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What Romance Can Tell Us About Government Regulation

InterventionismPrivate Property

04/08/2015Mises Daily Articles
When it comes to romantic relationships, people ruthlessly discriminate and make an endless number of subjective judgments. Most agree that it is absurd to regulate these relationships while not realizing that the same is true of all business relationships as well.

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Who Owns the North Pole?

Legal SystemWorld HistoryPrivate Property

04/07/2015Mises Daily Articles
The US, Russia, Canada, Denmark, and other states are racing to take control of the Arctic Ocean. Outside of a few tiny outposts, however, these states have never "homesteaded" the region, so their claims of true ownership are fanciful at best...

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A Portrait of the Classical Gold Standard

World HistoryGold StandardMoney and Banking

04/06/2015Mises Daily Articles
While not at all perfect, the classical gold standard of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century facilitated some of the greatest leaps in economic prosperity ever witnessed. Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna surveys the views of central bankers and economists of the time.

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"Appropriate and Necessary" Is Whatever We Say It Is

The EnvironmentHealthInterventionism

04/04/2015Mises Daily Articles
The Supreme Court case of Michigan v. EPA illustrates how the law provides so many tools to federal agencies that their power is more or less unlimited. It's only a matter of finding which laws will stick, and the result is lawlessness...

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Will Manny Pacquiao’s Huge Tax Bill Be Enough for the IRS?

The EntrepreneurTaxes and Spending

04/03/2015Mises Daily Articles
Global boxing star Manny Pacquiao, in spite of the fact he isn’t a US resident or citizen, owes the IRS $18 million, and they plan to demand a lot more when Pacquiao fights in Las Vegas next month...

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"Discrimination" Isn't About Religion, It's About Private Property

Big GovernmentInterventionism

04/02/2015Mises Daily Articles
The debate over the freedom to discriminate has flared up again in Indiana where the conflict is being framed as a dispute between Christians and gays. In truth, the matter hinges only on whether or not people should be allowed to exercise private property rights.

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Our Current Illusion of Prosperity

Booms and BustsU.S. Economy

04/01/2015Mises Daily Articles
The Fed and Washington politicians tell us how well the economy is doing, but the problems of the last financial crisis remain, and if we look closer, we find stagnant wages, ageing equipment, and lenders looking to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

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How the West Invented Individualism

World HistoryPolitical Theory

03/31/2015Mises Daily Articles
Throughout most of history, “citizens belonged to the city, body and soul,” writes Larry Siedentop in his new book Inventing the Individual . Even today, the Western idea of the free individual remains largely confined to the West...

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Why Is the Fed Punishing My Parents?

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

03/30/2015Mises Daily Articles
Thanks to the central bank, those who worked hard and "played by the rules" all their lives now face an uncertain future as inflation chips away at their savings and threatens their financial stability.

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Why We Need Deflation and Higher Interest Rates

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

03/28/2015Mises Daily Articles
Once a recession sets in, markets can only repair themselves if prices — including wages — are allowed to fall where necessary. The resulting increases in real interest rates are the key to spurring new economic activity...

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