Category Archives: Policy

What Caused the Financial Crisis?

(Dear Reader: This post is in response to requests that we have received from some of my younger readers to summarize my views on the causes of the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.  I have already commented on many … Continue reading

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Where’s The Outrage?

Whenever a failed CEO is fired with a cushy payoff, the outrage is swift and voluminous.  The liberal press usually misrepresents this as a hypocritical “jobs for the boys” program within the capitalist class.  In reality, the payoffs are almost always … Continue reading

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When Dogs Catch Cars

It is clear that we can add Senator Chuck Schumer to the list of secret readers of The Economic Man Blog.[1]  Talking about the Republicans and their pledge to repeal Obamacare, he referred to them as “the dog who (sic) … Continue reading

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Legal Reform

What happened to legal reform, particularly of tort law, as a major political issue? Maybe it was just because I was growing up with a lawyer as a father, but I remember legal reform being a big part of the … Continue reading

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A Curate’s Egg (Part One)

The English use our shared language better than we do.  They have had more practice.  This includes their expressions, one of which is the title of this post.  It means “something that is good in parts.”  Now, why the breakfast … Continue reading

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Lessons from Dakota

On its way out, the Obama administration is reminding us why so many will be happy to see its back. From everything I have read and heard, although admittedly from inside a conservative/libertarian echo chamber, the protests against the Dakota … Continue reading

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Sweet Nothings

Maybe I am becoming jaded, but nothing that I have read, seen or heard recently has filled me with sufficient horror to prompt a full blog.  But here are short comments on some minor outrages against common sense and decency.  … Continue reading

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Fantasy Debate (The Second Debate)

The most frustrating thing about watching the debates is wishing that Economic Man were on the stage.  I have made this request to the Commission on Presidential Debates.  They have responded in a letter that included the words “snowball,” “chance” … Continue reading

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Random Observations

Tyler Cowen Tyler Cowen is an interesting guy. His day job is teaching economics at George Mason University, which has one of the leading free-market programs in the country.  He is also the director general of the Mercatus Center, a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Speeches (Part Two)

In the first part of this posting, I said that Donald Trump has laid out a “know nothing” economic policy.  But no one can accuse Hillary Clinton of this.  She knows exactly what each of us needs in every aspect … Continue reading

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