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The Real Cause of America's Opioid Epidemic

HealthLegal SystemU.S. History

Blog08/20/2017
The real cause of this epidemic is various government policies and the real solution is the dismantling of those same policies, in perpetuum.

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The Bernanke-Yellen Bubble-Depression

Money and BanksU.S. HistoryMoney and Banking

Blog07/10/2017
The next economic crisis will be directly tied to the last economic crisis and the policies the Fed used to “solve” it. As such, it should be called the Bernanke-Yellen Crisis.

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A Boom Town Recession That Could Save Us All

Big GovernmentBooms and BustsThe FedGlobal EconomyU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyBusiness CyclesGold Standard

Blog03/23/2016

Recessions are good for an economy because they involve a resolution process, but a big recession for this boom town could be great for the world economy.

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The Legalization Cure for the Heroin Epidemic

Legal SystemThe Police StateU.S. History

03/28/2016Mises Wire
Due to over prescription of legal opiates, many patients become addicted and end up turning to illegal opiates like heroin. Overdoses and other tragedies soon follow.

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Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyInterventionismPolitical Theory

01/11/2016Books
What caused the war? Why did the Union defeat the Confederacy? What were the consequences of the War? The premise of the book is that historians have a comparative advantage in describing such events, but economists have the tools to help explain these events. This book does so, and marvelously.
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Doomsayers Doomed in Washington State Marijuana Debate

The Police StateU.S. HistoryInterventionism

07/25/2015Mises Daily Articles
Legal recreational marijuana has now been legal in Washington State for two and a half years. During that time, violent crime has decreased, and the doom-laden predictions of opponents to legalization have failed to come true.

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The Austrian School: The History, The Principles, and How It Got Its Name

U.S. HistoryAustrian Economics OverviewHistory of the Austrian School of Economics

02/06/2015Audio/Video
In this informative interview, Mark Thornton details how Carl Menger started the Austrian school of economics, and the possible Greek and Roman philosophical roots the school observes. Dr. Thornton and host Frank Conway also discuss the important limitations to Austrian economic thinking, how von...

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The Calamity of the Federal Reserve

The FedU.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/18/2015Audio/Video
Interviewed by Solidus.Center founder Seth Mason, Mark Thornton and Walter Block discuss the history of the Fed, how it harms the average American, and how the monetary system would function if it were abolished.

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The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act

Legal SystemU.S. History

12/17/2014Audio/Video
Interviewed by host Paul Molloy on the Freedom Works radio program, Mark Thornton discusses how the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act impacted the American public and shaped the 'War on Drugs' we know today...

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The War on Drugs Was Born 100 Years Ago

Free MarketsThe Police StateU.S. History

12/17/2014Mises Daily Articles
The Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, a bill with racist origins designed to increase the tax burden on non-whites in the United States, was passed 100 years ago today. It has since given birth to an immense police state apparatus.

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