Monthly Archives: December 2012

Nassim Nicholas Taleb–former hedge fund manager, Wall Street trader, and author of Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder–was first recommended to me several years ago, first by a college roommate, then by my father as well …

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From Sylvestor Petro’s 1957 The Labor Policy of the Free Society:    If a society pursues deliberately a policy of inflation, and at the same time professes to be seriously preoccupied with the problems of its old members, one must doubt …

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I’ve largely stayed away from the recent gun control debates, but I just wanted to make a brief observation here. It seems that every side of the debate comes ready with arguments and statistics that utterly prove their case and, …

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So, as of last night, I have caught up on Showtime’s Homeland, which just finished its second season. I’m really enjoying the series so far, and I’m convinced that the first season has a lot of echoes of Cold War espionage …

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Money Makes You a Payable Slave

As I was doing some Christmas shopping on Newbury Street–Boston’s major commercial area–this morning, I noticed some interesting graffiti:   Money makes you a payable slave   Although this sounds profound, in its sort of sidewalk philosophy way, it demonstrates … Continue reading

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My upcoming final in biochem has kept me busy this week, but a thought on Krugman’s column in today’s NYT. Krugman says: We are not having a debt crisis. It’s important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles …

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My column in the special exam-break issue of the Chronicle this week. This will be my last column in the paper until mid-January; it deals with Elizabeth Warren and consumer protection. I am currently in the process of expanding it …

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A couple of quotes from Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises (available here, and in free .pdf format here): A “chocolate king” has no power over the consumers, his patrons. He provides them with chocolate of the best possible quality …

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My article in this week’s Chronicle, on how New York’s taxi cab medallion system illustrates certain near-ubiquitous aspects of state intervention in a market economy.  Tweet

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For a moment, I had considered writing my column this week (out tomorrow) on the much-publicized fiscal cliff. Ron Paul, as it turns out, has already said almost everything I wanted to say about it, and much more, too.  Tweet

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