Category Archive: economics

Sep 15

Cookie Monster and the Economics Lesson

The 1977 Little Golden Book “Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree” (which I think was also a segment in a Sesame Street episode) is ostensibly a fable about sharing, but I have a different perspective. Yeah, I know it’s pretty dorky to write a serious critique of a children’s book. Humor me, though. There’s a … Continue reading »

Aug 24

Fake Krugman Fools Detractors (and Supporters)

Last night, Twitter was abuzz with something said by a Google+ user purporting to be economist Paul Krugman. “People on twitter might be joking, but in all seriousness, we would see a bigger boost in spending and hence economic growth if the earthquake had done more damage.” It turned out to be a hoax, though. […]

Apr 18

Loyal to the PA Liquor Monopoly?!

The PLCB (Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board) has a monopoly on the sale of wine and spirits in the state. “A monopoly is a grant of special privilege by the State, reserving a certain area of production to one particular individual or group.” – Ludwig von Mises Institute Consequently, the following line from an article about […]

Jan 21

Le Cordon Bleu And You

The Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh is closing next year. Normally, this wouldn’t really phase me much, as I don’t have any interest in attending culinary school. I like to cook, but I’m more of a weekend warrior in that regard. I am, however, generally interested in local Pittsburgh news, so […]

May 21

Liberty, Law, and Civil Rights

Recently the Republican nominee for one of Kentucky’s senate seat, Rand Paul, dared to question the 1964 passing of the Civil Rights Act (or did he?). This instantly made him a Very Bad Person™ in the eyes of progressives (not that having Ron Paul for a father is winning many popularity contests). Paul seemed to […]

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