April 18, 2014

Guerrilla Economics Blog

I Can See for Miles and Miles

You took advantage of my trust in you when I was so far away.  I saw you holding lots of other guys and now you've got the nerve to say, that you still want me. Well, that's as may be, but you gotta stand trial, because all the while. I can see for miles and miles. I can see for miles and miles. I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles. So sang Roger Daltrey in the 1967 song that remains the Who’s biggest selling single to date. Last month, the political blogosphere was … [Read more...]


One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do. Two can be as bad as one, it's the loneliest number since the number one.  Three Dog Night was correct in saying that two can be as bad as one in the 1969 song written by Harry Nilsson. A recent report card by the Mercatus Center graded the quality and use of federal regulatory analysis across 148 different regulations promulgated since 2008, using a scale from zero to 30 (with a rating of 30 indicating that a truly sound analysis was … [Read more...]

From Russia With Love

To Russia I flew, but there and then I suddenly knew you'd care again. My running around is through. I fly to you, from Russia with love.  So goes the title track to the James Bond film From Russia With Love.  This song was recorded by Matt Monro, known as the Man With the Golden Voice, in 1963 at the height of the Cold War.  Now 50 years later, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin decided that it was a great time to restart the Cold War as he began to re-invade Eastern Europe. Often when I see … [Read more...]

This Land Is Your Land

As I went walking I saw a sign there, and on the sign it said "No Trespassing." But on the other side it didn't say nothing. That side was made for you and me.  In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people.  By the relief office I seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, is this land made for you and me?  We all know the first verse of the 1940 Woody Guthrie folk song, but few realize that it was a protest song, written as a critical response to Irving Berlin's God Bless … [Read more...]

Happily Ever After: An Economist’s Perspective on Storytelling


“Tell me a happy end­ing story. Is there a happy end­ing story? Is there, is there? Tell me a happy end­ing story. Oh tell me the story.” So sang Court­ney Love on the bonus track to the 2010 album Nobody’s Daugh­ter, the fourth and final stu­dio album by the band Hole. Ms. Love did not have a par­tic­u­larly happy story, hav­ing been addicted to drugs for most of her adult life, but claims to have been sober since 2007, so maybe will have a happy end­ing to her own story. Sto­ries are an … [Read more...]