In Memoriam: Nathan Rosenberg (1927-2015) »

I have just received the sad news that Nathan Rosenberg has died. Nate was an outstanding economic historian, and in my early years in the profession I viewed him as the very model of the kind of economic historian I wanted to become. He reviewed many of my early papers before their publication, and...
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Game Developers Face Final Boss: The FDA »

[This piece was later published by Newsweek and the Foundation for Economic Education.] “Absent the FDA, Americans would be healthier and happier.” —Robert Higgs As I drove to work the other day, I heard a very interesting segment on NPR that featured a startup designing video games to improve cognitive skills and relieve symptoms...
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Let Them Eat Cake »

In January of this year, a Denver bakery found itself at the center of a civil rights controversy. The crime? The bakery refused customer Bill Jack’s request to put an anti-gay message (“God Hates Gays”) on a cake. He reported that he felt as though the bakery discriminated against him based on his “creed.”...
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The Hayekian Liberty of Ender’s Game »

Finally, after much encouragement from my college freshman daughter, I just finished reading Ender’s Game, the best-selling science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card that won the Nebula and Hugo awards when it was published in the mid-1980s. The story follows the cultivation of a 6-year-old, boy-wonder, military tactician, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, as he...
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Alex Tabarrok Interviewed on Restoring Innovation and Entrepreneurship »

Independent Institute Research Director Alexander Tabarrok is interviewed here by Ray Lehmann on the FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate News) Podcast for the Heartland Institute. The interview discusses many government barriers that exist that block innovation and what policy reforms could be adopted now to restore entrepreneurship and prosperity. Issues addressed include patents...
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Students: Enroll in an Independent Institute Summer Seminar! »

This summer, the Independent Institute is excited to host “The Challenge of Liberty”, two student seminar programs, one geared toward college students and the other for high school students. The high school session runs from June 20 to 24 at our offices in Oakland and the college program will be held at a Bay...
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Great Depression, Round Two? Senior Fellow Robert Higgs on The Peter Schiff Show »

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download mp3 file. Here also are relevant books from Dr. Higgs: Depression, War, and Cold War Neither Liberty nor Safety The Challenge of Liberty Against Leviathan Crisis and Leviathan

“American Pie” – Altered to Lament My Life and Times as an Economist »

A long, long time ago . . . I can still remember, Mainstream theory used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make equations dance And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while. But Joseph Stiglitz made me shiver With every paper he’d deliver. Bad news...
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Reforming Environmental Policy: Seminar for Homeschool Students »

Gregory Rehmke (Economic Thinking and the Foundation for Economic Education) will be speaking to homeschoolers in Idaho on July 15. The topic: reforming environmental policy. Students interested in Lincoln-Douglas debate competitions will find this program especially helpful. (Students unable to attend will have the opportunity to hear him give two talks at our own...
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Only 53 Percent of Americans Prefer Capitalism »

We seem to be lurching backward at an ever faster rate. Despite the downfall of Communism, despite the horrors of statism in the twentieth century (most caused by self-described socialists), just over half of the population prefer capitalism over socialism. The level of support among young people is even lower. Only 53% of American...
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