Atlas Shrugged 2009

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern I found a website with information regarding the production of a movie based on the book, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  Apparently, it is in production and to be released in 2009. Atlas Shrugged is a novel first published in the United States in 1957.  There is a wiki article…

Michigan’s #1 Planner “Creates” New Jobs!

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern. I logged onto Jennifer Granholm’s personal website today searching for something to write about.  Her homepage was plastered with announcements of all the new jobs she will be creating for Michigan.  At first glance, this job creation would appear to generate positive results for Michigan’s economy.  After some additional thinking,…

Munger on Middlemen

Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the often-vilified middleman–someone who buys cheap, sells dear and does nothing to improve the product. Munger explains the economic function of arbitrage using a classic article about how prices emerged in a POW camp during World War II. The audio clip is located…

Quote of the Day

“One lesson I draw from this frightening state of affairs is that even the most obvious falsehood stands a good chance of being widely believed if it is repeated often enough. The claim that the U.S. economy of late has been one of laissez faire has become a mantra. And it’s now taken as fact.”…

Admirably sustainable lives on the rumps of hippos and hyenas

–Lauren Ruhland, Science Editor and 2008 MCPP itnern “Ask Ethan,” Spiked Online’s satirical ethics column, is one of my favorite reads.  Its author, the pseudonymous Ethan Greenhart, has come up with sustainable solutions to dilemmas like “Is it ethical to use toilet paper?” and “Is it ethical to use pig fat for fuel?”  Greenhart doesn’t…

Bringing Competition to Government

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern Patri Friedman is working on a very interesting project to bring competition into government.  He has received funding to create floating platforms out in the ocean.  These platforms will not be subject to any one countries laws, and therefore will allow a variety of governments to flourish.  It has also…

Boudreaux Does It Again

Higgs on the Bailout Don Boudreaux Here’s Bob Higgs on the bailout ‘plan.’  I especially like this paragraph: Sure enough, in the days after the bill’s initial defeat, its managers took the monstrosity that had failed on Monday and made it even uglier. Their purpose, of course, was to buy off the bill’s opponents in…