Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday May 6, 2011

Today: Wichita downtown sites draw little interest; KPERS; more flexibility for school funds; despite “cuts,” spending grows; Sandy Springs a model; states’ war for jobs; shale gas to be topic in Wichita; Economics in one lesson this Monday; voters favor cuts, not tax increases to balance budget; here’s the Kansas data. Continue reading Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday May 6, 2011

Primer on Mises and Austrian economics published

If you’ve heard of Ludwig von Mises and wondered why his ideas are important to freedom, here’s a chance to easily and quickly gain understanding of this important thinker and the field of Austrian economics.

Or if you’ve not heard of or read about Mises and Austrian economics, here’s your chance. The Institute for Economic Affairs, a free-market think-tank based in London, has just published a short book titled Ludwig von Mises — A Primer. the author is Eamonn Butler. Continue reading Primer on Mises and Austrian economics published

What kind of man was Ludwig von Mises?

What kind of man was Ludwig von Mises? As this unique film shows, Mises (1881-1973) was a man who never stopped fighting for freedom: not when the Nazis burned his books, not when the Left blackballed him at universities, not when it seemed as if statism had won. With courage and genius, he fought big government until the day he died … in 25 books, hundreds of articles, and more than 60 years of teaching. Continue reading What kind of man was Ludwig von Mises?

Hayek vs. Keynes: the video

There’s a video concerning some obscure but vitally important ideas in economics that’s getting a lot of play on YouTube. Titled “Fear the Boom and Bust” a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem, the video tells the story about two competing theories of how the world works — the theories of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich A. Hayek. The ideas of Keynes have been vastly more popular in mainstream economics and politics and are embraced by President Obama and his advisors. This, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean that Keynes and his followers are correct. Continue reading Hayek vs. Keynes: the video

Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve

Events over the last year have placed our nation’s monetary system in focus. Or, at least it should be in sharp focus, as U.S. monetary policy and the Federal Reserve System bear much responsibility for the financial crisis and the accompanying recession. Few politicians, Ron Paul being one, are looking in the right places for the cause of the problem. His campaign to audit the Fed is a good first step. Continue reading Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve

What kind of man was Ludwig von Mises?

What kind of man was Ludwig von Mises? As this unique film shows, Mises (1881-1973) was a man who never stopped fighting for freedom: not when the Nazis burned his books, not when the Left blackballed him at universities, not when it seemed as if statism had won. With courage and genius, he fought big government until the day he died … in 25 books, hundreds of articles, and more than 60 years of teaching. Continue reading What kind of man was Ludwig von Mises?