The Revolution is Four Years Old!

by on August 21, 2007 at 7:21 am in Current Affairs, Economics, Food and Drink, Web/Tech | Permalink

Marginal Revolution is four years old today (at 3:07 pm EST precisely)!  It all began with The Lunar Men and since then we posted something new every day for four years.  In total we have had over 6000 posts, about 4.4 posts on average per day and we are closing in on 10 million visits.  If you were to print all of MR for the last four years it would take well over thirty two thousand pages.  I’d like to tell you how many pages exactly but Word can’t count beyond 32,768.

You, our readers, have made Marginal Revolution one of the most widely read blogs in the world. 
Thanks!  We would like to know you better.  So in the comments please feel free to say happy birthday especially if you are a long time reader who has never commented before.  How long have you been reading MR?  What’s your favorite post?   Do you live in some exotic locale?  Viva la revolution!

1 Ted August 21, 2007 at 7:54 am

Happy birthday! I’ve been reading y’all since Virginia Postrel recommended your site. Slim and I had our first Tyler-Cowen-in-a-restaurant sighting this Sunday, and I haven’t had solid food since.

2 Linda August 21, 2007 at 7:59 am

Happy birthday! I found this blog via a book review by Tyler on Slate a couple of years ago.
My knowledge of economics is not terribly sophisticated, but I’ve really
learned a lot here, postings are consistently entertaining and
thought-provoking. Keep up the great work!

3 Casey August 21, 2007 at 8:14 am

Happy Birthday…long time reader, first time commenter. It really is difficult to say what my favorite posts are. I really enjoy “My Favorite things…” and “Markets in everything…”. The site really challenges my world view, and it is one of my favorite sites to visit. My “Economic literacy…” for lack of a better term is at a significantly higher level, and I believe both Alex and Tyler deserve credit for writing engaging articles which make me excited every time I refresh my browser…

4 Gary Karr August 21, 2007 at 8:20 am

For purely selfish reasons, I should add that my favorite post is this one:

5 Trevor H. August 21, 2007 at 8:36 am

Happy birthday, I’ve been reading the blog since probably early 2005. As I recall I followed a link from either a Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams op-ed. From your site I’ve caught on to Kling & Caplan as well as McArdle thank you very much. Exotic locale? Does Houston count? Favorite post is impossible, it’s the consistent high quality that keeps me coming back.

6 nick August 21, 2007 at 8:52 am

I’ve been reading daily for a couple of years & always find something interesting to agree/disagree with, or something new to learn/consider. Many happy marginal returns!
From vanilla London currently working in exotic Bangalore

7 Lucie August 21, 2007 at 8:55 am

Congrats! I am from the Czech Republic and got adddicted to this blog 3 years ago; that’s when I bought my first notebook and ceased depend on the computer lab at my college where I would always skim my e-mails and print some stuff but not much more. I was a student of economics then, so I presume I found a link in some econ article but I don’t remember any details. I read MR every day. In fact, it is one of the first pages I open. You are also in my RSS feed that is displayed on my homepage. What I like most? Hm, hard to tell. I really appreciate the variety; you draw my attention to many things that I instinctively want to know but that I wouldn’t have encountered without you (or with some time-consuming research). At gunpoint: I adore Markets in everything. Keep up the good work!

8 mike August 21, 2007 at 9:13 am

wow, happy birthday to the best blog in the world. I’ve been reading for about three years and this is the reason I started reading blogs altogether. Thanks for maximizing my utility.

9 Diogo August 21, 2007 at 9:38 am

Happy Birthday! I am from Brazil, living in our capital Brasilia, and I’ve been a loyal reader for the past two and a half years. Your work is terrific and yours is the first website I read in the morning.

Favorite post? Maybe the one on how to read Thomas Pynchon, but who knows? There were so many superb posts all these years.


10 Macneil August 21, 2007 at 9:45 am

Yay! Happy birthday!

My Marginal Revolution claim to fame is starting the Wikipedia page for it, over two years ago.

My favorite post is Tabarrok’s where he says a massage therapist told him he was a “giving person” and, when he tells her he’s an economist, she changes her mind!

11 Venu August 21, 2007 at 9:53 am

Happy Birthday! This is the one blog I have been reading consistently for nearly 2 years now.

12 Jose August 21, 2007 at 10:04 am

Desde México, ¡muchas felicidades! … Loyal reader for the past 8 or 9 months

13 Larry August 21, 2007 at 10:20 am

I’ve been reading for a couple of years. I think I found you from a link at The Volokh Conspiracy. My favorite posts are the ones about dating and marriage. Tyler should write a book about this topic. He provides a unique perspective on the subject. Some of the commenters to these threads show great insight as well.

14 Stan August 21, 2007 at 10:28 am

Congratulations. I’ve been reading this blog religiously for about a year and a half, and I must say you have mastered the blog format. DYIE is amazing, and I’ve been considering George Mason for a Phd solely because of the potential interesting conversations. Viva la revolution!

15 Timothy August 21, 2007 at 10:57 am

Happy Birthday, gents and blog!

I’ve been reading MR since sometime near the beginning, commented off and on since commenting has been allowed, and am quite pleased that it is still consistently interesting. I have come to love the Markets in Everything series, as well as Alex’s posts on FDA issues. I often find Tyler’s posts very informative in an idiosyncratic sort of way while Alex’s posts seem to cut right to the heart of the issue at hand. I think the two of you have quite different styles and interests, which is a large part of what keeps MR on the top of my reading list. Good work, guys, and congratulations on your success.

16 Parke August 21, 2007 at 11:08 am

Congratulations. MR is the economics weblog I read most, but it is fascinating in many fields beyond economics. Wasn’t it at MR that the author contemplated what he would do differently in life if he had only a short time to live (more travel), or a long time left to live (more travel), and promptly bought a plane ticket to Peru? If I remember that correctly, that’s my favorite post. After reading loyally throughout 2005, I once stopped reading for a whole year in a huff of disagreement (Does anybody else think Tyler and Alex have a blind spot for the shortcomings of consumerism, automobiles, and suburbs?). Then, when I re-started, it continued to be so fascinating that I decided it didn’t matter much whether I agreed with everything. I’m back to reading nearly daily. Happy Birthday!

17 Naadir Jeewa August 21, 2007 at 11:33 am

Happay Birthday!
I’ve always enjoyed the Trudie posts. It satisfies both my desires for trash and intellectual stimulation.

18 Matt August 21, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Happy Birthday MR!

Have been reading the blog for two years now. Keep the discussion flowing. And most importantly, Tyler, thanks for changing the way I eat.

19 Kat August 21, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Happy birthday! I’ve been reading MR regularly for about a year, though I’m generally a lurker.

I’m a 2L at GMU Law; I found MR when I was looking to see what sort of things the profs were writing. (I expect I’ll run into one of you at some point!)

My favorite posts are the ones that make an argument I’ve never seen before, and the ones that point me to good books.

20 Corey August 21, 2007 at 12:27 pm

I have been reading since day 1, and have rarely commented. I hail from the far flung locale of Brookland, DC. I have enjoyed reading this blog, and am a big fan of the restaurant guide. Tyler has never steered me wrong there. I think Alex doesn’t get enough credit on this blog. His posts are often just as interesting as Tyler’s.

21 Daniel Klein August 21, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Way to go, congratulations!

22 Andrés August 21, 2007 at 1:20 pm


What I like most about MR is the combination of Tyler’s vast knowledge of culture (and food, more recipies!) with economics, a consistently stimulating, as are Alex’s posts on the more exotic aspects of the criminal justice system, to cite just one example. Having started blogging soon after MR, it’s been one of my greates sources of inspiration (and material!).

23 Ryan August 21, 2007 at 2:15 pm

I’ve been reading regularly for about a year now. I love the posts Tyler and Alex, they’re always interesting and insightful. Thanks!

24 John Pertz August 21, 2007 at 2:48 pm

I stumbled across the GMU blogs when one of my decidedly non-free market economics profs declared that GMU was the best free market economics department in the world. I knew I had to check it out as I was dieing to hear a more pro-market view , in light of the tremendous amount of borderline neo-marxist scholarship that I was being exposed to. However, marginalrevolution is special to me because it combines world class economics discussion with so so so much more. In terms of quality and breadth of content this is as good as it gets in the blogosphere. Congrats on getting to the four year mark and cheers to all those who spread the word about this place.

25 S.Neelakantan August 21, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Felicitations for being one of the most widely read blogs.
I am a retired economics teacher living in a remote hamlet in Tamilnadu in South India with a slow dialup internet connection. I prefer to wait patiently to get your blog in my browser. I am amused, shocked, unnerved, stimulated and am cetainly better informed by reading the contents. I am able to get a better, and broader perspective on many issues.

26 Toni Heinonen August 21, 2007 at 3:37 pm

I’m a long-time reader and a libertarian fan from Finland. My favorite moment was when I ordered an autographed version of Tyler’s In praise of commercial culture and he wrote (to the book cover) that we have the best russian restaurants in Finland. What a faux pas.

27 Ryan Grubbs August 21, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Been a steady reader for several years now. Bookmark shows me adding your site at the beginning of 2005.
The only blog out there that i go out of my way to get others to read. I pass along links in email to friends and such, and this was the one that generated the most responses back. Head nod to gmail for making the search part easy.

this was also pretty popular

Keep up the great work and many thanks.

28 DBH August 21, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Congratulation on your longevity and popularity. I have been reading MR for three years and have profited the content. My favorite things MR:

* The recommended books are (almost always) excellent. Your suggestion to cut bait on poor reads has also been additive.
* The comments are superb with less than normal distractive garbage.
* Although I have chosen the CEO route to fame and fortune, I am a closet wanna-be academic. Your site feeds my need.
* The way in which AT and TC dissect issues is exemplary. Although I sometimes disagree with your positions, I always learn from the way you think.
* The cast of characters at MR are long tail intellectuals. I like the deep cognitive content.
* The “best sentence I read today” is usually fascinating.

Truly hope you choose to continue your tour de force of information and opinion.

29 lice August 21, 2007 at 7:53 pm

It’s funny to see what global warming denialists you guys were back in 2003! Every fourth post is on the subject.

30 Ben Andrews August 21, 2007 at 9:07 pm

You guys are great. I have been a long time reader and it is because of the wide variety of topics and did I mention travel and food! A special thanks to Tyler.

Many Thanks for enriching my life and stimulating my brain.

31 TS August 21, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Keep on bloggin in the free world

32 David Tufte August 22, 2007 at 1:09 am

I’m glowing – I clicked on that first post (Lunar Men) and the only trackback or comment is from me.

I added it much later though – almost 2 years after the original post. (To be honest, I didn’t even know I’d trackbacked to the first MR post at the time.)

I’ve been reading MR since a piece in the WSJ mentioned around Christmas 2003 – I’d tried blogging in 2001, but gave up when I couldn’t figure out how it would benefit me professionally. That article was a wake-up call showing that people were getting something out of what other economists were writing.

33 neelakantan August 22, 2007 at 5:47 am

Marginal revolution was one of the earliest blog I read. I like your approach to some of the topics and often link to your blog. Thanks for creating a revolution, however marginal…

34 dsVasques August 22, 2007 at 8:30 am

Congratulations Alex and Tyler. I’ve been reading your blog since February 2004. I remember the very first post, forwarded by a friend, “The Economics of Orgasm” (

Although there is no free lunch, there is indeed an excellent free blog on economics.

By the way, I am also Daniel and also from Brazil, as the guy that commented above.

35 Harro Haberbeck August 22, 2007 at 11:07 am

Congratulations from Detmold in Germany ! I’ve been reading MR regularly since I found an article on Tyler in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

36 Samuel T. Petursson August 22, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Congratulations on your fourth anniversary of MR.

Reading MR on and off for the last two years or so, along with other econoblogs, such as Mankiw´s and the Becker-Posner blog, has provided me with a intellectual stimulus on a day-to-day basis like never before. Like someone said in above comment, reading MR is a bit like having a rather undeserved privilege of sitting at a table in a café with prominent thinkers on a regular basis. Something that earlier was only be a privilege of the few is now in the reach of the common man. That’s the revolution…

Greeting from Reykjavik Iceland: Samuel T. Petursson, engineer and urban planner

If only I had been introduced to the wonders of economics earlier on.

37 Paul J August 23, 2007 at 12:58 am

Love your blog – easily my favorite. Discovered it in a post by Virginia Postrel and have been reading it ever since. Have learned so much and been exposed to many new ideas…has made me look smart on many occasions.

This post made me laugh:

Tyler v. Alex: Guide to the Perplexed
Lately I’ve noticed that people are confusing posts from Tyler with posts from me. Here is a simple guide for the perplexed:
†¢ References to a cymbalist/Dadaist/expressionist that you have never heard of. Tyler.
†¢ References to Dog/Rush/Hayek (Salma). Alex
†¢ A simple question with ten answers. Tyler.
†¢ A complex question with one answer. Alex.
†¢ You have no idea what the post means. Tyler.
†¢ You know exactly what the post means and it makes you mad as hell. Alex.

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