Political Theory

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Why the President Said "No"

Taxes and SpendingU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog04/09/2018

And yet I feel obliged to withhold my approval ... [for] the appropriation of public funds...

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Why Businessmen Don't Make Good Politicians

U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog04/07/2018

It is a common fallacy that if a person is successful in business, they will be a good politician. This is dangerously naive.

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Forget Electoral Democracy — Give "Demarchy" a Chance

World HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog04/06/2018

There's no reason to believe choosing representatives through a lottery system or "by chance" is worse than what we have now. 

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Mencken: A Retrospect

Political Theory

Blog04/06/2018

I hope to correct a persistent misunderstanding about Mencken's economic and political ideas.

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Like Obama, Trump Loves to Make Laws with "a Pen and a Phone"

Protectionism and Free TradeU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog03/30/2018

So long as he uses a "national security" ploy, a president can raise taxes without so much as a debate in Congress. 

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Why Marx Hated Individualism

Free MarketsSocialismPolitical Theory

Blog03/29/2018

The capitalist system is a system in which promotion is precisely according to merit. Marx didn't like that.

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Why (Most) Children Shouldn't Vote

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog03/19/2018

Whether or not a child should vote depends on whether or not he or she is a net taxpayer. 

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Rothbard on National Liberation

Decentralization and SecessionPolitical Theory

Blog03/19/2018

Nationalism is not a unitary, monolithic phenomenon. If it is aggressive, we should oppose it; if liberatory, we should favor it. 

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Guns and Schools: Can the Market do Better?

The Police StatePolitical TheoryPrivate Property

Blog02/21/2018
People want safe neighborhoods and schools, which is just another way to say there is a market for them.
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From Abortion to Circumcision, Democracy Won't Save Minorities from the Majority

Decentralization and SecessionPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog02/09/2018
Not every conflict in values can be solved with democracy or dialogue. Often, it just comes down to the majority trampling the minority.
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