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Why Congressional "Oversight" of the Bureaucracy Is No Such Thing

Bureaucracy and RegulationMedia and Culture

05/29/2020Audio/Video
Neither voters nor politicians watch the bureaucracy very carefully, so they respond as one might expect—advancing their own and their favorites' interests, at the expense of the public they are supposedly working for.
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What the Failed 55-MPH Speed Limit Law Tells Us about COVID Lockdowns

Big GovernmentHealthMedia and CultureThe Police State

05/29/2020Audio/Video
Americans were once harangued by government "experts" about the need to slow down on highways in order to save lives. Few listened. Today, laws demanding everyone "stay at home" may suffer a similar fate.
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Politicians' COVID Mania Ravages Maryland

Media and CultureThe Police State

05/29/2020Audio/Video
James Bovard reports form Maryland, where the COVID-19 lockdowns have decimated employment and the rules only apply to powerless ordinary people. Cops and politicians can do as they like.
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The CDC Slashed the COVID-19 Fatality Rate to a Fraction of Earlier Estimate Used to Justify Lockdowns

Big GovernmentHealth

05/28/2020Audio/Video
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The prolockdown crowd has been making extraordinary claims. Meanwhile, they have produced little evidence to support their claims.
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The Folly of "Ask What You Can Do for Your Country"

Big GovernmentU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

05/28/2020Audio/Video
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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Michael Boldin on Hanging Out with 2 Live Crew and Sticking it to the NSA

BiographiesLegal SystemMedia and Culture

05/28/2020Audio/Video
Michael Boldin explains how he ended up advising state governments to kick the NSA out of their backyard.
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How Would a Socially Balanced Society Respond to a Pandemic?

HealthStrategy

05/27/2020Audio/Video
The state currently enjoys a vastly unbalanced share of the power within a society, such an arrangement is not in any way preordained, and the assumption that it must be betrays a narrowness of vision and a lack of historical knowledge.
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The Fed Is Doing "Whatever It Takes" to Prop Up the Economy. That's a Very Bad Thing.

InflationMonetary PolicyInterventionism

05/27/2020Audio/Video
There's now no difference between monetary policy and other government programs designed to prop up firms, industries, and other favored groups. The Fed is simply another government planning agency.
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To Prevent Problematic Inflation, We Need More Production. Which Means There's Trouble Ahead.

InflationMonetary PolicyOther Schools of Thought

05/26/2020Audio/Video
Price inflation is so difficult to predict, because there are so many moving parts: money supply, demand, money velocity, and supply of goods and services.
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Why Didn't the 1958 and 1918 Pandemics Destroy the Economy? Hint: It's the Lockdowns

Booms and BustsHealth

05/26/2020Audio/Video
The 1958 pandemic killed twice as many people as COVID-19 has so far. Yet, the economy in 2020 has collapsed far worse than either in 1958 or the far worse pandemic of 1918.
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