Archive for November, 2007
Kwiatkowski Interviews Higgs

Here is the audio of Karen Kwiatkowski interviewing our very own Robert Higgs. The discussion with Higgs, which touches on crisis, leviathan, war, corporatism, parties as cartels, and other such political scams, is in the second hour. Thanks to David Beito.

Giving Thanks to the Market

Every year, as Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season roll around, we must all face the inevitable sight of politicians commending America, its military, its public servants, the spirit of giving, family, brotherhood, apple pie, and all the rest of the traditional subjects of adulation that only the misanthropic or unpatriotic would ever deride. We...
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The Failure of Prisons

From Reuters: The number of Americans in prison has risen eight-fold since 1970, with little impact on crime but at great cost to taxpayers and society, researchers said in a report calling for a major justice-system overhaul. The report released on Monday cites statistics and examples ranging from former vice-presidential aide Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby...
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Harold J. Berman (1918-2007)

Harold J. Berman, author of the magisterial Law and Revolution, passed away last week. Berman’s pioneering work on legal pluralism has been carried on by Bruce Benson and Ed Stringham, among others. “Perhaps the most distinctive characteristic of the Western legal tradition,” writes Berman, “is the coexistence and competition within the same community of...
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A Department of Justice on Steroids

It’s amazing how much buzz has revolved around Barry Bonds’s steroid use. Now, private organizations, including sports teams and leagues, should be free to mandate abstention from whatever drugs. Fans and others might disagree with their decisions (the Olympics rules, in particular, can be pretty harsh—I personally find it ridiculous that they stripped a...
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Waldfogel’s “Tyranny of the Market”

[Cross-posted at Organizations and Markets] Joel Waldfogel visited our campus recently to discuss his new book, The Tyranny of the Market. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Joel is a creative and original thinker, a careful empiricist, and a nice guy. He’s one of the small (but growing) number of accomplished economists (Steve Levitt,...
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Mark Steyn’s Arthur Godfrey Moment

In 1953, reporters asked television host Arthur Godfrey why he fired popular singer Julius LaRosa on the air. Godfrey answered that he had to do it because LaRosa had showed “a lack of humility.” Many decided that the notoriously egotistical Godfrey, not LaRosa, was the one who needed a lesson in that virtue. I...
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