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Today's Anticapitalists Are Closer to Fascism Than They Think

ProgressivismSocialismPolitical Theory

Blog08/06/2020

Today's anticapitalists fall into a familiar pattern pioneered by Mussolini and Giovanni Gentile.

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Buchanan and Anarchism

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog07/31/2020

Economist James Buchanan thinks that a state is necessary, because people wouldn't be able to agree on the boundaries of their rights.

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Nock and Mencken on Democracy and Equality

U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog07/28/2020

The egalitarian society is pledged to common cultural values resulting in a rigorous homogeneity. Thus, a man who stands in contempt of the prevailing ideology has no rights under the law.

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Foreign Aid Is Protectionism

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical TheoryProduction Theory

Blog07/23/2020

The economic nationalist faces a dilemma. Foreign aid handouts and economic protectionism are not only wholly compatible in theory, but the effects of foreign aid perfectly complement economic nationalists’ goals.

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Three Reasons Representative Democracy Doesn't Work

Decentralization and SecessionPolitical Theory

Blog07/20/2020

Even if the idea of democracy were a good one, there is a myriad of problems that come with translating the will of the voters into "representation" in political institutions. 

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The Constitution Failed

U.S. HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog07/03/2020

The Constitution is a dead letter. The only way to save its ideals is to rebuild the ideology behind it—laissez-faire liberalism—from the ground up.

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How Historians Changed the Meaning of "Liberalism"

LiberalismPolitical Theory

Blog07/02/2020

Liberalism was the most popular and influential ideology during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. So, every new socialist and authoritarian movement defined itself as "liberal" to capitalize on liberalism's popularity and importance.

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Why Mises Opposed Both Eugenics and Social Darwinism

Political Theory

Blog06/18/2020

Mises points out that eugenicists’ aim to improve the “quality” of the human race is an incoherent and meaningless goal: there exists no clear and objective standard by which the quality of human beings can be measured.

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These Protests Don't Threaten the Ruling Party in America's Big Cities

Big GovernmentMedia and CultureThe Police StatePolitical Theory

Blog06/10/2020

The political machines that run America's cities are likely to keep running them when these protests and riots end. Taxpayers will be worse off, but politicians will be even more powerful.

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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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