A new book on Austrian economics that targets economic organization has been published at Palgrave Macmillan. Edited by Guinevere Nell, it features a number of papers in favor as well as critical of Austrian economics and what Austrians have to say about organizing and organization. In a sense, the book invites to a discussion on “post-Austrian” economics by, as is also the sub title, “reaching beyond free market boundaries.” This book is the first in a two-volume series on where Austrian economics may be, can be, and perhaps should be headed. Here’s the table of contents: PART I: ORDER AND EFFICIENCY IN FREE MARKETS 1. Improving Spontaneous Orders; Randall Holcombe 2. The Problem of Unemployment When Markets Clear; Daniel Kuehn PART
Today would have been the eighty-sixth birthday of JoAnn Rothbard, the beloved wife of Murray Rothbard for forty-two years. In the dedication to America’s Great Depression, he called her “the indispensable framework,”and anyone who knew them could have no doubt why he said this. Murray discussed all his ideas with her, and she was a gifted historian in her own right–I recall in particular an excellent talk she gave on Lincoln’s economic policies. She was totally devoted to Murray, and she regarded it as a principal task to shield him from those who tried to exploit him. She had hilarious stories about some of these people. During the 1979 convention of Libertarian Party at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles,
The teachers’ strike in British Columbia, Canada, is over… almost. On Thursday, 40,000 public school teachers in the province will vote on whether to accept the proposed contract. Neither side got everything it wants, and the main headline is that teachers will receive a 7.25% salary raise over 6 years. The province also pledged to add $100-million to an education fund to benefit BC teachers over the next five years. Education minister Peter Fassbender is seemingly satisfied at a job well done: “We have guaranteed that every student’s educational journey in this school year will be kept whole.” Right. Not counting the five weeks of shuttered classrooms lost so far this year. That’s over a quarter of the fall term,
Today, XCurrency has released a brand new trustless mesh network that looks to create revolutionary advancement in privacy, scalability and mobility. This is the final component of the company’s Rev 2 privacy solution and is a single protocol with many possibilities for users and enthusiasts. This new service will allow any node to communicate on behalf of others, without having to trust forwarding nodes. The addition of XC’s trustless ad hoc mesh networking comes just months after the company announced XMixer, where nodes can earn revenue for the trustless forwarding of transactions. It seems the company is taking large strides toward creating a truly trustless process, one that may play a key role in the advancement of blockchain 2.0 technologies.
Info on the next Molinari Society panel: Eastern APA, Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, Monday, 29 December 2014: Molinari Society, 1:30-4:30 p.m. [GIX-3, location TBA]: Libertarianism and Privilege chair:Roderick T. Long (Auburn University) presenters:Billy Christmas (University of Manchester), “Privilege and Libertarianism”Jennifer A. Baker (College of Charleston), “White Privilege and Virtue”Jason Lee Byas (University of Oklahoma), “Supplying the Demand of Liberation: Markets as a Structural Check Against Domination” commentators:Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)Charles W. Johnson (Molinari Institute)
Tonight’s episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) begins with President Barack Obama’s latest mixed-up messaging regarding the War on ISIS. Party Panelists Guy Benson (Townhall Political Editor) and Rick Ungar (Forbes columnist) will deconstruct that, along with the surprisingly sober Day One of the Benghazi Select Committee hearings. Later in the show, the pair will discuss why Millennials are missing out on important life milestones, and whether Vice President Joe Biden should feel remorse for using the insult “shylock.” With all the noisy hearings today on Capitol Hill, it’s easy to lose sight of the latest on the injurious Veterans Administration scandal, but Concerned Veterans for America Issue’s
“Help Obama Kickstart World War III!” is a darling little video made by improvisational comedy titans Second City. I was introduced to it today via Twitter, but the video was made and released in 2013, during President Obama’s push to use force against the Assad regime in Syria. Perhaps it has new relevance now that the U.S. House has voted to train and arm Syrian rebels in support of Obama’s advertures in ISIS-slaying. Enjoy! (And remember: All WWIII crowdfunding donations can be sent directly to the Internal Revenue Service.)
For a century, Americans’ anxieties about the southern border have mixed with their fears of one subversive force after another. Reason‘s Jesse Walker looks at how that history has affected the ISIS crisis. View this article.
Foreign troops are “out of the question. Not only is it not necessary, we don’t want them. We won’t allow them,” says Iraq’s new prime minister Haider al-Abadi. Uh, he may want to tell that to the Obama administration that. Also, a House vote is set to take place today on Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. And, a New York man was arrested for allegedly trying to provide material support for the Islamic State terror group. Vice President Joe Biden apologized to Jewish groups for describing some bankers as “Shylocks.” Apparently, he referred to China as “the Orient” hours after the first gaffe. Former Press Secretary Jay Carney says about his new CNN
The first ingredient was a sudden influx of immigrants over the southern border. The second was a war on the other side of the world, putting Americans on the alert for foreign plots. Just to make people more nervous, there was violent chaos in Mexico that the authorities clearly couldn’t control. Add those together, and nervous Anglos were bound to start seeing the Rio Grande as another front in the war. The border itself seemed to be a threat—the sort of hazard Texas Gov. Rick Perry had in mind when he worried that there’s a “very real possibility” that “individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states” are entering America from Mexico. But Perry wasn’t born yet. This period of border fear