Category Archives: History

A bit of weekend news

Today’s main stories at It’s a big country but if you’re an American, all of these are coming to get you: In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are The WaPo slides 4 months of … Continue reading

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Today in history

On June 28, 1914, a teenage Serbian nationalist gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, as their motorcade maneuvered through the streets of Sarajevo. Next in line for the Austro-Hungarian throne, Ferdinand had not been particularly well liked … Continue reading

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The maldistribution of common sense

There really is nothing the left can complain about the market economy other than some people are able to earn more than others. Piketty and his Capital in the Twenty-First Century has opened up the latest front in the perennial … Continue reading

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Where has Keynes gone?

The History of Economic Thought conference in Montreal has just ended and, as always, it was wall-to-wall interesting. I have already given a background report on the paper I gave before it was given and I can now report how … Continue reading

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Why economics needs the history of economic thought

My reason for being on the road and in Montreal is to attend the American History of Economic Society meetings. I wrote my Defending the History of Economic Thought in response to attempts to remove HET from within the economics … Continue reading

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Was this in the news?

June 19 was the hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event that started World War I. The world has never been the same. More astonishing than anything I can think of is the absence of news … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt Jnr

I visited the Normandy beaches in April and took this photo: I was reminded of it by They Don’t Make ‘em Like This Anymore… comment in the 70 years on thread. Theodore Roosevelt Jnr………”Roosevelt was instrumental in the forming of … Continue reading

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70 years on

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Tankman footage

Source: WSJ

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Tiananmen Square: 25 years on

Every spring, an old friend of mine named Xu Jue makes a trip to the Babao­shan cemetery in the western suburbs of Beijing to lay flowers on the tombs of her dead son and husband. She always plans her visit … Continue reading

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