Why We Need the Austrian School

I will start this essay off with a disclaimer: I am not an economist. I’ve studied economics on a basic collegiate level, and as such my economic views are not of any one school or movement. When I first joined the political blogosphere, I found the term “Austrian Economics” thrown around a lot by libertarians.…

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Against Neo-Reaction

Liberalism must begin with the refutation of monarchism. The old feudal system was bad because it failed to recognize the ability to reason innate in (most) all human beings. It valued stability at the cost of dignity, and forced both liberty and progress into a position subordinate to theology. The theology of monarchy, indeed, is…

Pompousness and Progressivism: Why Trump ruins Conservatism.

Dr. Arnold Kling describes three main political groups in his book The Three Languages of Politics.  These groups (Progressivism, Conservatism, and Libertarianism) are said to operate using different rhetorical devices more often than others.  Yet it is my contention that the modern leftist ideology known as Progressivism these days does far more than use different…

The first week challenge.

I was inspired by the fantasy football craze of our era to imagine a little game.   Essentially, it involves the thought experiment of choosing which policy issues you'd act on in your first week in office as POTUS.  I figure 10-15 things is a reasonable list, and I made sure that they're mildly implementable:…

POTUS watch: Trump’s first moves. 

It is clear that the first few days of the Trump presidency have indeed been interesting ones. Here are a few highlights (courtesy CNN.com): Issued an executive order to repeal the Affordable Care Act.   This makes plenty of sense on the surface: what self-respecting person for small government would not want an Obamacare repeal? However,…

Protests and the Trump Presidency

Over the weekend, the nation saw large-scale protests break out in cities, including my own hometown of Chicago, IL.  These protests have been troubling for me to fully evaluate, in large part because I find their message confusing.  Most of the protests have been done by the organization Women's March, whose mission statement can be…

POTUS Watch; Days 1 and 2

(This is the first post of a new format on my blog.  I will be trying to track the first hundred days of Pres. Trump, blogging every two days.) An analysis of some troubling bits of Trump's Inaugural: "Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one…

The Case for the West.

Western Civilization is defined in many ways, given the many contexts it has affected. I seek to view it from a political-philosophical angle, and to make a judgement of current politics based on this view.   I: The Historical Account Western Civilization, in terms of political philosophy, is defined by several key elements that have…

An Essay on the Meme Economy

The following link will take you to my essay on the Meme Economy, a subreddit devoted to analyzing the popularity of Memes as an Economy.  My essay takes the Meme Economy and asserts that it is an economy which reflects Austrian assumptions, conclusions, and methods of economic research rather than Keynesian ones.