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Book Review

In Us We Trust?

David Rose argues that trust is a prerequisite of economic growth

MARCH 07, 2014 by GARY CHARTIER

Trade thrives on trust between strangers. A society without strong, internalized preferences for being trustworthy is unlikely to be a wealthy one.

Nutrition Without Romance

JANUARY 31, 2014 by JENNA ROBINSON

Blogger Denise Minger might not have heard of public choice theory, but she applies it without remorse to America's dietary-industrial complex in her book, Death by Food Pyramid.

Restrict and Stimulate

A patchwork of U.S. housing policies caused a bunch of little bubbles

NOVEMBER 22, 2013 by GARY M. GALLES

Randal O'Toole investigates the housing boom and bust, and comes up with some things you don't hear about in mainstream accounts.

The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

OCTOBER 03, 2013 by ROBERT BATEMARCO

David Stockman's survey of the slow death of American capitalism seems to have an Austrian heart. The long, sad story should cast permanent doubt on the credibility of government pronouncements--especially when it comes to preventing "the next Great Depression."

China: Yes, It's Capitalism

The most growth happened where the State had the least power

SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 by JANE S. SHAW

Ronald Coase's final work makes subtle points about institutional development while giving a blow-by-blow account of how, despite the State, China became capitalist.

It Didn’t Have to Be This Way

AUGUST 27, 2013 by ROBERT BATEMARCO

Harry Veryser's synthesis of economic history and Austrian economic theory is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the last 200 years.

Bretton Woods' Fatal Conceit

The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

AUGUST 22, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Benn Steil's account of the people and personalities at the heart of the Bretton Woods conference makes for fascinating reading, even if you're not a history buff or economics geek.

The New War Between the States

Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity

JULY 15, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Economic power followed the population to the coasts and the sand states during the boom. In the wake of the bust and interventions along the coasts, "flyover country" is becoming the source of America's economic growth.

The “Great” Writ

The Power of Habeas Corpus in America

JUNE 07, 2013 by ALLEN MENDENHALL

Anthony Gregory's examination of habeas corpus traces its spotty record, explains how it can manage to produce power rather than restrict it, and puts Foucault to a novel use.

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Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual--and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
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