Why the Focus on Assault Rifles?

Unfortunately, in the wake of the Vegas shooting, the topic of gun control has come up again. My views on gun control are nuanced, and typically receive criticism from all sides (I’ll likely cover this in a later post). What I want to do with this post is point out an example of how human […]

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Trying not to Rationalize (a Continuation of Animal Rights)

When I was writing my post on animal rights last week, I was tempted to say something along the lines of “well, animals don’t have rights, because rights are based on reciprocity, and animals inherently can’t reciprocate rights (with maybe minor exceptions like dogs)”. But in thinking this, I was reminded of a phenomenon, originally […]

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Is Healthcare a Right?

I was perusing Greg Mankiw’s blog this morning, when I found a link to a longer piece he has on healthcare. As far as the economics goes, I think this piece is well thought out, though I would personally word a few passages differently. Strangely though, Greg has a section titled “Healthcare as a Right” […]

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Joe Rogan’s Red Herring on Hunting

Sorry for the break last week. Finding things to write about is difficult, and finding the motivation to write about them is even more difficult. This week, I want to focus on “rights”. More specifically, who has them. Joe Rogan recently had Cameron Hanes on his podcast. For those who don’t know, Joe Rogan is […]

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My Thoughts On Libertarianism

As with most philosophical/economically-oriented blogs, the question of political preferences quickly comes up. I’ll start right out of the gate saying that I don’t like labels, I try and listen to what I think is true. But I also recognize that that’s just a lie I tell myself to make myself feel neutral and intellectual, […]

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The Comparative Advantage of Humans

Suppose that a scientist invents an artificial intelligence. This AI is so advanced, it’s literally better than any human at anything. It’s more creative, more intelligent, learns faster, more relatable. In fact, it’s so advanced that it spends a few days assembling the resources to make itself a body, which is many times more resilient, […]

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Lecture by Robin Hanson on His New Book

I’m feeling lazy today. So here is a lecture by Robin Hanson that you should check out: I’ve been anticipating Robin’s book since he announced it on his blog. The gist is that humans tend to give explanations for many of their behaviors which have nothing to do with the real reasons for why they […]

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Price Gouging Let’s Your Grandmother Live

As many in the US know, hurricane Harvey hit the southeast pretty bad, with particularly devastating effects around the Houston population center. And with it, comes a lot of blow-back against “price gouging”, where sellers drastically raise the price of certain goods in response to a significant increase in their demand. This issue has been […]

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Why Property?

This is a very long topic, probably in need of a book. But I want to sketch out the basic intuition here. And I’ll do it with the famously infallible analogy. Suppose there is a village in the middle of the Sahara. This village sits next to an oasis. As you can imagine, the oasis […]

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I Believe Introductions are in Order

I’ve recently finished the maximal amount of time I’m willing to spend in school. Thus, I’ve been fairly bored as of late. So I thought, “why not start a blog?” First off, let’s go over the name of this blog. My name is indeed Denver, from the Old English dena fær (dane fjord), indicating a […]

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