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  • Can economy theory explain elimination of slavery?

    I am always suspicious that there is a strong connection between economy and politic. Before slaves are the only way to get things done better. So incentive to support slavery is high. Then industrialization run high and low paid workers can get paid higher. More and more capitalists find it easier to...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by genepool on Thu, Mar 15 2012
  • What caused the housing boom/bust of the mid-1890s?

    I was reading Doug French's book about the housing collapse and came across the Shiller graph showing historical home values. I'm a self-taught student of economics and don't have the background that others might. I wanted to pick the brains of the Mises community on the housing spike/collapse...
    Posted to History (Forum) by ashleycsmith85 on Thu, Feb 10 2011
  • Import/tonnage duties during the early Constitutional period (1788-1800 CE)

    I am wondering if anyone knows anything about the duties on imports and tonnage which the Union imposed in the summer of 1789 as a result of the first session of Congress, or if anyone has any general knowledge about import/tonnage duties. Specifically, I would like answers to the following questions...
    Posted to History (Forum) by Egon on Mon, Jan 25 2010
  • Question about late 19th Century "surplus".

    I am currently doing a dissertation on American foreign policy and at the moment I am reading William Appleman Williams The Tragedy of American Diplomacy . In it, he says that US expansionist policies gained support from industrialists and farmers in an effort to "open" and/or "find"...
    Posted to History (Forum) by Tyler Rouillard on Thu, Jun 18 2009
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