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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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The Impossibility of "Taxation with Representation"

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog11/21/2020

The slogan "taxation without representation" implies that taxation with representation is both possible and moral. But the idea of political representation is fraught with errors.

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America's Elites—Not Trump—Are Responsible for Undermining American Democracy

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionPolitical Theory

Blog11/19/2020

It appears that 2020 may be the year that finally proves that the façade of democracy is not enough to maintain a unified political body. 

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California's Tax-Limiting Prop. 13 Survives Yet Another Attack

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog11/19/2020

Prop. 15’s attempt to undermine California Prop. 13’s property tax protections for businesses has apparently failed.

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Rothbard and the Problem of Rules

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog11/13/2020

It makes sense that individual ethics can vary within a natural law framework: the nonaggression principle isn't so much a rule to be applied as a norm to be followed. It's the foundation that makes life among other people possible.

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Talk of "Unity" Is Both Hypocritical and Delusional

Big GovernmentDemocracyPolitical Theory

Blog11/10/2020

Grand invocations that "I will unify us" are actually shorthand for "We mean to get our way, regardless of others' well-being and desire."

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