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The Folly of "Ask What You Can Do for Your Country"

Big GovernmentU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog05/25/2020

Governments often demand that you "ask what you can do for your country," but those governments never guarantee us anything in return for our sacrifice.

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The Shutdown May Soon Collapse in Pennsylvania Thanks to Local Resistance

StrategyPolitical Theory

Blog05/20/2020

With such chaos, confusion, and incompetence playing out, it is little wonder that more and more Pennsylvanians are refusing to obey lockdown decrees.

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No, Hayek Didn't Support the Pinochet Regime

World HistoryHistory of the Austrian School of EconomicsPolitical Theory

Blog05/15/2020

Hayek is guilty of pointing out what should be abundantly obvious: both democratic and authoritarian regimes can commit grave crimes against human rights.

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The Clenched COVID Fist of Government

Political Theory

Blog05/14/2020

Governments create nothing, and only excel at coercion and violence. This is why governments are enthusiastic about shutting down economies but seem unsure about how to open them.

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Crisis or Opportunity? To Politicians, It's the Same Thing

Big GovernmentPolitical Theory

Blog05/13/2020

The COVID-19 panic has provided a myriad of opportunities for politicians to exploit the fear and pain of ordinary people for personal profit.

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Viruses versus Lockdowns: It's Not about Tradeoffs

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog05/12/2020

Presenting "saving lives" as a more or less equal alternative to commerce and community is a misguided view of what the lockdown debate is really all about.

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Politicians Have Destroyed Markets and Ignored Human Rights with Alarming Enthusiasm

Big GovernmentPolitical Theory

Blog05/02/2020

Politicians and media have combined with an obedient and frightened electorate to abolish civil liberties and destroy the markets that are so key to fighting poverty.

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Exactly How Many Deaths Are Needed to Justify Giving Governments Control of Everything?

Media and CultureWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

Blog04/20/2020

What is the number of deaths due to disease which justifies the total abandonment of the rule of law and basic human freedoms? Sixty thousand? One hundred thousand? Three hundred thousand? Supporters of the current police state ought to pin down a number for us at which all rights are forfeit....

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Beyond the NAP: Rothbard's Full Case for Liberty

StrategyPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog04/08/2020

The nonaggression principle—"anything peaceful"—comes as close to a value-free analysis in a political, ethical, economic, and legal theory as conceivably possible. It was insufficient for Rothbard, because he rightly found it insufficient for liberty.

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