"The democratic state’s true ‘will’ is a product of compromise, a nebulous common denominator of everyone’s ephemeral and conflicting interests, as interpreted by fallible elected politicians and honest and dishonest professional bureaucrats" 


- José Osvaldo de Meira Penna Meira Penna in O dinossauro

Research

My academic exploration involves delving into the intellectual legacies of economists and political philosophers, such as Hayek, Lerner, Lange, Mises, List, and Locke. I'm equally intrigued by the intricate dynamics of human behavior within diverse institutional settings. This curiosity drives me to study both structured socialist economies and the enduring influences of past spontaneous institutions on our contemporary world.

Research Articles

Not-So-Spontaneous Socialization Outcomes of Spontaneous Family Structures

COSMOS + TAXIS

🕰️ 2023

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The King’s Gambit: Rationalizing the Fall of the Templars

RATIONALITY AND SOCIETY

🕰️ 2023

👥 with Marcus Shera                                                                                                             Download

Power to the People? Lobbying for Labor rights in Brazil’s National Constituent Assembly

THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW

🕰️ 2023

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The Political Thought of José Osvaldo de Meira Penna

JOURNAL OF LIBERTARIAN STUDIES

🕰️ 2023

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The Wisdom of Classical Political Economy in Economics: Incorporated or Lost?

THE REVIEW OF AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS

🕰️ 2023

👥 with Daniel J Smith                                                                                                            Download

Friedrich List’s Critique of the Methuen Treaty

IBERIAN JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT

🕰️ 2022

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Work in Progress