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Avoiding Biases: Lessons from Michael Huemer

The featured image of this post is a photograph I took two weeks ago less than a mile from my home in Maine. It is only illustrative but, I think, powerfully illustrative. In evaluating the truth, objectivity requires one to check one’s own biases. It […]

Breaking News: Unrealized Capital Gains are Not Taxed

University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers tweets: Stunning new estimates suggest that the 400 wealthiest American families paid an average Federal tax rate of only 8.2%. Wow, I thought. That is stunning. It’s true that a large percent of Americans have a zero average federal […]

Angry Bears

In a comment replying to MikeP about my post “Preach What You Practice,” September 20, 2021, I made the point that acting rationally often involves going along with something that doesn’t make sense because the penalties are substantial. I wrote: Something that helps me deal […]

The OCTOPEST Oracle

Can corporate America, and Big Tech in particular, be democratized? How can we make capitalism more accountable to the people? In this episode, EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomes back the OCTOPEST of Microsoft, Glen Weyl. Says Roberts, “I love capitalism. Because capitalism, profit, and loss, […]

Should Paid Leave Programs be Public or Private?

The Wall Street Journal had a very good and rather comprehensive Review and Outlook piece yesterday about what’s wrong with the Democrats’ push to create a federal paid leave program. The piece makes some important points, not least of which is that the absence in […]

Introduction to the Czech Edition of Open Borders

The Czech translation of Open Borders is now available for sale. And for those of you who don’t speak Czech, here’s the English version of my all-new Introduction to the Czech Edition. Special thanks to Martin Pánek, Director of the Liberální institut, for making this […]

StockWatch: Boeing & Ryanair’s Public Fallout!

Boeing is being called out by Ryanair, one of its major customers, for not selling its jets more cheaply. So far Boeing is standing fast and refusing to meet Ryanair’s price demand, despite the sales hit over the last two years. CEO Michael O’Leary called […]

Toward a Constitutional Theory of Property Rights

Prior to and since the death of Harold Demsetz, there have been a series of wonderful posts here on Econlib that have highlighted the importance of his work, in particular his article, “Toward a Theory of Property Rights” (1967). What makes it such a great […]

USDCHF Zigzag Wave y To Complete Near 0.944

The formation of the USDCHF pair suggests the development of a cycle wave y, which hints at a double zigzag Ⓦ-Ⓧ-Ⓨ of the primary degree. Let’s pay attention to the last primary wave Ⓨ, which is under development. Wave Ⓨ has a complex internal structure […]

How Could the Markets React to German Elections?

Forming a new government in Germany will be a complicated affair. Nonetheless, the voting and the counting of votes on Sunday will run with the typical German efficiency. What’s likely to rile up the markets for a while afterward is the expectation for extended and […]