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What Caused the Irish Potato Famine?

Free MarketsInterventionismOther Schools of Thought

03/17/2017Mises Daily Articles
Was the Potato Famine an ecological accident, as historians usually say, or a politically created one?

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What’s Driving Bolivia’s Booming Economy

Global EconomyEntrepreneurshipInterventionism

07/02/2015Mises Daily Articles
Much of Bolivia's alleged socialist miracle relies on the commodity boom, but there is a real laissez-faire element behind the boom, too. Bolivian President Evo Morales is allowing Bolivia's small-businesses and informal economies to truly thrive and grow...

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Why Shareholders Are Better Than Corporate "Stakeholders"

Financial MarketsEntrepreneurshipPrivate Property

06/22/2015Mises Daily Articles
Business schools now often tell students that shareholders are socially irresponsible by seeking only profit and ignoring the “stakeholders in the community.” But in practice, owners must be respectful of many outside groups (such as employees and vendors), to be profitable...

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Wealth Must Be Created Before We Can Give It To the Poor

The EntrepreneurEntrepreneurshipValue and Exchange

06/18/2015Mises Daily Articles
Charity serves an important and indispensable function in society: not everyone can engage in enough productive work to meet the daily needs of his or her family. But entrepreneurs and businesses have to create wealth before it can be given away.

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We Need Actual Free Trade, Not the TPP

Global EconomyWar and Foreign PolicyInterventionism

05/30/2015Mises Daily Articles
All that is necessary for free trade to flourish is for governments to get out of the business of punishing people who import goods without government approval. We don’t need a system of government agreements and regulations like the Trans Pacific Partnership...

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Why Do We Celebrate Rising Home Prices?

Booms and BustsThe Fed

05/23/2015Mises Daily Articles
The Fed and the government have gone to great lengths to prop up home prices. But it seems a bit odd to try to increase the cost of a basic necessity like housing. Why not do the same with food and clothing?

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Why Larry Summers Doesn’t Understand Economic Inequality

Global EconomyU.S. Economy

05/05/2015Mises Daily Articles
Economists long ago disproved the idea that if the rich get a bigger slice of pie, everyone else’s slice must be getting smaller. In fact, the data continues to show that inequality and growth are not at odds...

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Will the Fed Let Innovation Work Its Magic?

The FedGlobal EconomyMoney and Banks

04/20/2015Mises Daily Articles
In recent decades, the tech sector has brought us newer and better goods and ever-dropping prices. In an unhampered market, the same would happen across the entire economy. But, the Fed won't allow this to happen...

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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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