By Brandon Mitchell In the previous two articles, we’ve covered why incoherence and unintuitive set self membership led to the search for another method of grounding the Zermelo-Fraenkel axioms of set theory. We discussed how the iterative conception is perhaps a more straightforward way of understanding the universe of sets and how Pairing and the […]Read more "To Infinity and Beyond with the Iterative Conception"
By Brandon Mitchell Picking up where we left off in part one, we’ve come to the conclusion that the naïve conception, borne of the idea that the universe of sets can be defined by simply stating for any predicate that there is a set of things which do and a set of things which do […]Read more "Iterating a Concept of Sets – Part II"
‘Political economists say that capital sets towards the most profitable trades, and that it rapidly leaves the less profitable and non-paying trades. But in ordinary countries this is a slow process, and some persons who want to have an ocular demonstration of abstract truths have been inclined to doubt it because they could not see […]Read more "On Lombard Street – Part II"
‘But I maintain that the Money Market is as concrete and real as anything else; that it can be described in plain words; that it is the writer’s fault if what he says is not clear.’ ‘The briefest and truest way of describing Lombard Street is to say that it is by far the greatest […]Read more "On Lombard Street – Part I"
By Brandon Mitchell Alex Estorick, an intern at ConservativeHome, has commented on top end marginal tax rates and an old New Zealand Labour party proposal to cap the amount of income tax any given individual was expected to pay. It was difficult not to notice a slight mismatch between the rationale for supporting such a […]Read more "Capping Taxes or Capping Revenue?"
By Brandon Mitchell Annette Poulson has written a survey of literature on how corporations choose to finance. The following are some comments on that essay. We are all familiar with the variety of motivations for taking on personal debt whether it be to facilitate consumption (credit cards) or to leverage cash flow for investment (home […]Read more "On Corporate Financing"
What is money? People encounter so many different measures of money supply, with esoteric designations like M0, MB, M1, M2, M3, and MZM, that difficulty inevitably arises when trying to understand just what exactly constitutes this ubiquitous, yet ill-defined facet of life. When considering such a question as ‘what makes something what it is,’ functional […]Read more "A Primer On Money – Part I"
All these evils caused by the depreciation of the money in circulation are most afflicting; but there is another evil, far more deadly, that this depreciation has engendered and which will spread more and more: that is, the moral depravity of the population and abandon of every principle of equity. Truly, the discredit of the […]Read more "Money and Morality"
Representatives Pancrazi, Farley, Saldate, Tovar, Ableser, Alston, Crandell, Jones, McCune, Davis and Pratt have decided that Arizona needs a new organization which they would like to call the Joint Legislative Study Committee on Farm-to-School Programs. It will be the purposes of this organization, they propose, to engage in all of the following four activities: Evaluate […]Read more "On Arizona House Bill 2822"
There are incidents in history that can inform our present outlook. I would like to suggest that in the context of American politics the following is one. There is an account of the American Civil War that begins roughly as follows: The American south feared for their way of life, so they took steps to […]Read more "Policy and Federal Unity"