Dr. Mark Pingle’s articles

Observations of Our Current Economic Climate

March 13, 2017
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Observations of Our Current Economic Climate

By Dr. Mark Pingle, Professor of Economics, University of Nevada Reno Editorial Note: This article is in response to a social media post criticizing President Trump for taking credit for the Obama economy, I will make a couple of comments. First, in each recession prior to the 2008-2009 recession including the Great Depression, where economic…

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Illegal Legalizing of Illegal Aliens

December 5, 2014
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Illegal Legalizing of Illegal Aliens

Dr. Mark responds to the White House justification for the unilateral Executive Order on Amnesty: The Justification: THE WHITE House has defended President Obama’s unilateral decision to legalize the presence of nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants as consistent, even in scope, with the executive actions of previous presidents. In fact, it is increasingly clear that…

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The Tea Party Myth – Straw Men in Conservative Costumes

December 2, 2014
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The Tea Party Myth – Straw Men in Conservative Costumes

Dr. Pingle is a professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is more than a professor, in that his teaching goes beyond the classroom into the community and beyond. He is a mentor for entrepreneurial programs in the community and involved in church life, The Hayek Group, economic clubs both at the…

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The Law

June 12, 2014
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     If you value freedom, The Law, written in 1850 by Fredric Bastiat, is one of the best books you’ll ever read.  You can pull up its 70 pages on the Internet for free, and once you start reading you likely will not want to quit.    In The Law, Bastiat explains the proper role…

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Equality American Style

March 9, 2014
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Equality American Style

By Dr. Mark Pingle Of all the words in the Declaration of Independence, the most famous are these: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” When Thomas…

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Mr. Seidman, Let’s Keep the Constitution

January 5, 2013
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On December 30, 2012, Georgetown University law professor Louis Seidman published an opinion in the New York Times entitled, “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution.”  No, Mr. Seidman, let’s not. While the mindset of Mr. Seidman is destructive and most of his logic nonsensical, I appreciate the willingness of this thinker to express himself so…

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How Obama Got Reelected

December 7, 2012
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I had started to write a post on identity and the election, but my end of semester busy-ness kept me from finishing it.  The following, by Norm Robins, provides an understanding of how the concept of identity influences us, and probably did influence the election. How Obama Got Reelected By Norm Robins I like a…

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Is There Anyone Out There Who Can Help Me?

November 21, 2012
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Check out this article, in which Norm Robbins colorfully highlights some issues related to the fiscal cliff.  Sincerely, Mark Pingle Is There Anyone Out There Who Can Help Me? By Norm Robins   The only Zen Buddhist joke I know goes like this:  A young Zen monk is walking near a cliff reading a book. …

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Bourgeoisie Dignity and Liberty: Or, Why I will Vote for Mitt Romney, Not Barack Obama

November 5, 2012
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Tomorrow, I will cast my vote for Mitt Romney.  There are big reasons and small reasons.  The primary reason is, more so than Barack Obama, Mitt Romney stands for what has brought civilization and prosperity to the masses.   In one of the more interesting books I have read, Bourgeois Dignity, Deirdre McCloskey makes an…

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Individualism, Collectivism, and the Tragedy of the Commons

October 30, 2012
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    One of the most important ideas in economics is the “Tragedy of the Commons” idea.  The name derives from medieval times, and the practice of providing a common grazing area which many herdsmen could freely access.    Because an individual herder receives all the benefit from using the grazing area, while the other users share…

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