tyranny-through-complexity

Tyranny Through Complexity

President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is roughly 270 words long.  The Declaration of Independence is around 1,320 words.  Those two documents alone prove the power of brevity.  (Whenever I find that I am unable to write what I’m trying to say within the Lincoln-Jefferson word limit, I chuck it in the trashcan because I’ve most likely buried my intended…

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Russia’s Powerful T-90 Tank: Made in France?

Russian Federation Vladimir Putin may fancy himself as a modern Czar, and even compared himself recently to Peter the Great. Part of his motivation for his invasion of Ukraine was to rebuild the former Russian Empire. However, one area where Putin certainly differs from Peter the Great is in the appreciation for western culture. Putin…

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The F-106 Delta Dart: The Ultimate Interceptor?

The word “dart,” whether used as a verb or as a noun, implies something speedy and aerodynamic. In the automotive industry, the 21st-century edition of the Dodge Dart – which had originally been produced from 1959 to 1976 – didn’t exactly live up to the name, being plagued with a host of reliability issues. By…

four-amazing-differences

Four Amazing Differences

If there’s a particular purpose for my presence on this earth – other than being a loving and responsible father for my son – that purpose is to teach principles of economics. Even adjusting (as best as I can) for professional bias, I have no doubt that no body of knowledge is more important for…

five-ways-minimum-wage-studies-fail

Five Ways Minimum Wage Studies Fail

Reprinted from the Independent Institute Teaching in the smartphone age means students are never more than a few seconds away from the dreaded “fact check.” In Econ 101, I frequently receive questions about studies showing that the minimum wage does not generate unemployment. Such studies have become something of a cottage industry since Card and Krueger (1994), a landmark study comparing Pennsylvania…

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33 Problems With Media In One Chart

33 Problems With Media In One Chart One of the hallmarks of democratic society is a healthy, free-flowing media ecosystem. In times past, that media ecosystem would include various mass media outlets, from newspapers to cable TV networks. Today, the internet and social media platforms have greatly expanded the scope and reach of communication within…