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Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution: 25 Years Later

Mises DailyNovember 28, 2014
The Velvet Revolution, during which the people of Czechoslovakia revolted against their communist masters, turns twenty-five years old this month. Many people from formerly-communist economies have learned much from the experience, even if many in the West have not.

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The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

Mises DailyNovember 27, 2014
In the early years, the pilgrims of Plymouth Colony adopted a 17th-century form of socialism and nearly starved to death. They had little to be thankful for until they gave up on dreams of utopia and turned to markets instead.

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The Decline of the Plymouth Colony

Mises DailyNovember 27, 2014
In an effort to open up its economy, a leading merchant in Plymouth Colony led an effort to grant full religious liberty in the colony. But the old ruling oligarchs intervened and blocked the measure's approval...

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Antipathy for the State Is Not Enough

Mises DailyNovember 26, 2014
In this interview, Jeff Deist discusses taxes, his time working for Ron Paul, members of Congress, and how the Austrian movement is attracting more brilliant people than ever.

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A Golden Opportunity for Switzerland

Mises DailyNovember 25, 2014
The Swiss are set to vote on a new initiative requiring the central bank to keep at least 20 percent of its assets in gold." How would such a measure be enacted and how would it affect Switzerland's economy?...

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Diversity in Goals Brings Diversity in Value

Mises DailyNovember 24, 2014
Every person has different goals for himself, which means everyone will value differently the means to attain those ends. No central planner can know these goals and values.

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Stalemate, Crisis, and the Triumph of the Modern State

Mises DailyNovember 24, 2014
One hundred years ago, the combatants of World War One fought themselves to a standstill. The warring regimes than used the opportunity to clamp down on internal dissent and a host of other liberties.

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Obamacare’s Jonathan Gruber and the Superhero Oath

Mises DailyNovember 22, 2014
Economists can use their knowledge for both good and evil, and for those in government, such knowledge is often used to deceive and make government programs look less costly than they are.

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State Monopolies Aren’t What They Used to Be

Mises DailyNovember 21, 2014
States wish to gain monopolies and maintain them in all facets of life, while entrepreneurs strive to offer alternatives to the state. It's our job to prevent the state from simply declaring the competition illegal...

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Woodrow Wilson’s Faith in War

Mises DailyNovember 20, 2014
Malcolm D. Magee's new book on Woodrow Wilson examines a much-neglected topic: the role of Wilson's religion in his enthusiasm for war and his goal to “conquer, convert, and change the nations.”...

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