Bob Murphy's got a new climate change post, originally written for the Institute of Energy Research, now gracing the pages of The Mises Institute.
I made a few remarks, but my links seem to have triggered a spam filter, so I'm re-posting them here.
what they actually found was that of the sampled papers on climate change, ...more
Here is how I built a high-performance WordPress website in AWS Lightsail for aier.org. While low-traffic blogs can be hosted on a shared hosting service or a cheap VPC, if your site hosts millions of visitors each month, you will need a more ambitious service-oriented architecture.
The key to high-performance WordPress is a service-oriented architecture that splits ...more
According to a recent survey by Zogby Interactive, the Internet is by far the most popular source of information and the preferred choice for news ahead of television, newspapers, and radio. The majority of Americans now prefer the Internet as their primary and most reliable source of news. Specifically, online publications are preferred over social ...more
For nearly the entirety of human history, the chief concern of most people has been getting enough to eat. The invention of capitalism finally enabled the majority of people in market-based societies to focus on higher pursuits. Yet capitalism is now widely blamed for causing obesity - because of the availability of fast food, "food ...more
The idea that the public should be well-informed about local, regional, national, and global events is misguided and harmful.
It stems from the fact that in a democracy, every citizen can theoretically influence events on a global scale through the vote. The implication of this is that every citizen is ethically obligated to stay informed on ...more
There are valid reasons to criticize Bitcoin, but price volatility is not one of them.
Why does the price of Bitcoin change so much from day to day? The answer is simple: the value of Bitcoin derives almost entirely from speculation on future adoption of Bitcoin rather than practical use. Bitcoin speculators are betting on the likelihood that ...more
I've seen people lose their Bitcoin in every way imaginable, and I want to help you avoid the most common mistakes. Are you thinking long-term? Will your storage medium last 10 years? Will your family be able to access it in the event of your death? Have you considered that the same events that will ...more
Why are some people successful -- financially, socially, and romantically, while others stagnate and never amount to anything?
The Abundance Mindset
Successful people share many traits, but I think one key attribute is the abundance mindset.
The abundance mindset sees the universe as full of opportunity -- for friendship, love, and financial success. By contrast, the scarcity mindset ...more
The idea that attention span is shortening, particularly among younger generations is a myth, and the claims are not backed by any evidence. The idea of an "average attention span" is a myth, as there is no such thing. Attention span is very much context-dependent.
Even within particular contexts, such as driving or listening to a lecture, ...more
The hostile reception that Facebook's Libra coin received from Congress should be viewed as a validation of the need for Bitcoin.
As a fiat currency pegged stablecoin, Libra offers little threat to the U.S. dollar's monopoly. To Libra users, it would be little different from PayPal, Alipay, Apple Pay, Google Pay, WeChat, Zelle, or the dozens of other ...more
Your job won't always be your dream job. Sometimes you'll take on projects you don't like, work with people whose company you don't enjoy, or get paid less than you think you're worth. Sometimes, your focus will be on getting by until you find your next gig or get promoted. However, no matter what you ...more
I have been bugged by friends to share some thoughts on the recent discussion (January 2015) between Tom Woods and Stephan Kinsella on the "libertarian-ness" of corporations, which was held on the Thomas Woods Show, and which they have respectively posted, with supporting references:
I've had countless discussions with Stephan on this topic, chiefly when the ...more
Fixing the Rules of the Game to require MORE "SKIN IN THE GAME".
I'm not suggesting "removing limited liability," because this would both be changing the rules of the game for existing shareholders and of course be vehemently opposed by existing firms. Rather, we need for states to start deregulating for small businesses whose owners/shareholders do ...more
On climate, why are so many anarchists/libertarians/conservatives part of a Bootlegger-Baptist coalition that protects the crony status quo?
Could it be that tribalism and confirmation bias makes hating on lefty enviro-fascist watermelon commies so much fun?
Is there a "burden of proof" before we have to start criticizing government ownership/mismanagement of resources, grants of public utility monopolies ...more
Crazy anti-government people spout off crazy ideas on disaster responses: "Fox Business host John Stossel on Sunday asserted that most government was unnecessary because companies like Walmart would spontaneously provide assistance to disaster victims “in many more ways” than the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could."
But there's something to what Stossel says; check into the ...more
The fight against parasitism and free-riding is a never-ending one. The focus should be not on imagining a world free of either, but on moving it in a direction that makes parasitism more difficult.
Randall Holcolmbe points out:
"espite many theories justifying government because its activities produce benefits to its citizens, no government was ever established to ...more
State-made limited liability corporations are the health of the massive Regulatory State, which is likewise the health of the crony corporations. It’s a rachet, and racket.
Are you a Bootlegger, or a Baptist?
In free, voluntary markets, there is no Get-Out-of-Personal-Liability-for-Harms-Caused-to-Others-Free Card.
Limited liability for shareholders is a state-granted favor that is demonstrably at the bottom of the ...more
Trust me -- you don't have to agree with those who say "climate science is scary, so we need to do something about it" to be willing to have a decent conversation about how governments play a deep role in generating problems, and seeing ways to use the concerns of "warmers" as leverage to try ...more
I'm backing away from pegs that dull people's thoughts and skew their perceptions -- because I'm slippery and evil./1/
So I'm NOT a conservative/RWNJ, capitalist/crony capitalist, progressive/democrat/libtard, green/envirofascist, libertarian/Paultard/Koch-sucker, anarchist/idiot, Marxist/commie, etc.
Instead, I'm a Commons-ist/Ostromist/Dread Ameliorist! 😀 #CODA
Commons-ists see that we swim in seas of shared communities/assets/social capital/institutions and customs, not either Govt or "private"/corporate property.
Governments, themselves largely unaccountable institutions guided and staffed by persons who are personally unaccountable, create corporate Frankensteins that are owned, guided and staffed by persons who are personally unaccountable.
When "accidents happen", our Big Brother may either shrug or rush in to "protect" us some more -- in ways that are sure to enhance the power ...more