Advocates of Reason: 16 April 2012

Man has only one tool to fight error: reason

Ludwig von Mises

1.  Jacob Roundtree comments on the debate regarding voluntary slavery contracts.  He is absolutely right (and I was absolutely wrong).  Voluntary slave contracts are not possible, because it denies the employer a crucial aspect of a slave-master relationship: the latter’s ability to use force to coerce the former (a distinction Mattheus von Guttenberg makes).  Jacob’s entire post is well worth reading.

2.  Robert Wenzel reviews Ralph Raico’s Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School.  This is definitely one of the books I am hoping to acquire soon (provided I generate some extra income) and read during the two months I will be in Spain this summer.  Unfortunately, a lot of my current reading time is taken up by John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, which I have to review for my “Law and the Political System” class.

3.  This is not a link, but I am excited for this week’s two Champions League matches: Real Madrid v. Bayern Munich and Barcelona v. Chelsea.  Like I said in an earlier post, I predict a Madrid v. Barcelona final (although, I could see how any of the four teams may manage to pass through to the final match it is just that Real Madrid and Barcelona are, by far, the two best football teams at this moment in time).  Also, Atlético de Madrid (my team) will playing Valencia in the first leg of one of two Europa League semifinals.  Fortunately, my last midterm is today, so I will have time to watch the three games.

4.  Here is a review of Carl Wennerlind’s Causalities of Credit.  The book is a history of the financial evolution of money in Britain during the 17th and early 18th centuries.

5.  Tupac, dead since 1996, returned to the stage in the form of a hologram at Coachella.  There were mixed receptions.

6.  Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi respond to their critics, over at this month’s Cato-Unbound debate on libertarianism and social justice.  I have not yet read it, but I have read all the other entries, and the debate is incredibly interesting and enlightening.