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The Garage That Couldn’t Be Boarded Up

Uber and the jitney … everything old is new again

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 by SARAH SKWIRE

Regulators ran jitney operators out of every town in America. But something important has changed the game in passengers' favor.

Little Free Libraries: A Love Letter

Still falling for the written word, despite America’s killjoys

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 by SARAH SKWIRE

Leave it to America's bureaucrats to try to snuff out a beautiful movement. Sarah Skwire pens a love letter to the founders of Little Free Libraries.

Material Girl

Author Anita Loos imagines a female utility maximizer

JANUARY 29, 2015 by SARAH SKWIRE

What if you took homo economicus, put him into a novel, and changed him to her? Meet "Lorelei."

Cinching Our Belts

Scarcity means deciding how to best use the resources we have

JANUARY 15, 2015 by SARAH SKWIRE

Not having enough money for all the things you want isn't a crisis. It's a simple fact of living in the world.

A Tale of Two Stories

It is not enough to urge Scrooge to be good to others

DECEMBER 18, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Everyone knows Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. But few recall another Victorian tale that brings balance to the story of Scrooge.

Mockingjay: Are You Uncomfortable?

Things are only going to get more uncomfortable from here on out

DECEMBER 04, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

When the lives of individuals are used as symbols for the purposes of politics, no one wins but the politicians.

Like a Fly in Amber

Some Things Never Change (like Rent Control)

NOVEMBER 20, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

For 70 years, The Freeman has been trying to tell the world about the pernicious effects of rent control. Intermittently, fiction writers have joined in. Will this policy always keep cities trapped in stasis?

Silk and Seduction

A capitalist thread runs through the history of temptation

NOVEMBER 06, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

It shines in candlelight. It whispers seductively. It makes the gowns for queens and princesses, the scarf at the throat of the aviator, the lingerie that suggests and arouses before it is even worn.

The Plague Is Very Hot

Reflections on disease in the time of Ebola

OCTOBER 23, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Can historical memory help us confront the plagues of the 21st century?

Pepys’s Personal Hockey Stick

Wheeling, dealing and saving in the 17th century

OCTOBER 09, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Samuel Pepys's diary (1660–1669) allows readers to track his substantial increase in wealth over the course of a decade.

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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