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What Is Fascism? It's the System We've Been Living under for Decades.

U.S. HistoryWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy, exalts the police state, denies fundamental liberties to individuals, and makes the executive state the unlimited master of society.

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What Does "Freedom" Mean? There Are Many Different Answers.

Book ReviewsWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog01/13/2021

"These days most people tend to equate freedom with the possession of inalienable individual rights, rights that demarcate a private sphere no government may infringe on. But has this always been the case?"

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The Capitol Riot Wasn’t a Coup. It Wasn't Even Close.

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

Blog01/08/2021

Coups are nearly always acts committed by elites against the sitting executive power using the tools of the elites. It's clear the elites want Trump gone, and Wednesday's riot was no coup. 

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Hayek, Friedman, Buchanan: The Villains of "Neoliberalism"

Book ReviewsDemocracyPolitical Theory

Blog01/07/2021

According to Brown, Hayek's position against mass democracy is not to be argued against but diagnosed. It is wrong because “democracy” is good—obviously.

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Why Trump Voters Don't Trust the People Who Count the Votes

Political Theory

Blog01/06/2021

If the FBI and the Pentagon have already demonstrated their officials are willing to break and bend rules to obstruct Trump, why believe the administrative class when they insist elections are free and fair and all above board? 

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The Problems with Marx's Dialectic

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/05/2021

The Marxist dialectic was purported to explain every development in Soviet society. But so much wishful thinking was required that eventually it all just became a subject for jokes.

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The Great Reset, Part III: Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics

SocialismPolitical Theory

Blog01/01/2021

China is the model for the economic and political system being promoted in the West, and the Great Reset is the most forthright articulation of that system—although its articulation is anything but perfectly forthright.

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How the State Spreads Mass Hysteria

Media and CulturePolitical Theory

Blog12/17/2020

Mass hysteria is possible in a free society, but there are self-correcting mechanisms and the harm such hysteria may inflict is limited by the enforcement of private property rights. 

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A Clash about Morality in Wartime

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog12/11/2020

Hurting innocents is never okay, but apologists for the bombing of Hiroshima and other state atrocities find this "purist" position inconvenient.

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Those Who Fear Disease Most Are Most Likely to Prefer Authoritarian Regimes

HealthPolitical Theory

Blog11/24/2020

Researchers have suggested for years that "pathogen prevalence" can be used to predict the public's embrace of despotism.

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