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A Story Idea
Someone comes up with a drug, or a technology, that gives the user perfect recall, the ability to rerun, in full detail, any part of his life. How would it get used? One possibility is for self-education. Observing selected past experiences with a fifty yea...
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You weren't "born too early". You can remember a time when it was a requirement to be, if only for a short while, completely out of communication with others; when the locations you visited and your movement between them were NOT tracked and recorded; when the recording and preservation of an individual's daily missives was more uncommon; when a photograph taken may easily turn out to be just a white or black piece of photo paper and you wouldn't know perhaps for weeks that a special moment in time would be entirely lost; Because you were born and lived at this time you notice these changes as they happen around you, so I would say you were born at just the right time.
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Observations on London
I recently spent a few days in London, and was struck by several features of current London culture: 1. Several times, younger passengers on the Tube (subway) offered me their seats. I have grey hair but do not appear (and am not) particularly feeble. I wou...
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Brexit and Free Trade
Much of the discussion of the recent British vote to leave the European Union takes it for granted that the result will be less free trade for the U.K. While that is possible, so is the opposite result. Britain can still negotiate a free trade agreement wit...
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+José Ignacio Mora​​​ money is theft, taxation, legislation(s), & inflation are all devaluing the money the wealthy hand the serfs for everything they produce! (Money printers take it all FOR FREE, set, score, & match!)
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The Origin of the Law of Torture: A Cautionary Tale
[This is a passage I just wrote for a chapter of my current book project, Legal Systems Very Different from Ours . I thought my blog readers might find it of interest.] People in the past
worried about convicting the innocent too. In the early Middle Ages, ...
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Anyone Want a Talk Near London?
I am currently scheduled to give a talk for the Institute of Economic Affairs on July 2nd and tentatively giving another talk the day before. My plan is to fly to London on the 28th or 29th, fly home on the  third or fourth, although I could stay another da...
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I'm currently working on the sequel to my Salamander and looking for relevant historical sources. The capital of the kingdom of Esland has been captured by a surprise attack from a neighboring kingdom. I want information on what the situation is likely to look like a few weeks later.

When the city was captured, there was a good deal of looting and burning, as seems common in such situations. The army that captured it has not yet advanced further, although they have probably sent out scouting parties. Some defenders are still holding out in the citadel. Technology somewhere between fourteen and eighteenth century--no firearms, some magery.

Will ordinary city life have been restored at this point, for those who neither fled nor got killed in the original attack? Is there likely to be a curfew? Is the attacking army feeding itself by sending raiding parties into the countryside or just buying food from farmers who bring it in? Have they recruited local forces to patrol the streets, as one step towards organizing a local government working for them?

What were captured cities like in the past after the smoke had cleared? Any good primary sources people can offer?
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Look at the capture of Berlin from World War 2, any of the bountiful sieges on major cities during the Sengoku Jidai, or some of the fights during the American Revolution.
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My Response to a Non-Libertarian FAQ
A long time ago, a blogger I think highly of wrote a non-libertarian faq . When I came across it, some years later, I responded by email, he replied, I replied. I eventually got around to converting the exchange to a web page . I recently came across a blog...
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I need some help answering a question on Monopoly: http://bit.ly/1Vkgdym
To be a part of this Trello card: http://bit.ly/20z36ZX
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Donald Trump and The Boy Who Cried Wolf
In 1964, Fact magazine published an article whose headline was "1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater Is Psychologically Unfit To Be President." It included a variety of detailed and unflattering diagnoses of the Republican candidate for president by psychiatri...
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Scotland and the EU
One result of the British vote to leave the EU has been a revival of calls for Scotland to leave the U.K. Doing so is considerably more attractive if combined with EU membership. That raises the question of whether, if Brexit were followed by Scottish seces...
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America's Annual Celebration of Lawlessness
Where we live, private fireworks are illegal. Walking around the neighborhood for an hour or so after dark, I must have seen several hundred rockets go up as well as a lot of ground level displays. Lots of people out watching. It's enough to warm an anarchi...
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Here in Brooklyn selling fireworks has historically been a surprisingly lucrative mob business.
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Thoughts on the Election
It seems almost certain that the two major party candidates will be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, not an inspiring vision. Of the possible bad outcomes, which is least bad? The answer, I think, is for Hilary Clinton to be elected president with a Republ...
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Welcome to the stoneage +Ken Barber​
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Question for any Historians Reading This
I am currently working on the sequel to Salamander , my second novel, and would like some relevant historical information. The novel is a fantasy, the world it is set in has technology somewhere between our fourteenth and 18th century (no firearms) plus wea...
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Undine?
Sylph?
Gnome?

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Education
  • Harvard University
    Chemistry and Physics, 1961 - 1965
  • University of Chicago
    Physics, PhD, 1965 - 1971
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I am an academic economist who teaches in a law school and has never taken a course for credit in either field.
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I'm an academic economist, teach in a law school, have never taken a course for credit in either field.

Interests include poetry, medieval cooking, science fiction and fantasy, computers, and much else.

I also write books.

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Helped rear two of the world's most wonderful children. Both home unschooled.
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I am an economist who teaches at a law school. I also write books, maintain a blog and web site, argue with people online, cook from very old recipes, do a certain amount of medieval/renaissance woodwork and jewelry, tell medieval stories around a campfire, ... .
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  • Santa Clara University
    Professor of Law, present
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