Are we in control of our decisions? | Dan Ariely

Are we in control of our decisions? | Dan Ariely

I’ll tell you a little bit about irrational behavior. Not yours, of course — other people’s. (Laughter) So after being at MIT for a few years, I realized that writing academic papers is not that exciting. You know, I don’t know how many of those you read, but it’s not fun to read and often Read more about Are we in control of our decisions? | Dan Ariely[…]

Why You Will Be Poorer Than Past Generations

Why You Will Be Poorer Than Past Generations

It was once easy for people to live within their means. Our parents and grandparents may have earned a low income by today’s standards, but they were able to buy a lot more with it than many people can buy with their income today. In a 2016 article, Guardian finance editor Patrick Collinson shares some Read more about Why You Will Be Poorer Than Past Generations[…]

Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism and Socialism [Trailer]

Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism and Socialism [Trailer]

So the problems of what we have, for libertarians, are not the result of capitalism, they are the result of the government’s intrusion into capitalism. So since they’re critical of capitalism to the degree that the government is powerful, they’re even more critical of socialists because, for the libertarian, the socialist is even worse. You Read more about Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism and Socialism [Trailer][…]

The Treaty of Versailles And The Economic Consequences Of The Peace I THE GREAT WAR 1919
Is Fixing Inequality A Matter of Justice? – Learn Liberty

Is Fixing Inequality A Matter of Justice? – Learn Liberty

BRANDON TURNER: So let me put a question to you, Professor Horwitz. Is there a role for government to play in the alleviation of poverty, ideally? So, in other words, sort of, for writing up a treatise on political philosophy, what role does government play in alleviating the plight of the least well off? And Read more about Is Fixing Inequality A Matter of Justice? – Learn Liberty[…]

EconoMinute: Independence Day

EconoMinute: Independence Day

Around July 4th every year, we think back to the founding of the United States. Major leaders then had visions and programs for alternative economic systems. Thomas Jefferson, for example, wanted a land of equals: small individual farmers, merchants and people doing crafts together, directing a democratic community. He feared what modern capitalism, in fact Read more about EconoMinute: Independence Day[…]

1.1 Free Will: Illusion or Reality?

1.1 Free Will: Illusion or Reality?

Welcome to Discourses on Isopublic. My name is Dean Adair—creator of isopublic, nation of political equals and the “rule yourself and no else” society. This is Episode 1.1 titled, “Free Will: Illusion or Reality?” This podcast is the first of my First Principles series in which I cover my ideas and beliefs contributing to isopublic. Read more about 1.1 Free Will: Illusion or Reality?[…]

Top Five Libertarian Books – Learn Liberty

Top Five Libertarian Books – Learn Liberty

If you are asked to name the top five libertarian books or pieces of writing, the first thing to say is this is a really difficult task because there are so many wonderful things to choose from. So, for one thing, I’m going to cheat slightly and have two in one. My first choice would Read more about Top Five Libertarian Books – Learn Liberty[…]

Economic Vs. Civil Liberties – Learn Liberty

Economic Vs. Civil Liberties – Learn Liberty

The stereotype is that Cconservatives understand how economic liberty works and don’t care as much for civil liberties, and that the Lliberals care about civil liberties but don’t really care much about economic freedom or know really how free market economies are supposed to work. The truth is there’s no real distinction between civil liberties Read more about Economic Vs. Civil Liberties – Learn Liberty[…]

Do Incentives Matter for the Economy? – Learn Liberty

Do Incentives Matter for the Economy? – Learn Liberty

Incentives matter: this is the fundamental concept in economics. People respond to incentives, so in order for us to predict people’s behavior, we need to think about how their incentives have changed. For example when gas prices rise, people buy less gasoline. They probably don’t stop buying gasoline, but they find ways to use less. Read more about Do Incentives Matter for the Economy? – Learn Liberty[…]