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No Matter How You Vote, Politicians Don't Represent You

StrategyPolitical Theory

11/08/2018Audio/Video
One of the most foundational assumptions behind modern democracy is that the elected officials somehow represent the interests of those who elected them.
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Union Diplomacy, Part 2: The Trent Affair

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

11/07/2018Audio/Video
After months of growing tension between the United States and Britain, a single event almost plunges the two countries into war.
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No, Voting Doesn't Mean You "Support the System"

StrategyPolitical Theory

11/06/2018Audio/Video
Voting "no" on a tax increase doesn't mean you really consented to it.
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Union Diplomacy, Part 1: Fountains of Discontent

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

10/31/2018Audio/Video
William Seward's repeated diplomatic blunders cause Britain to send troops to Canada in preparation for a possible war with the United States.
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The Secessionist Witch Hunt

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

10/24/2018Audio/Video
The Congressional Republicans hunt for a scapegoat to take the blame for the Union defeat at Ball's Bluff.
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It's OK To Buy Your Pet a Halloween Costume (and Other Luxuries)

Free MarketsMedia and Culture

10/19/2018Audio/Video
Money spent on "luxuries" goes to support ordinary people who use profits from luxury goods to make a living and support their families.
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Capitalism Makes Us More Humane

Socialism

10/18/2018Audio/Video
Why is it that starving Venezuelans are eating dogs while Americans are rescuing dogs from hurricanes?
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Yes, Inequality Is a Problem — When Caused by the Government

Socialism

10/18/2018Audio/Video
Some inequality arises naturally from freedom of choice. Some comes from government meddling. One is good and the other is bad.
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The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Part 2: A Little Short of Boats

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

10/17/2018Audio/Video
Ball’s Bluff evolves from a “slight demonstration” into a small-scale battle, and claims the life of one of President Lincoln’s closest personal friends.
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The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Part 1: A Slight Demonstration

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

10/10/2018Audio/Video
Chris Calton details all of the mistakes that were made leading up to The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, setting the stage for a Union catastrophe.
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