Blogs for the interested economist!

The Motley Fool - Great place to find information about a variety of financial topics including: retirement and investing. 

 

 

 

 

Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt is an economist. Stephen J. Dubner is a writer. In 2005, they co-authored Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, and crack-selling mama’s boys. They figured it would sell about 80 copies. Instead, it has sold 5.5 million, in roughly 40 languages. In 2009, they followed up with SuperFreakonomics, with stories about drunk walking, the economics of prostitution, and how to stop global warming. (To date, SuperFreakonomics has sold 1.5 million copies.) In 2014, Dubner and Levitt published Think Like a Freak, which made its debut at No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list. And in 2015, they published When to Rob a Bank, a compilation of “greatest hits” from 10 years of blogging at Freakonomics.com; it also landed on the Times list. Along the way, a lot of other stuff has happened too. An award-winning blog. A movie. Lectures. And a No. 1-ranked podcast, with more than 7 million monthly downloads. This is the place where all that stuff continues to happen. Welcome to Freakonomics.com.

 

Objectivism and the Randian Hero

Question: What is Objectivism ?

Answer:  "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."
      — Ayn Rand , Appendix to
Atlas Shrugged

Objectivism is the philosophy of rational individualism founded by Ayn Rand (1905-1982). In novels such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged , Rand dramatized her ideal man, the producer who lives by his own effort and does not give or receive the undeserved, who honors achievement and rejects envy. Because her philosophy values individual success and not the state (gov.) it has become extremely popular with both the Libertarian and Republican parties. 

 

Visual History of the Fed