It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Leave it to the Mises Institute to “celebrate” by reprinting a piece on the causes of the potato famine
I’ve never understood the saying “the luck of the Irish.” The Irish have had total crap luck. Irish history has been one long chain of famines, massacres, attempted genocides, and cruel (religious, economic, and intellectual) suppressions at the hand of the “civilized” English. It’s kind of like saying “the luck of the Jewish.” (And as Aaron Zelman used to remind me, “Imagine being both Irish and Jewish.”)
I know some people won’t like the current, more artsy character of the blog. And to them I say I’m sorry. But it’s an unfortunately insincere apology, as I don’t plan to change my ways.
Some people think art doesn’t have anything to do with freedom. But art has everything to do with freedom. It’s that thing I’ve been preaching but haven’t always practiced: fighting for freedom may be necessary at times. But if we forget how to live free the most valiant fighting in the world will avail us nothing.
The shape of your nose is influenced by the climate your ancestors lived in.
Tell us something you didn’t have to waste so much (government?) money concluding.
Speaking of money … Brad R posted this in comments. But for your bitcoin users, I thought it deserved more prominence. Facial recognition? To use BTC? Can you see the dirty hand of government in here somewhere? Good, if depressing, piece by Wendy McElroy.
See, I told you that using the Oxford comma was a good idea. Despite what your eighth grade English teacher may have told you, it’s not obsolete after all — as one company just discovered at a potential $10 million cost.
I’m always skeptical when some celebrity is shown in acts of doggie do-gooding. Is this some just-for-the-cameras thing? Or is it for real? Still, these images of Sir Patrick Stewart and his wife with their new foster pitbull are too adorable to pass up (as jc2k knew when he posted the link in comments the other day).