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  • Re: European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation - ECAEF

    ECAEF also has a yearly essay competition that anyone under 30 is free to enter (geared toward students) and includes a paid trip to Liechtenstein from anywhere plus sizeable cash prizes: -- it's a great time and a beautiful little libertarian country.
    Posted to General (Forum) by whakaheke on Wed, Jul 18 2012
  • Re: Fastest growing school of economic thought?

    Regarding the excerpts from a debate on equilibrium vs. disequilibrium, I may be missing the point entirely, but I don't see what's going on there. Didn't Lachmann see his work as an extension of Hayek's capital theory (e.g. from capital stock to capital structure with heterogenous expections) and Hayek agreed, right? Aren't "long
    Posted to General (Forum) by whakaheke on Mon, Jul 16 2012
  • Re: Fastest growing school of economic thought?

    Austrian school is almost certainly becoming more well-known among the wider population, as is likely evidenced by google search data and web traffic and the uptick in news items mentioning Austrian econ in recent years. A recent WSJ article covered Prof. Boettke of George Mason, describing him as the leader of an "Austrian revival" in economics
    Posted to General (Forum) by whakaheke on Mon, Jul 16 2012
  • Re: What's your beef with Roderick Long and "left-libertarianism"?

    Roderick Long's 'left-libertarianism' is substantively no different from the normal non-'leftist' libertarian position (of a Rothbardian kind, in this case). Differences lie in the terminology and conceptual framework used to argue for the position. Ignoring the confused and confusing terminology, the weakness and near-absurdity
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by whakaheke on Fri, Jun 1 2012
  • Re: Hm, new idea by AnCap professor: charter cities

    Misesians here must find it both unsurprising and amusing that leftists ITT are disgusted by sincere proposals that would very likely lead to an incredible increase in quality of life for millions of relatively impoverished human beings. Like the freer market and freer trade reforms in China from the 1970s to 2000s or the capitalist corporatism of 1980s
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by whakaheke on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Re: Why NOT left-libertarianism?

    "Left-libertarian" is a vague and broad gaga neologism. There is no "left-libertarianism" in any coherent family resemblance sense. Everything put forward under the label consists of either the mere confusing of language (Rod Long, Brad Spangler), typically deleterious anti-libertarian constructivism (Otsuka, Vallentyne, Proudhon
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by whakaheke on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Re: Why Did Federal Government Create the Recommended Dietary Guidelines If Data Was Flawed?

    Sieben, you seem to be missing the point of a lot of the paleo and Taubesian argument, which is precisely that eating certain kinds of neolithic and industrial foods leads to appetite disregulation (which is not explanatorily reducible to the starvation signaling and fat-oxidation-stimulating molecule leptin) which leads to more frequent, lasting, and
    Posted to General (Forum) by whakaheke on Sun, Oct 16 2011
  • Re: Who here can refute Einstein on socialism?

    Einstein himself "refuted" this in other things he wrote... e.g.: It is no accident that Capitalism has brought with it progress, not merely in production but also in knowledge. Egoism and competition are, alas, stronger forces than 'public spirit' and 'sense of duty.' In Russia they say it is impossible to get a decent piece
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by whakaheke on Sun, Oct 16 2011
  • Re: Why are mutualists anti-capitalist?

    As someone else said, they define "capitalism" differently and usually equate it with statism or government-business collusion. "Mutualist" these days usually just means a follower of partisan blowhard Kevin Carson (or more minor internet cranks like Proudhon personality cultist Shawn Wilbur). They don't have a "philosophy"
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by whakaheke on Sun, Oct 16 2011
  • Re: Why is capitalism better than mutualism?

    Right, that is exactly where Kevin Carson's pointless arguments ended up: it's all reducible to wanting to decrease the time until property is considered abandoned. That's dumb precisely because, as you point out, such things are determined in common law... and near-universally, empirically, in human common law (including stateless common
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by whakaheke on Sun, Jul 31 2011
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