A Primer on Congressional Behavior

Whatever your political alignment, you’ve likely bemoaned many issues with the country today; issues that seemingly can’t be solved by uncoordinated actions of individuals. This impulse is understandable. It comes from a place of empathy: we see the suffering of others and want to stop it, but are powerless to do so on our own. […]

“Battle Cry”

I’m almost done with “Battle Cry of Freedom”, which is the fourth installment of the Oxford History of the United States. The book focuses on the Civil War, and like its predecessors, seamlessly flips between macro/strategic and micro/personal insights. McPherson did his homework and dug up some incredible quotes. This northern soldier’s account of battle […]

The Economic Fallacies of Star Trek

I’ve seen every major Star Trek movie and watched every episode of every series (save the original) at least twice. I played a text-based Star Trek online role-playing game for the better parts of three years in high school. (The game required me to log at least 20 hours per week or face potential punishment.) […]

Book Brief: “Crossroads for Liberty”

Crossroads for Liberty: Rediscovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America’s First Constitution-William J. Watkins, Jr. (Amazon) Watkins–a trained lawyer and current research fellow at the libertarian Independent Institute–seemingly has two goals with this book. Primarily, “Crossroads” is an attempt to inform readers about the Articles of Confederation and salvage its reputation. Secondarily, and with far, far […]

Gelinas on the MTA’s Woes

If you live in New York and think that the subways have been awful this year, it’s not just you: “The MTA’s Escalating Cost Crisis”: Nicole Gelinas (Manhattan Institute) As Gelinas explains, the MTA has grown its revenue both through increased volume/fares and through a more comprehensive tax-support structure. The former is evident to any […]

Levy on “Serfdom Shortcuts”

I’m a bit late here, but Jacob Levy has a must-read piece about the lesser-understood, right-wing dangers that FA Hayek worried about in The Road to Serfdom. “The Shortcut to Serfdom”: Jacob Levy (Niskanen Center) Like the book, Levy’s post jams more insight into a small amount of text than I thought possible. Hayek’s seminal […]