Grandfather Marcus

Speaking of footnotes and grandfathers, I also came across this paragraph and footnote in the book I’m editing:

The report [on Mises's heavily-accented English and subdued teaching style] highlights one of the reasons why he did not produce any outstanding students during his years in Geneva. An even more important reason was the typical mindset of the students at the Institute, who were eager to obtain employment in an international organization — that is, in a government organization. It is safe to assume that such students were not especially receptive to Mises’s message. His two best-known students from these years became experts in the economics of war: Stefan Possony and Edmund Silberner.[1]

[1] Haberler later singled out J. Marcus Fleming and Alexandre Kafka. See Gottfried von Haberler, “Mises’s Private Seminar” in “Erinnerungen an das Mises-Privatseminar, Wirtschaftspolitische Bl�tter, vol. 28, no. 4 (1981), p. 123.

[links and emphasis added]

J. Marcus Fleming was my Scottish granddad. For some non-obvious reasons, he is the Marcus in BK Marcus. I have very fond memories of him. He died in 1976.

After Geneva and London, he worked for the evil International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, and was the Fleming in the Nobel Prize-winning “Fleming-Mundell Model” which you can read about here (in PDF format).

Granddad was the “Establishment Keynesian” I refer to in the About Me of this blog.

He was certainly one of those students in Geneva “who were eager to obtain employment in an international organization — that is, in a government organization.” It’s safe to assume that he was “not especially receptive to Mises’s message.”

But still, that’s only 2 degrees of separation — and through family!

When I reported this to my mother, she told me that Haberler and granddad were friends and that she’d had dinner with Haberler when she was a girl.

And yet she’d never heard of Mises before I discovered Austrian economics…

Grandfather Willcke

I came across a footnote that said Mises’s first paid editorial for the New York Times had the curious title “Grandfather Willcke” — and said nothing more about it.

I searched NYTimes.com for anything by Mises and didn’t find it. But if you search for that title, it’s right there.

(In the spring of 1942, Mises published 3 more editorials, which dealt with the logistical problems of Germany’s war effort. In 1943, he published the last 4 editorials, which dealt primarily with problems of postwar reconstruction, especially monetary problems. The Mises Institute has copies of the payslips.)

happy (one-twenty-)fourth

Four years and six score ago today, Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises was the first in his family to be born a nobleman.

For Mises’s 124th birthday, my beloved missus gave me this T-shirt. Ain’t she great?

Today also turns out to be our 4th wedding anniversary.

Wikipedia is growing on me.

First anarcho-capitalism and now Miles Davis?

Today’s featured article

Cover of Davis's album 'Kind of Blue'

Miles Davis was one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the twentieth century. Davis was a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development of jazz after the Second World War. He played on some of the important early bebop records, the first cool jazz records were recorded under his name, he was largely responsible for the development of modal jazz, and jazz fusion arose from Davis’s bands of the late sixties and early seventies and the musicians who worked with him. Davis was in a line of jazz trumpeters that started with Buddy Bolden and ran through Joe “King” Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie. Many of the major figures in postwar jazz played in one of Davis’s groups at some point in their career. Some authorities consider Davis to have been the first person really to understand the difference between live and recorded music.

househusband updates

Now that I’m a big celebrity, I feel a certain responsibility to my fans, especially those of you who follow my endorsements, recipes, and general advice.

househusband update #1: cleaning toilets

In my second LRC article “House Husbandry” I wrote the following:

My favorite cleaning products:

1. Swiffer Duster

2. Swiffer WetJet

3. Clorox ToiletWand — “No more dirty brush!”

They store easily, work extremely well, and I take satisfaction in throwing away the dirty end afterward.

I must withdraw my endorsement of the Clorox TioletWand. While it’s definitely better than the traditional toilet brush, I didn’t like the fact that I had to throw away the dirty end — I’d rather just flush it.


Now take a moment to remove the preceding images from your mind before I move onto …

househusband update #2: wrapped chicken

One of our favorite home-cooked meals this past year has been stuffed chicken breast. I brine the breasts, butterfly-cut them before they’re fully thawed, stuff with baby spinach, mozzarella, and prosciutto, wrap in butcher’s string, and bake.

Three problems:

  1. I overbrine;
  2. butterflying and tying are kind of a pain in the ass;
  3. untying is yet more hassle and also quite messy.

The solution to problem #1 is to let the chicken breasts thaw in cooking wine instead of home-made brine. In Pennsylvania you have to buy wine at a state store. Fascisti. Cooking wine you can buy in any supermarket or grocers. To keep you away from the temptation to drink the cooking wine, it turns out that they salt the hell out of it. It’s important to keep this in mind if you’re ever stuck with only cooking wine — tone down any other salt there might be in your recipe! I prefer to cook with real wine, but it occurred to me that salty cooking wine might be just the thing to soak the chicken in before baking.

(By the way, I’ve been buying chicken breasts about the size of my hand, but recently I found a different brand that must use the Dolly Parton of poultry! Bigger breasts turn out to make moister and more delicious meals.)

The solution to problems #2 and #3 is to wrap the prosciutto around the chicken rather than vice versa. I end up using twice as much spinach and twice as much prosciutto, and I can pin the whole thing down with toothpicks rather than tying it up with butcher’s string. The toothpicks come out easily when the whole thing is baked, and the prosciutto is nice and crispy. Much easier to make, and more delicious.

Gregory's Law

“As an online discussion commences, the probability of someone invoking ‘Godwin’s Law’ approaches certainty. Whoever invokes this ludicrous ‘law’ must concede his error in doing so, forfeit the argument, and walk away in shameful defeat.”

– Anthony Gregory, “Against Godwin’s Law”, LRC blog


Followup from IM:
Anthony Gregory (12:54:05 PM): There have been times, however, that I didn’t invoke Hitler since I thought it would be an ineffective tactic, even though it was a logically sound point to make.

bkmarcus (12:54:12 PM): I’m going to end up quoting you on my blog so much that people will think I’m applying for a job or something.

Gregory’s Law

“As an online discussion commences, the probability of someone invoking ‘Godwin’s Law’ approaches certainty. Whoever invokes this ludicrous ‘law’ must concede his error in doing so, forfeit the argument, and walk away in shameful defeat.”

– Anthony Gregory, “Against Godwin’s Law”, LRC blog


Followup from IM:
Anthony Gregory (12:54:05 PM): There have been times, however, that I didn’t invoke Hitler since I thought it would be an ineffective tactic, even though it was a logically sound point to make.

bkmarcus (12:54:12 PM): I’m going to end up quoting you on my blog so much that people will think I’m applying for a job or something.

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