Christopher Paige

Articles by Christopher Paige

Thanks to the Combination of the Fed and IP, Snow White 2024 Is a Terrible Movie

Snow White (2024) is a terrible movie. Granted, I don’t have any particular insights into the film, but economics teaches me that everyone involved in that movie believes it’s a terrible movie, and I’m willing to bet that they’d know. So, unless this movie surprises absolutely everyone involved in making it, it’s a terrible movie.
“So what?” you might ask. But this example reminds us that the Fed’s inflationary money policies destroy all values, including artistic values. Let me explain.
If anyone involved with Snow White believed that people want their celibate warrior-princess story, then why would they rely upon intellectual property that they don’t own to market their story? That’s right: Disney does not own Snow White because that fairy tale is in the public domain. They only own

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Civilian Control, Unicorns, and Other Bedtime Stories: The Military Does What It Wants

The fundamental problem with purchasing protection from the boogeyman is that it’s impossible to assess the quality of your purchase: If the boogeyman doesn’t attack, it appears your protection succeeded. If he does, it appears you needed to purchase even more. And that, dear readers, is why the military cannot be controlled by civilians or anyone else, for that matter. In the most basic sense, people without guns cannot control people with them; everything else is merely a self-deception.
Take, for example, the recent covid crisis. Imagine you are a time traveler and you have replaced Donald Trump as president, so you have the benefit of knowing everything that has happened in the last few years. Could you do anything differently? Would you? That is, imagine your military advisors tell

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It’s All about the Benjamins: Why the Dollar Determines US Policies

Imagine a hypothetical libertarian paradise (“Paradise”) that seeks only to live in peace and harmony with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the rest of the world is not as pacifistic as Paradise; indeed, it has at least a few bad guys, countries controlled by people willing to use violence to get what they want. Worse yet, our Paradise is the only country with sufficient military might to resist the world’s bad guys effectively.

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