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    Chemistry and Physics, 1961 - 1965
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    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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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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The Corrupt Bargain of 2016
I recently came across a clever article on how the Republicans could nominate Trump and then elect someone else. The plan is simple in principle, tricky in execution: 1. The Republicans nominate Trump, the Democrats nominate Hilary. 2. The anti-Trump Republ...
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+David Friedman Did you read this article?

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/im-sorry-republicans-youre-doomed/
Elias J. Atienza writes: Political parties die. The Federalist Party died out in the early 1800s after opposing the War of 1812 and convening the ill-fated Hartford Convention. The Democratic-Republican Party splintered after the election of 1824 when the House of Representatives chose John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson. The Whig Party died in the early 1850s over the opposition to slavery.

And now it is time for the Republican Party to die.
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My View of the Apple Encryption Controversy
Posted more than two years ago. An earlier version . And a still earlier one .
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Thoughts on the Election Campaign
Various ... Suppose Trump arrives at the convention with fewer than half the delegates and so doesn't win on the first ballot. Many delegates, including many of his, will be free to vote for someone else on the second ballot, and almost all will be free on ...
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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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My Favorite Ex-Candidate
Is more fun to listen to than any still in.
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All the livid steeds of the Apocalypse have stormed through my life— revolution and famine, inflation and terror, epidemics ... and now Donald Trump. (I think Lindsey would agree.)
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Hawaiian Taxes, Vertical Integration, and a Research Project
Not a Sales Tax I recently spent a few days in Hawaii, teaching some classes and giving a talk at the Iolani school . In the process, I learned something interesting about the Hawaiian tax system. A major source of state income is the general excise tax, a ...
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Hawaiian Taxes, Vertical and , +++ nào chúc nhanh lên top, ghé tường nhà mình nhé!
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Concerning The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
I was recently interviewed on the subject of Heinlein's very interesting novel. The audio of the interview has been webbed here .
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