Tag: public choice theory
Abolition: An Economist’s Perspective
It may seem strange for an economist to write about abolition. After all, economists focus on choices at the margin. Even when we talk about violent crimes or pollution, we argue that the optimal quantity of these “bads” is not zero. In other words, while we want to reduce the amount of murder, assault, and…
How the Bootleggers & Baptists Tale Shows TERFs’ True Colors
The Bootleggers & Baptists allegory is a helpful illustration for understanding the motivations of actors within a regulated industry. Popularized by economist Bruce Yandel, it helps to explain how two seemingly unaligned groups can come together to support the same policy prescription — when they both stand to benefit from the outcomes. It goes like…
James M. Buchanan, RIP
Gary Chartier: Buchanan thought of himself as a classical liberal and an Austrian economist — but neither a leftist nor an anarchist. But that doesn’t mean left-wing market anarchists don’t have important lessons to learn from him …
Tax Cut Policies Shouldn’t Fit on Bumper Stickers
Holding a libertarian position when our ideal solutions aren’t on the table is quite a challenge. It isn’t as simple as defending all property rights and the rich, and it isn’t as base as dismissing progressives as evil looters. Nuance is required, which is bad news for a soundbitten political culture.
A Libertarian in Solidarity with the Jimmy Johns Workers’ Union
Ross Kenyon takes a look at how libertarians instantly and unfairly discount labor movements as statist, when they are truly just reacting against the original statism of capitalists. Libertarians should look at this in a more even-keeled light!
Defending Aggressors is not a Market Virtue
Ross Kenyon comments on the “shakedown” of BP and the American government’s inability to be trusted to handle this situation in an ethical or productive manner.
Anarchy and Democracy
Fighting Fascism
Markets Not Capitalism
The Anatomy of Escape
Organization Theory