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Pareto and Political Optimism, Before and After Covid19

In November 2018, I had the pleasure of having a LibertyMatters discussion on Vilfredo Pareto with Giandomenica Becchio, Rosolino Candela and Richard Wagner at the Online Library of Liberty. The title is “Liberty and Cynicism: Was Vilfredo Pareto a Liberal?”. In a sense, the discussion […]

Canadian versus US Banking

I’ll be discussion leader at a colloquium the weekend after next whose topic is Canadian banking. The readings are so much fun because I’m learning so much history, mainly about banking but partly about politics, in the country I grew up in. Here’s a great […]

The Romanoffs

I recently watched Amazon’s 2018 series The Romanoffs. While reviews were mixed, I thought this limited ensemble series was amazingly good overall. Backstory: A century after the execution of the czar and his immediate family at the hands of the Bolsheviks, viewers experience eight distinct […]

Hitler’s Version of MMT

I am well aware we should never make any comparison between today’s well-meaning statists and Adolf Hitler. But the latter’s “table talks,” his table monologues to inner-circle guests, recorded by shorthand writers, are sometimes instructive. On October 15, 1941, for example, he explained his monetary […]

Larry White on the Gold Standard

Late last week I got the results of my mid-term exam in Jeff Hummel’s Masters class in Monetary Theory and Policy. I got an A. (Yay!) When I told my wife, she said she would’ve been surprised if I hadn’t, given that I was the […]

Covid: The next issue

I don’t see much discussion in the media of an issue that will soon take front and center stage. In America, over 700 people die of Covid each day. Almost all of the deaths are among people who have not been vaccinated. Within a few […]

Admissions versus Asians

Whenever I want a clear-cut example of latter-day racial discrimination, I point to elite universities’ treatment of Asians. As far as I’m concerned, the evidence is overwhelming. The denials are not only motivated reasoning, but desperate motivated reasoning. Still, this leaves me with a puzzle. […]

Anthony Fauci is Anti-Science

Out of the 120 million people vaccinated in the U.S., roughly 6.9 million have received J&J’s vaccine, Fauci said, noting that there haven’t been any “red flag signals” from the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines that rely on MRNA technology in their shots. Out of […]

Spend More and Be Quick

If you’re like me, it seems surreal that we entered the pandemic over one year ago. One year ago, we were scared and uncertain. Today, many of us are starting to re-emerge. What did we learn from this experience? Are there any silver linings? What […]

An Ageless Hypothetical

Suppose you could either save one 10-year-old, or X 80-year-olds. What value of X is morally indifferent? That is, if you wanted to make the world as morally valuable as possible, when should you switch from saving the young to saving the old? I suspect […]