Ignore What?

If you’re here, it’s likely that you’re reading this out of some sense of duty, or something, because I sent you the link to my blog and begged you to read it.

So, uh, thanks.

Thanks for reading, thanks for being here.

Thanks for… thanks.

I don’t know, yet, what this blog will look like. I imagine I’ll take cues from other economics blogs I like and post links to articles and studies and news and tidbits from around the web every now and again. I intend to write and publish original content, as well, but how often… well, who knows?

This isn’t just a blog about economics, though. Mostly, but not completely. I imagine that sometimes I will post the threads of thought which I occasionally grasp as I stare into space while I work at my day job. I used to post those to Facebook, but since I gave up social media back in September 2018 I have taken to writing them on scraps of paper and carrying them around in my shirt pocket.

Facebook. There’s another thing. Michael Huemer, when he started his blog, supplemented his content with past posts from his Facebook account. Unlike Mike (with whom I’m definitely not on a first-name basis), I’ve never systematically used my Facebook account as an outlet for communicating deep philosophical or economic insights. There are a few things I’m proud of, though, that I’ll port over before eventually deleting myself from the Zuckersphere.

Important for any reader of this blog to know is that I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that fact is bound to come up in my writing, economic and otherwise. Among the lines of thought I’ve been known to follow while staring into space are lengthy syllogisms demonstrating the epistemic necessity of the existence of God to the very act of making an argument, and the many, many ways in which Latter-day Saint theology coincides with a philosophy of individual liberty.

Which reminds me: I’m a libertarian, something that is informed by my reading of history, economics, political science, and, yes, my religion. That will definitely come up in my writing.

But I’d like my main focus to be on economic issues. That is, after all, my intellectual passion.

Finally, a quote I liked from a book I enjoyed:

“When I argue for markets I am rejecting one-size-fits-all solutions to perceived problems. I am rejecting centralized, expert rule because experts never have the information, knowledge, ability, or incentives to know what ought to be done. Rejecting experts means accepting the amazingly complex systems of human interaction.”
Randy T. Simmons, Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure