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  • In an article, Kwashiorkor explained Mises ideas about the synthetic a priori. Mises introspected to find the most basic truths of Human Action, then used logic to combine and expand them. Mises took the position that statistics could provide historical data but could not succeed in disproving a theory. We cannot measure the values we would need to measure in order to test a theory, and the complexity of society prevents observable phenomena from acting as reliable proxies. I am not sure whether Mises ever explicitly considered the issue of bias on the part of the researcher in relation to theory. I suppose he would have left it to the process of scholarly review and discussion to deal with this danger.

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ludwig_von_Mises&oldid=750642259 The Wikipedia page for Mises seems to be written from a bias perspective: someone with the right credentials or knowledge set should go change it. I’ve tried multiple times but had my submissions blocked or undone. Probably the most irksome line in the whole article is under “Contributions and Influence in Economics” where it concludes that among Mises’ students “only Israel Kirzner has achieved mainstream respectability among economists.”(02:39, 21 November 2016) It would be nice if someone could undo the bias on his Wikipedia page. Any Ideas for changes? Use this discussion to report back on what changes have been made and how smoothly your changes go.

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  • Hi everyone, We could all use a good laugh these days, so just thought I’d pass along one of our new animated videos. For Liberty, The Wry Guys

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  • When J. K. Rowling mentioned a petition to ban Donald Trump from the UK, the audience at the PEN Literary Gala applauded. But unlike much of the left, she knows that taking away freedom of speech threatens everyone, including her, and she rebuked the people who clapped. “Just a moment: Now, I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there. His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot.” The people who applauded were doubtless the same ones who objected to PEN’s free speech award to Charlie Hebdo. While they’re not likely to be convinced by any argument, she may have gotten others to think about the danger in today’s spreading hostility to free speech. That’s what counts.

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  • It took me a while to understand that Trumpism isn’t really about the issues. Not even the issues of anti-immigration and protectionism. It’s about the Chosen One, the Great Leader, the Messiah. When people think things have gone badly wrong, they often turn to someone who will set them right by taking command. The outrageous things he does have only increased his popularity. He boasts, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” When this mentality takes hold, there is no right or wrong for the Leader. When he does outrageous things, that merely proves nothing will stand in the way of his will. Caesar, Napoleon, Lenin, Hitler, Castro, Khomeini: They’ve all known the trick of harnessing the tribalist mindset. The specifics they offered didn’t matter so much as the promise that nothing would stand in their way. They can’t do anything horrible enough to turn people against them, except for failing. Telling Trumpists that he’ll do horrible things or that his policies will hurt everyone is beside the point. They expect him to “make America great again” by sheer force of authority.

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