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June 2021 ISSUE
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Nikole Hannah-Jones vs the UNC Board of Governors: Academic Freedom for Whom?
By Michael Munger
What is academic freedom, and who has it? I ask because near where I live in North Carolina there has recently arisen a controversy sparked by a process that is usually boring and bureaucratic, an academic tenure case. The University of North Carolina is recruiting Niko...
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Etatism and Totalitarianism: The Legacy of Mises’s
By Alberto Mingardi
A Liberty Classic Book Review of Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War, by Ludwig von Mises. Liberty Fund.1 Classical liberalism "had a good war." In 1944, two seminal books in this tradition of thought were published. The first of thes...
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Drop Your Intellectual Defenses
By Arnold Kling
So if our instincts undervalue truth, that's not surprising—our instincts evolved in a different world, one better suited to the soldier. Increasingly, our world is becoming one that rewards the ability to see clearly, especially in the long run; a world in whic...
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No Yolk: Shortages and Spikes in the Time of COVID
By Trey Malone and Jayson L. Lusk
Now more than one year since the onset of COVID-19, empty grocery store shelves and panicked shoppers have become the sine qua non of the pandemic's disruptions. Eggs, a common staple food, experienced some of the most dramatic price increases. From February to April 20...
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MAY 2021 ISSUE
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No Yolk: Shortages and Spikes in the Time of COVID
By Trey Malone and Jayson L. Lusk
Now more than one year since the onset of COVID-19, empty grocery store shelves and panicked shoppers have become the sine qua non of the pandemic's disruptions. Eggs, a common staple food, experienced some of the most dramatic price increases. From February to April 2020, the price of a dozen Grade A eggs at the groce...
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Black Power Gained, Black Agency Sacrificed
By Arnold Kling
If you were black, and thus a victim of racial oppression, this new morality of social justice meant you could not be expected to carry the same responsibility as others. The point was that the American society no longer had the moral authority to enforce a single standard of responsibility for everyone because—by it...
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Public Choice and Statecraft in the Euro Crisis
By Nils Karlson
Book Review of The Politics of Bad Options: Why the Eurozone's Problems Have Been Hard to Resolve, by Stefanie Walter, Ari Ray, and Nils Redeker.1 The Euro and the Economic and Monetary Union were introduced to promote trade, deeper economic integration, and higher prosperity within the European Union. Largely thi...
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APRIL 2021 ISSUE
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Parenting Tips (and Other Helpful Advice) for Econ...
By Michael L. Davis
If you're currently parenting a 5-year old or remember what that was like, you can skip over the next few paragraphs. You've lived this story before. For the rest of you, here's the scene. It's 6:30 on a school night. Daniela has finished her dinner. (And, no, the names have not been changed to protect the innocen...
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Big Brother Is Watching You
By Rachel Ferguson
Book Review of Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing, by Sarah Brayne.1 Sarah Brayne has done some excellent sociological research by spending several years embedded in the LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department]-one of the most technologically advanced police departments in the country. B...
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Grandmasters of Self-Promotion
By Arnold Kling
In all the fields touched by the six boomers profiled here—technology, entertainment, economics, academia, politics, law—what they passed on to their children was worse than what they inherited. Helen Andrews, Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster, p. 196.1 Helen And...
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The Nobel Factor: What Does the Prize Reward?
By David R. Henderson
A Book Review of The Nobel Factor: The Prize in Economics, Social Democracy, and the Market Turn, by Avner Offer and Gabriel Söderberg.1 Since 1996, I've had a deal with the editors of the Wall Street Journal. I get up early on the West Coast the day the Nobel Prize in Economic Science is announced, decide wi...
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