Tonterías selectas


¿Adiós al campesinado?, de Esther Vivas

¿Viva el decrecimiento?, de Vicenç Navarro

Otra visión de la crisis; otra política económica, de Fernando Luengo

La banalidad del mal, de Augusto Klappenbach

Noam Chomsky: The Kind of Anarchism I Believe in, and What’s Wrong with Libertarians

… what’s called libertarian in the United States, which is a special U. S. phenomenon, it doesn’t really exist anywhere else — a little bit in England — permits a very high level of authority and domination but in the hands of private power:  so private power should be unleashed to do whatever it likes.  The assumption is that by some kind of magic, concentrated private power will lead to a more free and just society.  Actually that has been believed in the past.  Adam Smith for example, one of his main arguments for markets was the claim that under conditions of perfect liberty, markets would lead to perfect equality.

… that kind of libertarianism, in my view, in the current world, is just a call for some of the worst kinds of tyranny, namely unaccountable private tyranny.  Anarchism is quite different from that.  It calls for an elimination to tyranny, all kinds of tyranny.  Including the kind of tyranny that’s internal to private power concentrations.  So why should we prefer it?  Well I think because freedom is better than subordination.  It’s better to be free than to be a slave.  It’s better to be able to make your own decisions than to have someone else make decisions and force you to observe them.  I mean, I don’t think you really need an argument for that.  It seems like … transparent.

The thing you need an argument for, and should give an argument for, is, How can we best proceed in that direction?  And there are lots of ways within the current society.  One way, incidentally,  is through use of the state, to the extent that it is democratically controlled.  I mean in the long run, anarchists would like to see the state eliminated.  But it exists, alongside of private power, and the state is, at least to a certain extent, under public influence and control — could be much more so.  And it provides devices to constrain the much more dangerous forces of private power.  Rules for safety and health in the workplace for example.  Or insuring  that people have decent health care, let’s say.  Many other things like that.  They’re not going to come about through private power.  Quite the contrary.  But they can come about through the use of the state system under limited democratic control … to carry forward reformist measures.  I think those are fine things to do.

… commercial advertising is fundamentally an effort to undermine markets.  We should recognize that.  If you’ve taken an economics course, you know that markets are supposed to be based on informed consumers making rational choices.  You take a look at the first ad you see on television and ask yourself … is that its purpose?  No it’s not.  It’s to create uninformed consumers making irrational choices.



Las cajas eran banca pública, de Juan Ramón Rallo

Extraña rendición ante el mercado libre, de Carlos Rodríguez Braun

Up To A Point: My Problem With People Who Agree With Me, by P. J. O’Rourke

The Moral Case for Self-Driving Cars, by Ronald Bailey

Vandana Shiva Is One of the World’s Worst People, by Ronald Bailey

Tonterías selectas


El poder popular en Venezuela, de Lidia Falcón

Dinero positivo, de Carlos Fresneda

Lo que los ministros de Economía españoles nunca hubieran dicho, de Vicenç Navarro

El ultraliberalismo que ya ha sucumbido ante el cambio climático, de José M. de la Viña

¿Por qué el desempleo es tan elevado?, de Vicenç Navarro

Tonterías selectas


No es país para pobres, de José Antonio Nieto, de EconoNuestra

Coraje para arremeter con los débiles, de Miguel Ángel Aguilar

Señor Juncker: queremos otra Europa, de Ramón Jáuregui y Javier de la Puerta

¿A quién beneficia la privatización de AENA?, de Rafael Simancas

Si yo fuera ateo, de Paco Segarra



Capitalismo cultural, de Juan Ramón Rallo

Una fiscalidad no balanceada, de Juan Ramón Rallo

Dude, Where’s My Frontal Cortex?, by Robert Sapolsky

Los bancos, ante la prueba más dura, de Daniel Lacalle

How Germany fought human trafficking by empowering sex workers

Tonterías selectas


España persevera; Europa, también, de José M. de la Viña

‘El orden mundial es caníbal, absurdo y mortífero’, según Jean Ziegler, vicepresidente del Comité Asesor del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU

Cómo disminuir las desigualdades y salir de las crisis, de Vicenç Navarro

Rosa María Calaf critica la ‘actual deriva’ de los servicios públicos, incluida RTVE

Esos economistas correveidile, de Juan Laborda



Hayek no defendió la renta básica universal, de Juan Ramón Rallo

Punishing Prostitution Clients Is Not a Feminist Solution

Let Market Forces Play a Greater Role, by George Selgin

Estado padrino, de Carlos Rodríguez Braun

Leyendo a Piketty: r>g, de Juan Ramón Rallo