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Self-Determination and Secession

Decentralization and SecessionWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

06/27/2015Mises Daily Articles
Sardinia has a long history of agitating for secession from Italy. Now some Sardinians want to secede form Italy in order to become a new region of Switzerland. Ludwig von Mises defended this "secede-and-join" tactic and called it "self-determination."...

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Seven Changes Needed in Baltimore and Ferguson Right Now

Legal SystemEntrepreneurshipInterventionism

05/08/2015Mises Daily Articles
Communities like Baltimore and Ferguson have been crippled by government regulations and the American nanny state. Now is the time to allow local residents to break free of government wage controls, government schooling, and government prohibitions.

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Self-Interest Is Not Selfishness

Free MarketsPhilosophy and Methodology

04/15/2015Mises Daily Articles
When Mother Teresa used her Nobel Prize money to fund services for the poor, she was exhibiting "self-interest," but not selfishness. Like virtually everyone else, she used her property to achieve an end she valued, but which benefited others as well...

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Sub-Zero Interest Rates as an Endless Daylight Saving Time

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

03/11/2015Mises Daily Articles
Milton Friedman once compared monetary stimulus to daylight saving time. But while daylight saving has an ending date, current monetary stimulus has no end in sight, and we’re just moving the clock ahead repeatedly without ever moving it back...

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Senate Republicans Bungle Their Interrogation of Janet Yellen

The FedMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

02/27/2015Mises Daily Articles
Janet Yellen testified before Congress this week, but the Senate Republicans, who claim to be the guardians of monetary sanity, failed to show any true understanding of monetary policy and the damage the Fed has inflicted.

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South Korea’s Keynesian Experiment Goes Global

Booms and BustsGlobal Economy

02/20/2015Mises Daily Articles
Korea's economy has taken off since the 1997 financial crisis, and so has Korea's cultural and economic prominence on the world stage. But is Korea repeating the mistakes of Japan and other centrally-planned boom economies?...

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Secession Begins at Home

Big GovernmentPolitical Theory

01/30/2015Mises Daily Articles
The most realistic plan for increasing freedom and free markets is not to vainly hope for a libertarian takeover of DC, but to create our own de facto independent societies right here at home.

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Switzerland Frees the Swiss Franc

Global EconomyMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

01/17/2015Mises Daily Articles
The Swiss franc was pegged to the euro in 2011, but after years of easy money in the eurozone, the Swiss have bailed in an effort to save the franc from even more inflation that's expected from the Europen Central Bank...

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Should Economics Emulate Natural Sciences?

Money and BanksBusiness CyclesPhilosophy and Methodology

12/16/2014Mises Daily Articles
The laws of physics can never be absolutely established. For some other law may prove more elegant or capable of explaining a wider range of facts. Hypotheses must be constantly tested. Economics is not like this.

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Stalemate, Crisis, and the Triumph of the Modern State

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

11/24/2014Mises Daily Articles
One hundred years ago, the combatants of World War One fought themselves to a standstill. The warring regimes then used the opportunity to clamp down on internal dissent and a host of other liberties.

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