Tag: economy
Unions as an Alternative to State Licensing
In this day and age under the United States government, it’s nearly impossible to legally get a skilled job without a professional license. According to Matt Miller of the Texas Institute for Justice, the issue of over-licensing has become so rampant that “[a]bout one in three people now need the government’s permission to work.” It…
Artificial Abundance and Artificial Scarcity
Paul Mason. Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (Allen Lane, 2015). Based on Mason’s preview of Postcapitalism in his article at The Guardian, I was predisposed to like it. And having read the book itself, I can’t say I’ve changed my mind much. Mason occupies a niche where there is plenty of room for more…
Paul Mason and His Critics (Such As They Are)
In a preview article at The Guardian last July for his new book Post-Capitalism (“The end of capitalism has begun,” July 17), Paul Mason — following a path previously trodden by John Holloway and by Toni Negri and Michael Hardt — argued that the emergence of a successor system to capitalism would resemble not so…
What Really Happened to the Playboy Bunny?
Playboy’s announcement (“Playboy is Doing What?!?,” Playboy.com, October 13) that it will be ending the nude magazine pictorials that have been its foundation for six decades might seem the result of the instability of free markets.  The Foundation for Economic Education’s Sarah Skwire (“The Creative Destruction of Nudity in Playboy Magazine,” The Freeman, October 14) calls the…
Le Statistiche sulla Disoccupazione Sono Propaganda di Stato
Se date uno sguardo ai dati ufficiali senza mettere in questione i numeri, sembra che la disoccupazione stia calando drasticamente. A maggio le aziende hanno aggiunto 288.000 posti di lavoro, e il tasso di disoccupazione è sceso dello 0,4% al 6,3%. Sembra che il paese si stia riprendendo dalla recessione. Ma prendere questi numeri per…
Unemployment Statistics are State Propaganda
If you look at the official unemployment numbers without questioning the data, unemployment seems to be sinking. In May employers added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 6.3 percent. It looks like the country is finally recovering from the recession. But taking those numbers at face value is a mistake….
Jeff Hummel on Two Cheers for the Coming Collapse of the U.S. Economy!
Sheldon Richman: An illuminating interview on what to expect regarding the federal government’s fiscal bog.
Au contraire!
SEK3: “Capitalism is state rule by and for those who own large amounts of capital.”
The Mind of the Market by Michael Shermer
Kevin Carson: If you can get past the flaws in Shermer’s book (things others might prefer to think of as my fixations, hangups, and dead horses), it’s quite an enjoyable read.
The State and the Energy Monopoly
Darian Worden on how politicians and connected industries control the energy market.
Anarchy and Democracy
Fighting Fascism
Markets Not Capitalism
The Anatomy of Escape
Organization Theory