who seem to derive damaging and dangerous conclusions from prejudices supported by nothing but empty air.
Thomas Sowell at 90: Understanding Race and Culture Around the World
Now, at the age of 90, Thomas Sowell continues to offer us understanding and insight into the attitudes and institutions that can bring all people greater peace and prosperity, as well as human liberty.
How To Be Profitable and Moral: Rationality Applied to Business Ethics for The 21st Century
A Review of Jaana Woiceshyn’s “How To Be Profitable and Moral”
Child of Freedom, Parent of Prosperity: Matt Ridley’s “How Innovation Works”
Hopefully, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom will inspire others to champion the planting of the seeds of innovation while protecting the soil of freedom that this precious and most delicate of flowers – that “child of freedom and parent of prosperity” — thrives on.
In Defense of The Austrian School of Economics
If you approach Austrians economics from a Marxian-style dialectic, as Janek Wasserman does, then you will miss the entire point of the school of thought and its contribution to the science of economics.
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
When The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression appeared originally in France in 1997, it caused a firestorm of controversy.
The Passing of an Illusion: The Idea of Communism in the Twentieth Century
Why did so many people turn their backs on the Western ideal of democratic, limited government and a market economy based on private ownership of the means of production?
Jean-Baptiste Say: An Economist in Troubled Times
To consume, men must first produce.