Vernon Wins!!!! — Vernon Smith,

Vernon Wins!!!! — Vernon Smith, one of the very, very good guys, was just awarded the Nobel Prize “for having established laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical economic analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms”! Vernon is a Professor of Economics at GMU and a colleague of mine here at the Mercatus Center. We're all extremely excited, since Vernon, who pioneered the field of experimental economics, deserves the recognition so richly.

I'm still wiping away tears from hugging Vernon's lovely wife Candace, who is naturally immensely excited. In a flurry of enthusiasm she exclaimed, “I've got to find him! I've got to find him a kiss him, and tell him I don't love him any more! I mean, that I don't love him any more than I did before he won!!!”

Congratulations Vernon!!!

Come to the Biotech Debate!!!

Come to the Biotech Debate!!! — The great conservative vs. libertarian biotech debate is impending. And you need to be there if you want to enjoy the Sanchez/Wilkinson intellectual pyrotechnics live and in person! (And, you know, Ramesh Ponnuru and Justin Torres doing their… thing.) Got a hot date? Bring 'em! Argue after about whether you'd give your future kids a genetic IQ boost! (“Honey, it's not “disgusting” it's just sorta like a prenatal Kaplan course.”) Going to a concert instead? Don't be stupid! Julian looks like a rock star! (And if you try to give him red M&Ms, he'll throw a TV into a swimming pool.) In the unlikely event that we start losing, I'll do a striptease to distract the crowd. Lucky for you, I just trimmed my chest hair (though it remains plentiful and lush.) And moderator Judge Loren Smith is fairly dripping with Orson Welles sex appeal. So what's your excuse? Come!


Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC
(Metro: DuPont Circle, North Exit, right from elevator down Q St, left on NH, I think)


Wednesday, October 9th
7:00 drinks (that's right! Drinks!!)
7:30 dinner and discussion