Stocking Stuffers from NetNet
Senior Editor, CNBC.com
It's just about time for NetNet to hit the eggnog, as instructed by President Obama himself.
Here are some links to get you through the holidays.
A visit from Saint Nicholas in the Ernest Hemingway manner (from 1HeckofaGuy). Originally published in the New Yorker in 1927, James Thurber's parody mashup of Hemingway and The Night Before Christmas.
I want to be a consumer (from Mises.org). Another oldie, this time from Punch in 1932. A brilliant pre-emptive strike against demand-side economics.
How Economics Saved Christmas (from Forbes.com). The Grinch learns about property rights. One question:what would Coase say?
Fairytale of New York (YouTube video) The classic from the Pogues and Christy McCall. (Needless to say, but we'll say it: NSFW)
Is Christmas Inefficient? (from Mises.org) Jeff Tucker explains that economists who think of gifts as inefficient are really missing out on supply side of giving.
Pro-Tip: Throw Out Your Christmas Lights With The Tree (from Mises.org) Jeff Tucker again. Points out that stripping off the $2 string of lights isn't worth the labor it takes.
All I Want For Christmas Is You, performed by My Chemical Romance (YouTube video) The antidote to Mariah Carey.
The Economics of Santa's Workshop (from Mises.org). Michael Levin's 1996 classic explains why Toyland can only succeed because its autocracy is surrounded by free markets.
Christmas Movies and Bad Economics (from Mises.org) Another Levin classic, this time attacking both "Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's A Wonderful Life."
Jingle Bells: A Very Different Kind of Opening Bell (from DealBreaker.com) My review of some of the best of the Free Market's Christmas Issue piece, from The Case ForE beneezer to The Economics of Bethlehem.
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