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Wabi-Sabi

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. Indeed, it is 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.

Beyond Crony Capitalism

MARCH 20, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Too many libertarians fixate on cronyism, to the near exclusion of other forms of interventionism.

Um, Scarcity?

MARCH 06, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Scarcity is what gives something economic value. And although we are often tempted to ignore scarcity, it's impossible to escape its consequences.

Another Four Falsehoods About the Free Market

FEBRUARY 20, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Conversations about the free market are beset by falsehoods that have entered conventional wisdom. We've covered 14 already. Here are four more.

Passing a Law Won’t Get It Done

FEBRUARY 06, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Unintended consequences bedevil even the best plans. Passing a law for every outcome you desire only makes it worse.

Dystopias Seen, Dystopias Imagined

JANUARY 23, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Why do so many fear a corporate dystopia more than a State-run nightmare world? Several examples of the latter have actually existed, after all.

Who Is Really Threatened by Innovation?

Innovation is change you can believe in, but it affects both culture and economics

JANUARY 09, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

Innovation, though it's responsible for our rising standards of living, can be scary. Particularly to those who possess economic or political power under the status quo.

Obamacare and Unintended Consequences

Trying to clean up a mess with a dirty mop

DECEMBER 05, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA

Interventions have unintended consequences, which tend to provoke further interventions. Obamacare is a case in point.

Dead Models vs. Living Economics

Free-market economists against “perfect competition”

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA

Markets don't function with perfect efficiency, because they're made up of human beings. Conflating perfect competition with free-market economics fuels the general backlash against free markets.

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April 2014

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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