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Wabi-Sabi

The Power of No

Being able to say no is what enables us to say yes.

OCTOBER 30, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Being able to say no defines the scope of our personal autonomy, while being able to say yes allows us to creatively explore (or not) the freedom that that autonomy gives us.

The Rule of Law Is Limited by the Size of Government

OCTOBER 16, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

The rule of law confers predictability and constrains power. But as government grows, this principle of minimal government is weakened.

Wages and the Free Market, Part 2

Innovation Is the Lifeblood of a Healthy Economy

OCTOBER 02, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

When it comes to rising living standards, innovation is far more important than efficiency.

Wages and the Free Market, Part 1

Dispelling labor market myths with theory and data

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

It's popular to claim that efficiency is the enemy of workers. But it's not true.

Violence and the Illusion of Certainty

SEPTEMBER 04, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

The certainty of our beliefs can cause strife; when combined with political power, the results are often disastrous.

Plot Holes in Fiction and in Life

AUGUST 21, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

People make mistakes. In novels, mistakes can mean that the plot fails. In real life, mistakes open opportunities.

Dissent Under Socialism

Intolerance for free expression grows with the scope of central planning

JULY 24, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Central planning always conflicts with expressions of dissent, whatever a ruling party might call itself.

Discussion versus Debate

JULY 10, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Debate is a zero-sum game: In order for you to win, your opponent has to lose. As a result, debate is deeply anti-intellectual.

Heterogeneity: A Capital Idea!

JUNE 26, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Few mainstream economists give capital theory proper attention, even as they are abuzz about Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century.

A Lot of Economics in One Lesson

JUNE 12, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Henry Hazlitt's most famous book might be accessible, but that doesn't mean it's superficial.

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October 2014

Heavily-armed police and their supporters will tell you they need all those armored trucks and heavy guns. It's a dangerous job, not least because Americans have so many guns. But the numbers just don't support these claims: Policing is safer than ever--and it's safer than a lot of common jobs by comparison. Daniel Bier has the analysis. Plus, Iain Murray and Wendy McElroy look at how the Feds are recruiting more and more Americans to do their policework for them.
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