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Wabi-Sabi

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.

Libertarians As Seen from the “Other Side”

MAY 29, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

People experience negative outcomes in our economy. We shouldn't be too quick to jump to conclusions about why they happened.

Slogans or Science?

Regression toward the meme in the minimum wage debate

MAY 15, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Slinging memes and slogans back and forth does not constitute debate and brings nobody any closer to understanding.

The Bonsai and the Candy Bag

A wedding reception offers evidence of market miracles around us

MAY 01, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

The most common objects around us are the end results of inspirations, ideas, and efforts of a mind-boggling variety.

Urban Design and Social Complexity

Urban planning always risks draining the life out of what it tries to control

APRIL 17, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

The unpredictable and spontaneous relationships that build up cities can't be recreated by planning, even in a single neighborhood.

Hating Politics, Loving Government

Politics is inseparable from government

APRIL 03, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Politics is the domestic counterpart to empire building: Both seek a monopoly on the use of violent force.

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