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What’s the Purpose of Economics?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

A central argument in economics is unsettled: what is the purpose of economics?

1) A social science (political economy) that describes human behavior in a monetary economy, regardless of policy wants or demands, so that we construct institutions that provide the least resistance to cooperation. (The german Austrian school)

2) A means of extending the rule of law (moral cooperation) to economics (production distribution and trade): the discovery of rules which determine policy actions. (Chicago and the freshwater school)

3) A means of justifying discretionary action independent of rules. (Krugman and the Saltwater school) I include our host John Quiggin in this group.

The first is the least hubristic, the second more so, but allows planning, the third most hubristic, least moral, and least trustworthy.

Discretion is for choosing flavors of ice cream. There is no room for discretion in law or economics.

Curt Doolittle
The Propertarian Institute,
Kiev, Ukraine

A Short Course in Propertarian Morality

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(learning propertarianism) (amoral morality)


1) WHY DON’T I KILL YOU AND TAKE YOUR STUFF?…/the-first-question-of-eth…/

2) THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS…/the-first-principles-of-p…/ ( skip the unfinished sections near the end with only “( )” )

3) THE SCARCITY OF COOPERATION: MORALITY…/the-central-argument-to-t…/



6) THE LEGAL BASIS OF UNIVERSAL MORAL LAW…/propertarianism-vs-rothba…/



9) THE TRANSACTION COST THEORY OF GOVERNMENT…/the-transaction-cost-theo…/

10) LAWS VS CONTRACTS…/laws-prohibit-involuntary…/



13) THE END OF HISTORY IS THE TRUTHFUL CIVILIZATION…/the-end-of-history-the-tr…/

Education: We Do It Wrong.

Monday, July 27th, 2015

We do it wrong.

1) Reading and writing.
2) Testimony( witness, grammar, rhetoric, logic, moral law, contract). 3) History(technical,organizational,economic,artistic).
4) Arithmetic( arithmetic, checkbooks, accounting, credit and interest, banking),
5) Mathematics(algebra, trigonometry, statistics, calculus),
6) Economics (micro-economics, institutions of cooperation, macro-economics).
7) Physics(physics, chemistry, biology).

Note the absence of politics and indoctrination.

Get a job as young as you can. Youth employment not immigrant employment. Elderly employment, not immigrant employment.

Travel for a year or two in your late teens. Borrowing to travel is the best investment you can make in your youth. Parochialism is the greatest liability you can most easily overcome. ( Look at the Mormons )

Or do two years in military service learning emergency skills, crowd control, civil defense, and the basics of weapons, fire, movement, communication and fitness.

Then go to college. If you go to college you can learn a skill: a quantitative discipline. Or you can seek entertainment: non-quantitative fields.

College is a *shitty* filter with not enough variation in filtration. Little of it is useful. And universities teach and distribute cathedral ignorance. Learning selflessness, cooperation, variation, emergency and fighting teaches you to be successful regardless of what technical skill you possess.

Then learn a technical skill: the hardest that you can manage and feel confident in using.

Elegant New Weapon in the Anti-Krugman Wars

Monday, July 27th, 2015

—“The real difference between Chicago and MIT macro is Chicago’s commitment to rules over discretion. Milton Friedman’s endorsement of a constant 3% increase in the money supply was meant to minimize the chance of hyperinflation and to make running the Fed a boring job such that investors had clear expectations of how Policy would be set. When “leaders” have discretion with respect to how they set policy, they have more fun on the jobbut “uncertainty” increases and this reduces investment.”—Matthew Kahn

In other words, the Chicago program seeks to define rules that will eliminate discretion. The MIT program seeks to identify opportunities for discretion. Rule of law = Lack of Discretion.

I wasn’t able to come up with that myself. And it’s wonderful.



 —-“At M.I.T., however, Keynes never went away. To be sure, stagflation showed that there were limits to what policy can do. But students continued to learn about the imperfections of markets and the role that monetary and fiscal policy can play in boosting a depressed economy. And the M.I.T. students of the 1970s enlarged on those insights in their later work. Mr. Blanchard, for example, showed how small deviations from perfect rationality can have large economic consequences; Mr. Obstfeld showed that currency markets can sometimes experience self-fulfilling panic.”—-Paul Krugman 

Point #1 Note the eagerness to introduce ideas from behavioral economics into economic policy making. A dangerous precedent arises here. If the “people are foolish“, then this creates an ugly elitist possibility that only the wise technocrats (the MIT graduates) can protect us. I don‘t like this worldview on a number of levels. Moral hazard lurks when sophisticated investors and economic decision makers are aware that the technocrats will step in and “save the world“ when ugly economic events take place (such as a plunging stock market, or rising unemployment). 

Point #2: The real difference between Chicago and MIT macro is Chicago‘s commitment to rules over discretion. Milton Friedman‘s endorsement of a constant 3% increase in the money supply was meant to minimize the chance of hyperinflation and to make running the Fed a boring job such that investors had clear expectations of how Policy would be set. When “leaders“ have discretion with respect to how they set policy, they have more fun on the job but “uncertainty“ increases and this reduces investment. 

Point #3; Dr. Krugman also refuses to acknowledge the power of Ed Prescott‘s work on time consistency and policy. Clear rules of the game create dynamically stable rules and this fosters investment. In Dr. Krugman‘s short run focus on the business cycle, he ignores the long run growth implications caused by the activist policies that he supports. 

Point #4; In the absence of randomized trials, the MIT trained technocrats (the 5 people listed above) do not actually know what policies are effective in mitigating business cycles. If they know that they do not know how the macro economy really works, then does this affect Dr. Krugman‘s optimism that MIT has won the policy debates. His piece isn‘t that modest (or honest) about the modeling uncertainty that now exists in modern macro economics. He makes the past debates sound settled. If he attended MIT‘s current 1st year PHD macro sequence, he would see a variety of different models being worked on and taught and I bet that the policy conclusions are very sensitive to the modeling choices.” —- Matthew Kahn (Environmental and Urban Economics )

Q&A: Curt I Don’t Understand Your Criticism of Mises

Monday, July 27th, 2015


—“I’ve seen you criticize Mises and I’m not sure I’ve fully understood your critique. Would it be fair to compare your criticism to modern science’s correction of the Greeks? I’m referring to the definition of modern science as inductive reasoning based on observation (empiricism) in contrast to the Greeks’ deduction based on self-evident truth. (Intuition vs. sensory information)”—


Well, if it was easily reducible to something simple, someone would have figured this problem out before. And it wouldn’t have stumped mises, hayek, popper and dozens of others in other fields.”—


I could be lazy and point you to the series of posts on this topic:…/

Scroll down to (or search for) “REFORMING THE SCIENCES” That section covers it pretty thoroughly.

Or, I could try to make it easy for you and point you to this single post:…/mises-praxeology-as-the-f…/

Or, I could spend a little effort and tell you that a whole bunch of philosophers failed to expand the scientific method in the 19th and 20th when our means of instrumental measurement exceeded our understanding of the limits of our perceptions.

Mises is one of the philosophers who failed. In failing he created a pseudoscience. Whereas the others merely failed to understand what they had discovered.

Economics is as empirical as any other science. But just as we cannot state that a formula is existentially possible in mathematics without a proof that it can be constructed from possible mathematical operations, we cannot state that an economic statement is possible if we cannot construct it from possible human operations. Conversely, we cannot possibly deduce all of economics. Yet we can explain all of economics if we try.

Mises made a profound mistake of conflating a negative test – a form of falsification – with a positive means of discovery.

He made the error all germans did: that justification can be used in matters of science. It cannot be.

Contracts and moral arguments can be justified, but truth propositions merely survive criticism.

This is a very advanced bit of a failure of philosophy in intellectual history so it’s not trivial to grasp.

Curt Doolittle
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine.

Thoughts on RamzPaul’s Guide to the Dark Enlightenment

Monday, July 27th, 2015


(See Video:

1) The term Counter-Enlightenment was taken already. But the Dark Enlightenment is a counter-enlightenment movement. The Dark Enlightenment. (I disagree with conflating the dark ages and the middle ages. Western civic society is largely the result of the late middle ages, not dark ages.)

2) The Cathedral includes the Academy, The Media, The State, The Deep State.

3) The Religion of the Cathedral is Cultural Marxism : Having failed scientifically (Scientific Socialism), Having failed organizationally (Syndicalism), Having failed through Postmodernism (lying) AND having started with demand for access to opportunity, expanded their demands to equality of opportunity, and having expanded their demands to equality of outcome, and failing because of the empirical difference in ability between individuals, the only solution was to import vast numbers of underclass people from the third world, encourage single motherhood, destroy the family, and create dependence upon the state sufficient that the state could take control of all functions in life.

3) Red Pill : Accepting the truth of the evidence of man’s behavior and abandoning the enlightenment fallacies.

4) Inequality and Diversity: People are empirically unequal, and Diversity empirically decreases trust and increases demand for tyranny. (The reason we are unequal is largely the difference in rates of reproduction of our classes. While homo-sapiens of the various races are similar, we vary in the success at suppressing our underclass reproduction. Those who succeed have advanced societies, and those who failed have impoverished societies. The cold solved this problem for us. The underclasses are a problem. Everywhere and always.)

5) Democracy: Democracy is the worst possible system because it is dependent upon lies not reality or scientific reality, and surrenders control to the lower classes and elites who pander to them.


The purpose of the enlightenment:

0) To end the Aristocratic Rule of the Landed Monarchies, and the Landed Church.
1) To justify the middle class takeover of government (means of producing commons) from the landed aristocracy.
2) To justify the diminution of religion and religious mysticism in favor of science and reason, assisting in the middle class takeover of the government.

The Fallacy of the Enlightenment
1) That it was possible to create an aristocracy of everyone. It’s not possible because meritocracy is not in the interest of the underclasses. Parasitism is.

The Institutional Error
1) Instead of creating a new house for the middle class, and then a new house for proletarians, which would have made it possible for classes to conduct exchanges, we created a single house with majority rule and as a consequence, found that the lower classes, and women in particular had no interest in the aristocracy everyone, and instead, voted to incrementally destroy the aristocratic civilization we call ‘the west’.

Curt Doolittle
The Philosophy of Aristocracy
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine

The Destroyers of Truth and Trust

Monday, July 27th, 2015

—“That’s where the Politically Correct -shaming comes in. Making sure those that are not susceptible to lies are still brought under control by fear of social ostracism, loss of loved ones, deprivation of income and so on. The [progressives] are bastards, make even acknowledging the truth very expensive. “— James Santagata

They destroy truth to destroy trust, to create demand for authoritarianism in order to resolve conflicts, that could be resolved by truth, and as a consequence to organize society according to their will.

The Purpose of the Technologies of Truth and Falsehood.

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The purpose of that technology that we call ‘Truth’ is largely one of persuasion. The purpose of that technology we call ‘falsehood’ is largely the prevention of persuasion by imaginary, erroneous, biased, wishful, or deceitful means.

In any scale beyond the directly perceivable – meaning beyond no more than 150 people – we cannot rely upon persuasion but instead must rely upon falsification: reason not to do something.

There are few known goods. There are some known good processes.

At any scale assent is the default. Falsification by the imposition of costs not assent by majority rule.

Curt Doolittle
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine.

The Battle We Face Today: Non-Parasitic Production of Commons

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(important piece)

I know I’m not the first person to say this, but it’s pretty clear that Russia is not only the ultimate expression of postmodernism (lying), but that it evolved to this state by reforming jewish strategy, philosophy, and law: destroy the trust of the outsiders in order to create demand for authority and group cohesion, thereby creating opportunity for predation.

While the founders of Russia were disproportionately jewish, and while their secret service was disproportionately jewish, what is more important is that the jewish strategy was useful for the Mongolian/Tatar/Islamic authoritarianism that is the source of Russian political culture. Russia combines ‘white’ people, Steppe totalitarianism, and jewish deceit (propaganda) as the complete economic, social, political and martial expression of the jewish strategy: destroy the higher trust societies and create demand for authority, and create opportunity for predation.

If we go back through history and see the success of lying created through zoroastrian monotheism: jewish, it’s revolutionary reformation: christianity, and it’s counter-revolutionary authoritarianism: Islamism, then it’s modern branches in Marxism, Western Postmodernism, Russian secular judaism, and anglo progressive pseudoscience and outright lying, then

We can not only cure ourselves, but we can disarm the world: TRUTH IS ENOUGH.

The Truthful and Trusting society may not be the end of history, but social democracy is certainly not.

There are three means of production of commons:
– Truthful and Trustful (libertarian: rule of law, civic society)
– Pragmatic and Utilitarian (social democracy)
– Deceitful and Parasitic (authoritarianism)

We have focused our efforts too long on the economy. Consumer capitalism has won the battle for the production of goods and services.

We no longer fight that battle. And focusing our efforts on it is a waste of energy. We won not by arguments but by resisting the state long enough so that the logically obvious could result in the empirically demonstrable: the voluntary organization of production is the only successful technology for the production of consumer goods and services.

Instead of the battle for a voluntary economy, the battle we face today is the suppression of parasitism in central bureaucracy and the expansion of trust and thereby increase of economic velocity.

We must create the non-parasitic voluntary production of commons just as we created the non-parasitic voluntary production of goods and services.

At present there is only one way we know of by which to destroy all parasitism, increase trust, increase economic velocity, increase prosperity, ad therefore increase choices. That is universal standing under the common law, the legal prohibition of parasitism, by mutual insurance: the exchange of guarantee of defense and restitution of property-en-toto.

But we must also provide for the construction of commons by voluntary means, by changing what is currently a monopoly constructed by majority ascent into a market wherein any non-parasitic exchange between the classes, or objective of the classes can be constructed.

We succeeded in transforming humanity into the voluntary organization of production of goods and services we call consumer capitalism.

Our next mission – purely out of self defense – is to transform our government into a voluntary organization of commons.

This project is eminently possible. It will forever render the corporeal state to the dustbin of antiquity, categorically relegated to another attempt at pseudoscience for the purpose of pure power accumulation and nothing more.

We have a very simple mission then. To reform every possible constitution such that the judiciary shall prohibit all parasitism without exception. And that the provision of commons be one of adjudication of differences, not of ascent. And that the defense of the realm be the province of every man, under universal standing under the common law.

Curt Doolittle
The Philosophy of Aristocracy
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine

Apriori and Rational vs Empirical and Operational

Monday, July 27th, 2015

—“Anything that can be shown apriori can be demonstrated or translated empirically with higher confidence but not everything that is empirical can be demonstrated apriori.”— Ayelam Valentine Agaliba