My name is Tyler. I am a radically moderate, non-dogmatic libertarian espousing radically moderate, non-dogmatic libertarianism.


  1. Anti-foreign-bias seems a more significant and essential culprit for wage gaps then gendered expectations.

    — Dan D’amico



  2. we might want to challenge some of our feminist friends with the following consideration: if patriarchy is real and men have disproportionate power over all of society’s major institutions, why should a feminist trust the government to be the solution to problems like the gender wage gap? Even without assuming patriarchy, given the track record of government in the 20th century and before, why should we believe it will not only care about women’s interests but be able to effectively pursue them? To simultaneously complain about how Congress is controlled by men and still think that the federal government is the solution to men’s oppression of women seems… problematic. And if our feminist friends agree that the state is not the solution, then it would seem we’re all on the same side.

    — Steve Horowitz


  3. Who is your favorite economist?


    I haven’t finished Governing The Commons, but right now I really think it’s Elinor Ostrom.

    I love Selgin and White on monetary economics. I love Buchanan and Tullock on political economy, and I absolutely love Peter Bauer on development economics, but it’s Elinor’s investigations and research that are amazing the most. Not only that, it brings a sense of optimism and just a general good look for humanity in the midst of all of this negativity. I really wish I had gotten to meet her before her passing.



  4. Have you ever met a war you didn’t love?

    — Bill Maher to the neoconservative Bill Kristol (a group of folks that I don’t take kindly to).


  5. Lies, damned lies, and statistics


    I don’t do a lot of reporting on global warming (not to say that it’s not important, it is.. anything involving the environment is important), but a somewhat recent paper claimed that 97% of climate science papers agree that climate change is man-made.

    This is a very good example of how statistics can be misleading. While it may be true that 97% think that climate change is man-made, a closer look at the statistics show only 1.6% believe that climate change is primarily caused by man.


  6. The New York Times misnomer: Is Obama truly shrinking the army?


    Despite the New York Times article that is going viral, the article is only telling you half the story. The Times article starts out with this misleading introductory paragraph:

    "Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.”

    The misnomer arises when defining the United States Army. In World War II, the Pentagon did not have Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capabilities. UAV’s will continue to be purchased by the military. To get a full understanding, one must go back to the “government shutdown" in 2013 (also a misnomer). With the threat of another possible sequestration, a deal had to be reached between Barack Obama and Congress. This deal was met in December of 2013. Within this deal was cuts to military spending, but not as radical as some might think.

    The budget for the Pentagon is roughly over $500 billion if you include the money for Afghanistan & Iraq (which are considered separate from the Pentagon budget). This bodes well for very many defense contractors (many of which are in the top 5 of federal government contractors). Northrop Grumman build’s the drone called the Global Hawk. The Air Force was set to retire this drone fleet due to operating costs, but was forced to keep them.

    This provides evidence of things to come. After President Obama signed into law the new budget, the Department of Defense released the “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap”. Here is some revealing information:

    Here we see that budgets don’t seem to be falling for unmanned aerial vehicles. In fact, in the long term, they are growing significantly when looking at the aggregate.

    Unfortunately this only talks about budget. However, drones are becoming very, very economical regardless of the kind that the Air Force was desperately trying to get rid of.

    If we are to define the United States Army purely based on the amount of living human beings, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is being completely honest. If not, he may need to make way for a younger generation that is informed enough to know that drones don’t just spy anymore, they kill.


  7. Helpful studies on varying topics:


    Minimum wage:

    Debt rises with rises in minimum wage.

    What happens when comparing federal minimum wage increases with state minimum wages.

    Analyzing minimum wage effects in Kenya.

    Analyzing minimum wage effects in China.

    A look at the minimum wage effects in Texas (a state that holds the minimum wage at the federal level).

    If minimum wage causes long-term higher prices.

    Former Chair of Econ for Barack Obama on minimum wage.

    How increasing the minimum wage doesn’t help the least off in America.

    Development:

    The role institutions play in underdeveloped countries (the part of the reversal of fortune is very, very interesting).

    The importance of “micro” and “macro” institutions (not necessarily government) in India.

    How free banking could help developing nations.

    Monetary/Macro:

    Origins of money (interestingly enough the accepted view is that of Carl Menger.. yes, the one of those “fringe” Austrian economists).

    Central Banks as Sources of Financial Instability.

    Federal Reserve of Richmond interviewing George Selgin on free banking.

    Free banking in Scotland as an example of successful decentralized banking.

    New Keynesian and Columbia University professor examines the Austrian business cycle (and finds it may be more right than his colleagues think).

    Benign deflation is.. well, benign. Not all deflation is bad or the same.

    Christina Romer, Keynesian, and former chair of president Barack Obama’s economic council, finds that financial instability before the Federal Reserve is exaggerated.

    Spontaneous order & anarchy:

    Why market failure (if you believe in such a thing) can be solved without explicit privatization or government prescriptions.

    How ostracism acts as a regulatory practice as opposed to government regulation.

    World Bank says Somalia is doing better without a centralized government.

    How powerful economic cities formed through spontaneous order.

    Can stateless societies repel the state?

    Whether or not anarchy can be efficient.

    Public choice:

    A public choice analysis of anarchism.

    Empirical evidence on the irrationality of voters.

    How log-rolling caused the passage of Smoot Hawley tariff.

    Why market failures are not the problem.

    How big government spending causes market inefficiencies.

    The problem of political ignorance (here is Huemer’s Tedxtalk as well).

    The war on people that do drugs:

    How it’s creating an underclass and keeping people poor.

    How police are using it as a way to profit from it.

    The effects of the war on people that do drugs on Mexico is causing wealthier Mexicans to leave thus perpetuating poorer Mexicans.

    Economic methodology:

    Dierdre Mccloskey on economic epistemology.

    Taking assumptions too far in economics.

    The Arrogance of Economist Theorists.

    The problems of stats and math in economics.

    Understanding Mises and Austrian methodology.

    Political philosophy:

    An argument that economic equality is INTRINSICALLY valuable (very important you notice the intrinsically part).

    Why the labor theory of value is false.



  8. Popular wisdom often praises those who get involved in politics, who vote in democratic elections, fight for a cause they believe in, and try to make the world a better place. We tend to assume that such individuals are moved by high ideals and that, when they change the world, it is usually for the better.
    The clear evidence of human ignorance and irrationality in the political arena poses a challenge to the popular wisdom. Lacking awareness of basic facts of their political systems, to say nothing of the more sophisticated knowledge that would be needed to reliably resolve controversial political issues, most citizens can do no more than guess when they enter the voting booth. Far from being a civic duty, the attempt to influence public policy through such arbitrary guesses is unjust and socially irresponsible. Nor have we any good reason to think political activists or political leaders to be any more reliable in arriving at correct positions on controversial issues; those who are most politically active are often the most ideologically biased, and may therefore be even less reliable than the average person at identifying political truths. In most cases, therefore, political activists and leaders act irresponsibly and unjustly when they attempt to impose their solutions to social problems on the rest of society.

    — Mike Huemer in his praised essay, “In Praise of Passivity”.



  9. [it is] a fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.

    — 

    Warren V. District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Dept.

    Kinda makes you feel safe, right?



  10. Do you have a favorite anti-big government song? What is it?