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Portugal’s Experiment in Drug Decriminalization Has Been a Success

HealthThe Police StateInterventionism

07/10/2015Mises Daily Articles
Fourteen years ago, when Portugal decriminalized most illegal drugs, drug war proponents claimed the move would drive Portugal into chaos. Today, Portugal has the second-lowest death rate from illegal drugs in Europe with no sign of chaos on the horizon.

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Pope Francis’s Relentless Pessimism Fuels His Faith in Politics

Global EconomyWorld History

06/19/2015Mises Daily Articles
Pope Francis's two major writings as pope are marked by a relentless pessimism and a world view in which human institutions such as markets are constantly making life worse and worse. This view, however, is not supported by the facts...

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Paul Krugman’s Love Affair with France

Booms and BustsGlobal Economy

04/27/2015Mises Daily Articles
Paul Krugman is desperate to believe that the French economy is doing quite well. That would prove that Krugman's anti-austerity crusade must be on the right track. Unfortunately for Krugman, and for France, things aren't going so well...

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Poverty, Child Rearing, and Government Incentives

Interventionism

04/23/2015Mises Daily Articles
When writing on poverty issues, many commentators emphasize the importance of work and wages, but many cultural factors, including views of family size and child rearing, can have immense effects on generational poverty as well.

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Progressive Luddites and Gustave de Molinari’s Final Words

Big GovernmentGlobal EconomyInterventionism

03/26/2015Mises Daily Articles
The opponents of technological innovation in free markets have been with us for a long time. A century ago, Gustave de Molinari was defending the automobile from the technology haters of his day. Little has changed since then.

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Private Enterprise versus Free Enterprise

Big GovernmentCorporate WelfarePrivate Property

03/09/2015Mises Daily Articles
The neo-mercantilist Export-Import Bank is being pushed with bipartisan support yet again. We’re being told that the Ex-Im Bank is good for private enterprise. It’s no doubt good for some private companies, but there’s a difference between private enterprise and free enterprise...

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Post Mortem on the Swiss Franc’s Euro-Peg

Global EconomyMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

01/30/2015Mises Daily Articles
The Swiss central bank's decision to let the Swiss franc find its market value (compared to the euro) was predictable, yet it has caused instability for Swiss markets. Meanwhile, the peg never helped the Swiss economy...

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People Have More Money? Let’s Tax It!

Free MarketsTaxes and SpendingU.S. History

01/19/2015Mises Daily Articles
The drop in gas prices has left households with a little extra money to spend. So naturally, the state thinks it's a great time to raise gas taxes. Otherwise, taxpayers would just waste that money on their families...

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Private Volunteers Step In Where Police Are AWOL

The EntrepreneurThe Police StateU.S. History

12/23/2014Mises Daily Articles
Where police fail, as at Ferguson and in Detroit, private firms and volunteers have stepped in. And yet the state continues to claim that its employed enforcers are a thin blue line between order and chaos.

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Punishment and Proportionality

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

12/05/2014Mises Daily Articles
The state now claims to be a party to every crime and claims the right to mete out punishments that have nothing to do with obtaining restitution for the victims. Instead, criminals are "rehabilitated" at taxpayer expense...

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