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If We Want "Unity," Government Must Become Weaker

Decentralization and SecessionMonopoly and CompetitionPolitical Theory

Blog06/23/2017
The problem of majorities oppressing minorities becomes worse the larger the government becomes. The answer is to make the state weaker.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Another Stealth Tax

Legal SystemTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog06/07/2017
Local governments could go to the taxpayers and ask for more revenue to fight crime. But, it's much easier to seize it from innocent suspects instead.

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How 1989's Invasion of Panama Set the Stage for 25 Years of Endless War

War and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

Blog05/31/2017
Manuel Noriega, who died this week, was a central figure in what would become a well-worn post Cold-War American habit of invading small countries.

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The Trump Budget: Real Cuts vs. the Media Version of "Cuts"

PovertyTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog05/25/2017
The Trump budget proposes to increase spending on Medicaid by slightly less that what had been earlier proposed. In DC-speak, this is called a "cut."

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Can Libertarians Have Communal Property?

Political Theory

Blog05/23/2017
A society that is totally privatized can include community-owned property and common amenities. All that is necessary is that everything is voluntary.

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Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Venezuela

Political Theory

Blog05/18/2017
Venezuela represents one of the left's greatest victories against so-called neoliberalism. Oddly, they don't seem to be bragging about it.

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Public-Sector Unions Keep the Gravy Train Flowing to Fire Departments

Taxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog05/15/2017
Fire departments rarely fight fires anymore, but you wouldn't know it the way department salaries are soaring.

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Dismantle the FBI, and Give its Money Back to the States

U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog05/12/2017
The FBI has long claimed that the states are too small and the US needs a huge national police force. There's no evidence that this is true.

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Three Ways Trump's Tax "Cuts" Will Raise Taxes

Financial MarketsMoney and BanksTaxes and SpendingMoney and BankingPolitical Theory

Blog05/10/2017
Trump's plan to increase spending and lower taxes will only increase deficit spending. And that brings with it a host of new costs for taxpayers.

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Napolitano: The GOP Didn't Touch the Core of Obamacare

HealthPolitical Theory

Blog05/10/2017
The GOP Obamacare repeal did nothing to repeal the four core premises of Obamacare and federal control of health care.

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