The TTIP, TPP, TPA – Every T-rade Initialism Explained

Popular sources like Economix and John Oliver have been circulating misconceptions abound regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). These objections caught my eye not solely because TTIP, TPP and TPA are all confusing initialisms with a lot of capitals T’s, but because they were generally not…

A Frothy Mug in the Houses of Liberty

Free speech in the coffee houses of Europe and America birthed the rise of gentility, republican government, and liberty during a time of, as Beatrix Potter said, “swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets – when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta…” Whether philosophical men between sips passionately debated…

Milton Friedman and Historical Landmarks

Time flies, and with it the memory of the late economist Milton Friedman, who would have been 99 years old this year. However, we at the Mackinac Center and the Foundation for Educational Choice hope to revive Friedman’s legacy by hosting some lectures this Friday on his monetary policy. It is also the 15oth anniversary…

The Good Life, No. 8: Heroes

Rose Friedman was once described as “equal parts velvet and steel.” At once her husband’s wife and colleague, Rose was never the great woman behind a great man. She noted in a 1999 interview that “I’ve always felt that I’m responsible for at least half of what he’s gotten.”  From co-authoring three of his most…

An Ode to the Frie Market

Milton Friedman won a Nobel Memorial Prize in economics But that isn’t all about this man; a lesson on him isn’t quick Born in Brooklyn, New York in July of nineteen hundred twelve, Milton Friedman was a brilliant economist; in this topic he deeply delved For thirty years, teaching economic theory was his passion At the University…

Friedman: the Influence of Ideas

On the bookshelf of an average American patriot, it would be more common to see a collection of Ronald Reagan biographies than books on the life of Milton Friedman. Ask a person on the street who they think holds the most power in America and you have a good chance of hearing “the president.” However,…

Evolution, Social Cost, and Ideas to Change the World.

Over at Org Theory, David Stark has an interesting piece on game theory and sociology that is self-recommending.  One of the interesting observations in the post in the first paragraph: Some years ago, when they were little kids, my children developed a hybrid game.They’d taken their Monopoly board over to a friend’s house.  They’d remembered…

Conservatives Should Adopt Free-trade Policy

The following is a letter submission I made to the Detroit Free Press in regards to the recent debate over immigration. Since the passage of Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, Americans have split into two distinct groups, namely those who acknowledge the benefits and moral obligations of open immigration and those who clamor over the increased…

Minimum Wage Hike

Here is a letter Don Boudreaux recently sent to the New York Times: Don http://www.cafehayek.com/ ………….. 1 June 2010 Editor, The New York Times 620 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10018 To the Editor: Suppose Uncle Sam orders you to raise the price you charge for subscriptions to your paper by 41 percent.  Would you…