Two Political Campaign Strategies

This article quickly discusses two political campaign strategies based on crossover likelihood. Quick definitions on strategy and tactics, two words which are tossed around in politics all the time and rarely defined or correctly used: A strategy is a theoretically-backed general plan to accomplish some goal. Tactics are the actual tasks done to implement the … Read more Two Political Campaign Strategies

The Relationship Between Vote Costs and Favorability

This article will discuss 4 concepts in applied politics, applied economics, and political economy. Relative Preference Vote Costs Dollar-Power A Probabilistic Approach to Transaction   Relative Preference You go to the store to buy soda. Coke costs $1 per bottle and Pepsi costs $1 per bottle. Which do you buy? Easy. Whichever you prefer. If … Read more The Relationship Between Vote Costs and Favorability

Bad Objections to Anarchy: The Historical Objection

One objection to anarchy is the historical objection. “Anarchy has never been tried before, so it’s risky.” Or, “Anarchy is historically associated with violence.” These are two separate objections and we will cover both here. It’s never been tried before Yes it has! Even today, the vast majority of everything you do is voluntary, or … Read more Bad Objections to Anarchy: The Historical Objection

Lew Rockwell Doesn’t Get Anarcho-Capitalism

Lew Rockwell, a major libertarian thinker, was recently featured in discussion with Tom Woods, another major figure in the movement, on the Tom Woods show. The audio can be found here. Throughout the interview, Rockwell defines anarcho-capitalism in his own way, someone who: Makes the Rothbardian moral argument that coercive violence is never justified. Believes … Read more Lew Rockwell Doesn’t Get Anarcho-Capitalism

Two Stories from David Friedman on Issues of Political Economy

David Friedman said on more than one occasion, “When you’re young, you worry that people will steal your ideas. When you’re old, you worry that they won’t.”   Following his advice, I had to preserve two stories he recently told on social media. Specifically, on his Google+ page he recounted these two stories of his … Read more Two Stories from David Friedman on Issues of Political Economy

Quantifying Political Support

This article discusses the relationship between political support, political favorability, and name ID. The first thing to note is that each of these ideas is both a concept in theory and also refers to a particular practical counterpart. In other words, there are very specific and standard political industry operationalizations for each of these concepts. … Read more Quantifying Political Support

The Real Link Between Technology and Entrepreneurship

In the mind of American culture, and perhaps other cultures as well, technology and entrepreneurship are inextricably linked. One usual explanation is the idea of particularly creative people. These creative people are into creating new inventions and are also able to successfully launch a business due to the same creativity. Another explanation is that technology … Read more The Real Link Between Technology and Entrepreneurship

The Creeping Fundamental Growth in Bitcoin Price

This article will cover one major, long-run driver of the increasing bitcoin price. In the past, I have echoed a fact which is well known in the bitcoin community (the community pretty much being Reddit.com/r/bitcoin and Bitcointalk). The fact is that ever since the creation of bitcoin, not a year has gone by without a … Read more The Creeping Fundamental Growth in Bitcoin Price