WorldSys: Austrian Home Study Course, Week 26

READINGS: “Private Security” in Bob Murphy’s Chaos Theory. 1 What is anarcho-capitalism? The most thorough possible endorsement of private property rights and free markets. Anarcho-capitalists believe that infrastructure, healthcare, police, armies, and everything else should be provided by the private sector. 2 Are all Austrians anarcho-capitalists? Today, it definitely seems that way, but historically many […]

Polyprofundis: May, 2018

“Polyprofundis” is a made-up word meaning roughly “a series of profundae”. It’s just a fancy way of briefly summarizing books I’ve read.  –“Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth”, Ludwig Von Mises. This book-length essay, published in the beginning of the 20th century, was and is among the strongest critiques of socialism ever written. Mises forcefully […]

WorldSys: Austrian Home Study Course, Week 25

READINGS: “Education: Free and Compulsory” by Murray Rothbard 1 How does Rothbard describe a person’s education, starting from infancy? As a process of maturing into the full stature of a human being, which means developing the powers of reason which are our uniquely human endowment. Especially in infancy and early childhood this happens ceaselessly, every […]

WorldSys: Austrian Home Study Course, week 24

READINGS: Walter Block’s “Free Market Transportation: Denationalizing the Roads”. 1 What is the lethal menace that Block describes in the beginning of his article? The nationalized roadway system. 2 Describe the record of government road management in terms of fatalities? Abysmal. Block walks through some statistics: 46,700 killed on public roads annually, over half a […]

WorldSys: Austrian Home Study Course, Week 22

READINGS: “The Environmentalist Threat” in Lew Rockwell’s The Economics of Liberty 1 How is the environmentalist movement similar to Marxism? It’s a utopian, absolutist constellation of ideas nestled firmly within Leftism and perfectly comfortable with outrageous violations of basic civil liberties. 2 Whom does Rockwell consider the father of environmentalism? Jean-Jacques Rosseau. 3 Aren’t extreme […]