About the Guest James R. Otteson is executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, and Teaching Professor of Political Economy, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies in… Read More
Archives for March 2015
Ep. 359 Why Is There So Much Bad Economic History?
Host of This Event Mises Institute Related Article “ What Austrian Economics Can Teach Historians ,” by Tom Woods (Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, vol. 11. no. 3, 2008) Resource LearnAustrianEconomics.com Resource Page World War II and American Prosperity (smashes this myth) Special Offers Learn the history and economics they didn’t teach you, from professors you can trust and in… Read More
Ep. 358 Is Salon Right? Is Honduras a Libertarian Nightmare?
About the Guest Michael Strong is an author, a co-founder of Radical Social Entrepreneurs, and the founder of numerous Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools. Article Discussed “ My Libertarian Vacation Nightmare: How Ayn Rand, Ron Paul and Their Groupies Were All Debunked ,” by Edwin Lyngar Articles in Favor of Free Zones “ The Blank Slate State ,” by Brian Doherty “ The Legal Autonomy of the Dubai International Financial Centre: A Scalable Strategy for Global Free-Market Reforms ,” by Michael John… Read More
Ep. 357 The Myth of the Keynesian Multiplier
About the Guest William J. Boyes is professor emeritus of economics at Arizona State University. Article Discussed “ The Keynesian Multiplier Concept Ignores Crucial Opportunity Costs ,” by William J. Boyes Guest’s Website Center for the Study of Economic Liberty Rothbard on the Multiplier Bob Murphy summarizes the argument at the end of this article . Related Episodes Ep. 118 : Boom and Bust:… Read More
Ep. 356 The Fallacies of the Living Wage
Woods Book Mentioned The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (10th Anniversary Edition) Other Books Discussed Economics in One Lesson , by Henry Hazlitt Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy , ed. Philip Booth (this book contains my essay on the living wage; click here to download a free PDF of the whole book) Related Episodes Ep. 256 : The Truth About the Fast-Food Protests (Diana… Read More
Ep. 355 Was the Industrial Revolution a Catastrophe for Workers? And Other Economic Topics
The standard historical accounts get a great many economic issues all wrong. In this episode I review a bunch of the most common ones, and supply the free-market answer. Topics Discussed The Industrial Revolution The New Deal Antitrust Monopoly The Marshall Plan Host of This… Read More
Ep. 354 Is There a Case for Libertarian Optimism?
Are we making progress, holding steady, or retrogressing? Frank Karsten returns to make the case for libertarian optimism! About the Guest Frank Karsten is chairman of Mises Instituut Nederland and of the Stichting Meer Vrijheid (More Freedom Foundation), a Dutch libertarian organization which acts to reduce taxes and government intervention. Book Mentioned… Read More
Ep. 353 The Netanyahu Speech and the Neocons
What are we to make of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress yesterday? Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute joins me to discuss the speech, its claims, and the neocons’ record in the Middle East. Guest’s Website Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Guest’s Twitter @DanielLMcAdams @RonPaulInstitut Guest’s Facebook Ron Paul Institute Articles Mentioned “ Netanyahu and the Crumbling Israeli Lobby ,”… Read More
Ep. 352 Ostrowski on Progressivism: The Idea Destroying America
My guest today describes progressivism as “the idea destroying America.” We discuss what it is, where it comes from, and what can be done against it. Book Discussed Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America , by James Ostrowski Book Mentioned Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion , by Tom Woods Guest’s Website LibertyMovement.org Guest’s Twitter @JimOstrowski Special Offers Learn… Read More
Ep. 351 The Bad Economics of Net Neutrality
What’s wrong with “net neutrality”? Economist Peter Klein joins us to discuss the bad economics behind this fashionable idea. Articles Mentioned “ Government Did Invent the Internet, but the Market Made It Glorious ,” by Peter G. Klein “ The Myth of Natural Monopoly ,” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo (PDF) Episodes Mentioned Ep. 91 : No, Marx Was Wrong (Peter Klein) Ep. 90 : Was… Read More