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Democracy's Road to Tyranny

DemocracyPolitical Theory

The popular pastime of modern democracies of punishing the diligent and thrifty, while rewarding the lazy, improvident, and unthrifty, is cultivated via the State, fulfilling a demo-egalitarian program based on a demo-totalitarian ideology.

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The Roots of "Anticapitalism"

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Anticapitalism's origins are not found with the workers. Rather, it came from the aristocrats and middle-class intellectuals who harbored resentment and fear of the rising entrepreneurial and industrial classes. 

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The Problem of Security: Historicity of the State and "European Realism"

Political Theory

All societies require some sort of coercion to maintain order. But "the state" is a very specific and modern type of government institution which claims it can engage in criminal types of coercion with impunity. 

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The British Government Pushed back "Freedom Day" with No Explanation

Bureaucracy and RegulationPolitical Theory

Blog07/12/2021

For many, the covid era has been like a rollercoaster. But as the world seems to near the end of the ride, governments don't seem in a hurry to roll back their restrictions.

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The Tyranny of the Minority Is Just as Dangerous as the Tyranny of the Majority

Free MarketsPolitical Theory

Blog06/30/2021

We should be quite skeptical when states impose the opinion of minority groups on the majority through special programs in schools and elsewhere. Such programs likely involve “positive discrimination” against particular groups, consistent with state objectives.

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Babbitt Is Back

PhilosophyPolitical Theory

Blog05/11/2021

The people selling us democracy believe in it the same way George F. Babbitt believes in a new listing from the Babbitt-Thompson Realty Company.

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The Fundamental Economic Problem with Biden's Rescue Plan

Political TheoryValue and Exchange

Blog04/30/2021

Do huge wealth redistribution schemes like Biden's new plan actually make people better off? Some people will get a net benefit. How how numerous are they? How many millions will take a net loss? The government has no idea.

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VAWA Balkanizes Rights, Cynically Erasing Male Indians

Labor and WagesPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog04/07/2021

Identitarians present a parody of human rights: only approved groups are recognized as victims. Unapproved individuals are lost in the balkanization despite the fact that, in the final analysis, only individuals suffer and cry out for help.

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Why Postmodernism Is Incompatible with a Politics of Liberty

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog04/05/2021

Postmodernism lends itself to totalitarianism. Once beliefs aren't constrained by the object world, an idea can't be wrong, and the intellectual battleground becomes a political one, a struggle to impose certain ideas on all.

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The Economics and Ethics of Government Default, Part III

Financial MarketsTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

It's time to default on the national debt. It's the moral thing to do. We often speak of the problems with the effects of the debt. But the debt itself is an abuse and an imposition on taxpayers. 

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