Archive for May, 2009

Embracing Ignorance

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2009 by send it in

A timeless quote from Murray Rothbard,

“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.”

This reminds me of the present day thinker phd who wisely said

“It’s difficult to have a battle of wits when your opponent refuses to arm himself.

Well said, Skip. Well said.


Public Servants??

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 18, 2009 by send it in

Sleazy politicians (generalizing, and redundant) love to think of themselves as public servants. Are they serving the public by threatening to recoup earned income from individuals, or by scaring a constituent who may have the audacity to have a differing opinion on government bailouts?

I read this letter at the Cafe which was sent from humble servants to one of their lords.

Keynesian Ignorance

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 1, 2009 by send it in

As a believer in free-market economics, I am often amazed that one of John Maynard Keynes most enduring lines is “in the long run, we’re all dead,” referencing the need for government interaction even though in the long run it may be destructive.

This logic applied to almost any day-to-day decision would be ridiculed and seem to come from an elementary student (literally, an elementary student – grades kindergarten through fifth).

– Why should a child brush his teeth?? Think of all that time he/she could spend watching cartoons which would produce much more utility.

– Why should a high school student finish high-school?? If he dropped out, lived at home, and saved his paychecks like crazy, he could accumulate perhaps $50,000 in savings during that time. Surely, it would take over a decade to even break even and who knows if he will live to thirty.

Maybe the best question would be why on earth would anyone pre-plan for one’s own death buy sorting out funeral arrangements, having life insurance, or even making a will.? After all, even in the case that one needs those things, one is already dead so who cares, right?

I read an article today from Veronique de Rugy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University which deals with future effects from budget deficits. Her last sentence, in my opinion,  flattens Keynes with some simple logic about that ole’ long run.

John Maynard Keynes, the 20th century’s preeminent defender of deficit spending, famously quipped, “In the long run, we are all dead.” Keynes did not give much guidance, though, on how we would pay for the funeral.

Ya’ know, deficits, like all things, do have long-ranging consequences – yes , John, even after we’re dead.

Raise a glass to JMK, a great thinker, an Englishman, but unfortunately for him, also shown to be dead wrong.