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Freedom and Property: Where They Conflict by Frank van Dun
Why Health Insurance? (on Mises Blog) by Robert Blumen
Why Health Insurance? (follow up on LewRockwell.com) by Robert Blumen
The Demand for Money and the Time-Structure of Production by Jörg Guido Hülsmann
Healthcare and Insurance on a Desert Island by Gilbert G. Berdine, M.D.
I wasn't active in the Ron Paul campaign, though I wish I was. I wrote this song imagining what it might have been like.
10 Anthropica Points for whoever can identify what quotation the title of this post is based on and who said it!
I recently installed the eBook reader Stanza on my iPhone. It may not be E Ink, but it's much better than reading Rothard and Mises on the iPhone's Safari browser! Just the fact that Stanza remembers exactly which page you left off at makes all the difference.
There are other ways than the following to transfer epub files into your iPhone. But I had trouble until I tried the following way...
EVERYONE interested in Austrian Economics who has an iPhone should have Human Action and MES on it. Even if it's slow going, or if you don't understand all of it... just make those two treatises your long-term companions, and whenever you find yourself waiting in line or waiting for your girlfriend to finish shopping, just fire up whichever treatise you feel most like reading, and make some progress!
The Journal of the American Medical Association, the labor-restricting guild that is largely responsible for the high cost of health care published an editorial, the thrust of which, in the words of its lead author Laura Esserman (who by the way donated a cool thousand to Obama's presidential campaign), is that, "The benefit [of cancer screening] is not nearly as much as we hoped and comes at the cost of overdiagnosis and overtreatment..." And the American Cancer Society, although they've since backpedaled a bit, has voiced support for this position.
The mainstream media is all over this "rethinking" on screening. The New York Times headline runs, "Benefits and Risks of Cancer Screening Are Not Always Clear, Experts Say" Sharon Begley in Newsweek: cites the editorial while opining about, "Why there's more reason than ever to be skeptical about cancer screening."
Esserman has been quoted and interviewed extensively in the past couple of days. In her interviews on the News Hour and on San Francisco's KQED she protests profusely that the "rethinking" she is pushing for is not about restriction of care, but is about "tailoring care" and "making care better." In the KQED interview, in a soppy, "caring" tone, she professes her concern for patients worrying over cancers which they do indeed have, but which aren't necessarily dangerous.
I highly suspect that all this is basically a ham-fisted attempt at consent-engineering purposed toward softening the blow for future government-mandated restrictions on screening. Unless we fight back, we may well be on our way toward centrally-rationed health care. And that's not scare-mongering, but simply a sensible analysis of political trends.
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Ever since I first started studying the Austrian tradition, I have never accepted the characterization of economics as the "dismal science".
Economic truths are only "dismal"--in the sense of "depressing"--to busy-body statists who long for a free hand in coercively remaking society according to their own liking. To those who love freedom, however, economics is a scientific affirmation of what we already know in our hearts: that freedom works.
And economic truths are only "dismal"--in the sense of "dreary"--to those unfortunate enough to have learned mainstream neoclassical economics from textbooks. To students of the Austrian tradition, who learned economics from, for example, reading the penetrating prose of Ludwig von Mises or listening to the hugely enjoyable lecture archive of Murray Rothbard, economics is the thrilling study of ACTION.
In the spirit of economics thus conceived, I have started a new project to communicate the basic principles of Austrian economics in the most action-oriented medium around: comics. I would like to introduce you to that project. I usually wouldn't write a "review" of my own work. But the great Lew Rockwell suggested I do so. And when Mr. Rockwell says "write", I say "how much?"
In my new series, Human Action Comics, I try to explain the principles of Austrian Economics in a manner as simple, as clear, and as enjoyable as possible. I'm no visual artist, so don't expect dazzling graphics. But I am a teacher by profession and a writer by passion. So, in Human Action Comics, I try to bring my communicative and creative strengths to bear through:
"Excellent... thanks for making it so enjoyable to understand."
"...you might have actually given me the tools to show my fiancee that economics is actually fun!"
"I find your Human Action Comics very funny and enlightening. I think that if someone has a drive to learn about economic theory, your stuff is spot on."
"You just keep outdoing yourself! Thanks again, these help me introduce friends to Austrian economics and open up discussions. Loving them."All six current issues (and all future ones) can be found in the table at the top of this post. I hope you will enjoy them.