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In defence of spontaneous order: Hayek and libertarianism

The Economist  Abstract  According to Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek and everyone else who knows what he or she is talking about, well-functioning markets depend, inter alia, upon clear property rights and a judicial system that enforces agreements and resolve disputes. It’s true that Friedrich Hayek, whom Mr Linker shamelessly abuses, is the most prominent 20th-century…

Jane Jacobs as Spontaneous Order Theorist

H/T to Sanford Ikeda (click image for podcast). Sandy (with Gene Callahan) has written on this topic for C+T (issue 1:3): “Jane Jacobs’ Critique of Rationalism in Urban Planning”. Austrian Economicscitiescosmos & taxisEconomicseconomics detectiveemergent orderGene CallahanJane JacobsPierre DesrochersrationalismSanford IkedaSpontaneous order


Review of “Pops”

Here’s a review from the very excellent Journal of Jazz Studies. Along with Teachout’s “Pops” I can also highly recommend Ricky Riccardi’s What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years since together one gets a fuller and more rounded picture of America’s greatest art form and greatest artist. Both Teachout and Riccardi are masterful…


Hayek and Behavioral Economics: Mindscapes and Landscapes: Hayek and Simon on Cognitive Extension

I see that the publisher now has a fully detailed page up for a volume that I’ve been privileged to be a part of. The Foreword is by a very nice chappie going by the name of V.Smith and includes luminaries such as McCloskey, Boettke, Gintis, Steel and others. My abstract: Mindscapes and Landscapes: Hayek and Simon on Cognitive Extension Hayek’s…