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“Guerrilla Economics” Coming to Forbes.com

July 29, 2010 by

Apropos my post from a few days ago, I’ve been asked to write a weekly column for Forbes.com. My earlier Forbes contributions are here, and the new column–tentatively titled “Guerrilla Economics”–will start running soon. “Guerrilla Economics” is also the working title of a book manuscript I’ve worked on off and on for about a year and a half now; having a column of the same name will, I hope, help me finish it.


Automated Income Online July 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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Hard Rain July 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Excellent stuff. Please post a reminder on the Mises Blog when your columns are released so we can check them out. Also, good luck with the book.

Bruce Koerber July 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Thanks for the link to your past Forbes articles and good luck with your new opportunity.

Modorok July 30, 2010 at 3:57 am

I’ve been taking a look at your comments at forbes.com. I am quite sure that you write a lot good liberal stuff there, but I have to disagree with the first article ” Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” I’ve read from you. ( http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/19/immigration-economics-haiti-opinions-contributors-art-carden.html?feed=rss_author )

It’s very naive to think that allowing immigrants to flood western industrial nations would solve the problem. It makes me lough. I don’t know where you live in the USA, but we here in Europe are facing the problem that the european facist governments forces immigrations in europe, much more than the people can stand.

You ignore the nature of human action, the nature of the difference of other people and the nature how wealth is created. If you want to get your lawn cut cheaper, as you’ve mentioned in your article, you should move to a area where many “Haitians” as you want live. I bet they will cut your lawn for an apple and an egg.

You shoul read Hans Hermann Hoppe.

How is wealth created? It is NOT created, because you flood a country with “poor” and “tired” people. If that was so, Africa, Latin America and many other countries would have to be the richest on earth.

The immigrants need the capability to develope, to envolve. The have to have an IQ that allows them to create technical improvements which creates higher productivity. Cheap “Haitians” as you claimed will work for nearly nothing in the beginning, but in the long run, they want more of the pie. What they wont get by higher productivty will be taking by riots an socialist movements.

Socialist parties are voted mostly from people with a lower IQ and liberal partys from people with a higher IQ. (In the long run).

Take a sober look at the world. A sober look why some countries are more productive than others. What is someone with a IQ of 130 able to achive compared to someone with an IQ of 90.

Liberalism and the Austrian School is also a teaching of the naturally system.

In a really libertarian country, “your welcomed Haitians” would be very fast sepearated again.



PS: Keep misspelling – English is not my first language.

HL July 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I think the immigration debate will simmer in our circle for a long time to come. Both sides have good points to make. Meanwhile, the USA and Europe hurtle at lightening speed to cultural doom.

Russ July 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm

European governments have to keep importing labor, or their social Ponzi schemes would collapse very soon. They don’t want that while they are in office, so they keep trying to prop it up.

“Socialist parties are voted mostly from people with a lower IQ and liberal partys from people with a higher IQ. (In the long run).”

I’m not sure this is true, at least, in the US. Here, most people with higher IQs get indoctrinated by leftists in college. After all, academia in the US is one of the few places where you can still find Marxists. Also, in the US religious fundamentalists, who are common in the lower classes of the South, often vote for conservative republicans who favor illegalizing abortion, prayer in school, getting rid of evolution in science classes, etc.

BTW, what’s all this “Haitians” in quotes stuff? If that the current European way of saying the N word without actually saying it? I may be wrong, but you come across as a racist.

Modorok July 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

BTW, what’s all this “Haitians” in quotes stuff? If that the current European way of saying the N word without actually saying it? I may be wrong, but you come across as a racist.

I don’t think that I am a racist. I think this is a k.o. argument to stop liberal discussions. Anyways I do only try to see the world as it is, sober and clear. The Author of the article presents in his article “” Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” ( http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/19/immigration-economics-haiti-opinions-contributors-art-carden.html?feed=rss_author ) a solution to poverty of the “Haitians” by letting them all to immigrate into the United States. Thats why i wrote a comment on this.

Political correctness will not help anyone. Many historical, social and economic problems arise because of taboos (most of them governmental). In Democracy and Liberalism may not be any taboos. The freedom of speech and the right to discuss everything is esential for liberalism and a free and prosper society.

A decade ago, I’ve been a member to a social democratic party. The party was a mix of socialism and capitalism, which is common in Europe. With the time I could not tollerate the socialist parts of the programm no more and became more and more liberal. I visited even socialist party meetings and I know many socialists. In Europe there are mostly 3 different types of schools which peaple can graduate. Kids are selected by their iq early. In socialist parties you will hardly find someone who went to university. And if there is one, he studied philosophy or something like that – most members and leaders are low educated workers, while in liberal parties most members are well educated, are bussy and got a university diploma.

I’ve wasted a lot of time explaining socialist party members why liberalism is the better and only logical way. Within years only a hand full of people were able to understand that they might be wrong – that were the ones with higer intelligence. But the most 98% couldn’t follow, did not want to understand and were not able to buy a book and study on their own. This difference of intelligence and capability to understand, learn and envolve is the reason why one country has got a higher productivity than an other one.

With liberal greets


Russ July 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I’m not trying to be politically correct. I consider myself a liberal (in the true sense of the word, which is still used in Europe). I must confess that I didn’t bother to read the article you linked to, and didn’t even notice that the URL contained the word Haiti. My apologies.

J. Murray July 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm

IQ has been demonstrated to be a full of shit measurement.

HL July 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Yeah, until you have two employees. One, you explain things once and off he goes. The other, explain things a dozen times and get the blank stare. IQ is real, and it can be measured with great accuracy.

HL July 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm

The intro to Idiocracy is classic, btw.

Modorok July 31, 2010 at 5:35 am

The intro of idiocracy shows exactly the problem. The social welfare states of Europe are transfering so much money from the productive to the “poor” that for example in munich, where the rental is very high, jobless people live better than ones with job. A academic working and living in munich is only able to afford an apartment, mostly with only one room. A jobless Person lives in social apartments which are highest standard in Germany with 45 squaremeters or two rooms minimum.

Another example you can proof. A jobless familiy with 3 kids gets at lowest social welfare level in Germany 2.350 € a month for living. That is an aquivalent earning after taxes of 3055 USD per month!! Every one in Germany gets that money. For every additional kid they produce, they get 300 € + extra aid. There is no reason for those low educated people to get into a job because it would be worse for them or not really better. The situation in Germany is really crazy.

Thilo Sarrazin, member of the board of directors of the german Bundesbank (Central bank of germany) said a while ago that the problem in germany is, that 40 % of the new born childs are coming from the lowest social level. Besides in most german maintowns, only one third of new born babys are german.

I could imagine, that the social circumstances in europe are hardly traceable for americans.

So much from socialist Europe.

Best greets


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Matt July 30, 2010 at 11:03 am

Excellent! Another platform from which the evil Keynesians can be beaten back!

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