Bitcoin — Not As Advertised

Sometimes it seems like everything is the exact opposite of what it claims to be. Take capitalism. It claims to be a decentralized Invisible Hand of free competition — ensuring that all economic abuses are reined in by the discipline of competition so that nobody is able to exploit anyone else. In practice, it is… Continue reading Bitcoin — Not As Advertised

A Bizarre Theory That All Economists Believe

Back when I taught Economics to gullible undergrads, and to even more gullible grad students, I posed a conundrum. (I couldn’t push it too hard for fear of heresy.) But it’s actually not that difficult if put in straightforward terms, so those who have not been afflicted with Economics courses should bear with me. It… Continue reading A Bizarre Theory That All Economists Believe

Beware of Bitcoin

Believe it or not, I’m going to trash Bitcoin on spiritual grounds. Is there no limit to my irreverence? Most people know almost nothing about bitcoin and the bewildering array of cryptocurrencies that are swirling around it now. Even for computer nerds like me, it’s a serious struggle to get a handle on it, and… Continue reading Beware of Bitcoin

Complexity Theory – On the Outside Looking In

I may sometimes give the impression that only mainstream economics exists, and that I’m the only rebel. Far be it from me to suggest that. There are many other economists, much more accomplished than I, who are working on alternative approaches. The problem is, they’re frozen out of the mainstream. I’ll talk about complexity theory… Continue reading Complexity Theory – On the Outside Looking In

Don’t Blame Prof. Smith

Adam Smith, the Scottish Presbyterian minister and professor at Glasgow University in the 18th century, is often called the father of modern Economics. But he wasn’t an economist. He was, first and foremost, a moral philosopher, who wrote a book about political economy (as it was called for centuries) on the side. His more important… Continue reading Don’t Blame Prof. Smith

Don't Blame Prof. Smith

Adam Smith, the Scottish Presbyterian minister and professor at Glasgow University in the 18th century, is often called the father of modern Economics. But he wasn’t an economist. He was, first and foremost, a moral philosopher, who wrote a book about political economy (as it was called for centuries) on the side. His more important… Continue reading Don't Blame Prof. Smith