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Question-begging studies about the relative morality of economics students are so fraught with flaws, even a student of literature can spot the problems.
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For many on their journeys of life, the city offers temptations and variety. But some critics are trying to make "staying put" a kind of duty.
The connection between language and liberty is profound
MARCH 12, 2015
Mark Dunn's Ella Minnow Pea reminds us how vital is the connection between language and liberty.
The biggest threat to the Islamic State: knowledge of a world without them
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Do art, history, and the humanities matter? The enemies of civilization think so.
Uber and the jitney … everything old is new again
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Regulators ran jitney operators out of every town in America. But something important has changed the game in passengers' favor.
Still falling for the written word, despite America’s killjoys
FEBRUARY 12, 2015
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.
Author Anita Loos imagines a female utility maximizer
JANUARY 29, 2015
What if you took homo economicus, put him into a novel, and changed him to her? Meet "Lorelei."
Scarcity means deciding how to best use the resources we have
JANUARY 15, 2015
Not having enough money for all the things you want isn't a crisis. It's a simple fact of living in the world.
It is not enough to urge Scrooge to be good to others
DECEMBER 18, 2014
Everyone knows Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. But few recall another Victorian tale that brings balance to the story of Scrooge.
Things are only going to get more uncomfortable from here on out
DECEMBER 04, 2014
When the lives of individuals are used as symbols for the purposes of politics, no one wins but the politicians.
NOVEMBER 28, 2014
Done, the map is obvious.
The landmarks are the only ones
we could have chosen
Some Things Never Change (like Rent Control)
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
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?
A capitalist thread runs through the history of temptation
NOVEMBER 06, 2014
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.
Reflections on disease in the time of Ebola
OCTOBER 23, 2014
Can historical memory help us confront the plagues of the 21st century?
Wheeling, dealing and saving in the 17th century
OCTOBER 09, 2014
Samuel Pepys's diary (1660–1669) allows readers to track his substantial increase in wealth over the course of a decade.
From risky surgery to lithotripsy
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
A 17th-century sufferer of "bladder stones" reminds us how far we've come in medical innovations that ease our pain and make us better.
Literature can inform economics, but not if it’s used carelessly
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
Literature can provide excellent data about how people felt about economic data; it's not economic data in its own right, though.
A Guardian writer frets about anti-statism in young adult fiction
SEPTEMBER 05, 2014
Young adult fiction is supposed to poke holes in the pieties of today's parents along with paternalism writ large.
The Princess Bride reminds us that human action is unpredictable
AUGUST 28, 2014
The man of system always runs into the inconceivable. That's because he can't conceive of other people who also make plans.
AUGUST 14, 2014
A play commemorating Magna Carta demonstrates nothing so much as the difficulty of making fine words on paper provide liberty in the real world.