“Tradition” Has an Economics Problem: A Response to Lauren Southern

Conservative vlogger Lauren Southern has a new video out encouraging Millennials to embrace a “traditional” lifestyle, and promises viewers, “This lifestyle leads to happiness in love life, work life, and overall fulfillment.” But, she says, “Do the research yourself. Delve into this stuff.” Well, I think I will. First, what does Southern mean by “traditional … [Read more…]

Dude where’s my nuance?

There are patterns in refusal to engage honestly and openly with ideas. One such pattern, I’m not sure if it has a name. But I’m going to call it “nuance blindness.” This is when a person not only fails to see the shades of gray required to understand an argument, but insists that they do … [Read more…]

Small Business Saturday and shopping local and buying organic can’t undo cronyism

Happy Cyber Monday! “Cyber Monday was an instant hit when it was created in 2005 by the National Retail Federation (a major retail trade association), and is today by far the largest online shopping day of the year in the U.S.” according to A. Ant Ozok. He predicts Cyber Monday will become the biggest shopping day of the year period within … [Read more…]

It’s time for more libertarians to join forces with the obstreperous left

What a great weekend. Friendsgiving was Saturday and damn did I need time with my friends. Over the weekend, FEE published my latest, Global Trade on Trial: On the campaign trail, Trump threatened to start a trade war on behalf of those working-class men. If he succeeds, it will exacerbate unemployment and poverty. Let’s save … [Read more…]

Sometimes you don’t know how you’re going to feel.

Sometimes you don’t know how you’re going to feel. Yesterday’s post was about how megalomaniac, corrupt politicians are nothing new. And that’s true. But I wrote it under the impression that Clinton would win and Trump was just a very terrifying reminder that misogyny, xenophobia, and racism were still potent forces in the American consciousness. Today, … [Read more…]

You might be a libertarian feminist if you half agree with both Jill Filipovic and Kevin Williamson

Whew! Man, I’m so glad to be done with my talk for the SFL Midwest Regional Conference! I gave it on Saturday. Here are my slides, if you’re interested. It’s on the Coming Matriarchy. It went well! I didn’t kill it, but I got some great feedback. Overall the weekend was fantastic. Felt great to … [Read more…]