Democracies and the Free Market


Recently, Tom Woods discussed an AlterNet article entitled, “11 Questions You Should Ask Libertarians to See If They’re Hypocrites”. The discussion revolved around ways to trick libertarians into “gotcha” moments by asking whether or not certain given items were examples of spontaneous order. One example of spontaneous order was a democracy. Tom, in his usual form,…

The Hot Air of Private vs. Public


Many libertarians are already convinced that the private market can do anything the government can do, only more efficiently. There’s the historical example about Lysander Spooner outperforming the US Postal Service in the 18th century. Wherein he was so efficient at delivering the mails at a cheaper rate and to his customers’ front door, that…

What’s Wrong With Algorithmns?


If you’re a frequent user of social media platforms you’ve probably noticed something akin to being watched or even monitored. Suddenly, an advertisement appears for a product you might have reviewed on Amazon or eBay. A series of videos appears to the right of your YouTube page relating to something you’ve watched days earlier. Facebook…

More Broken Windows


As Hurricane Harvey, now tropical storm Harvey, makes its way across the southern US, estimates have already come in as to the cost of the storm. According to AccuWeather, Harvey is expected to cost upwards of $190 billion in damages, one percent of the national GDP. This makes Harvey the costliest storm ever to hit the United…

Pathological Altruism


Psychologists and psychiatrists, over the recent years, have uncovered a phenomenon they call, “pathological altruism”. They describe how someone may have such an insatiable desire to help someone else, that they may actually be doing the recipient of that help more harm than good, without realizing it. Free marketeers have witnessed and described this very same behavior…

Audio Articles


A quick update to all the readers of the BCE, I am currently adding audio to the bottom of each article. You will begin to find an audio widget at the end of each article for those who may be seeing impaired, short of time, or just would rather listen to a British guy read…