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Gary M. Galles is a Professor of Economics at Pepperdine University and an adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. His research focuses on public finance, public choice, economic education, organization of firms, antitrust, urban economics, liberty, and the problems that undermine effective public policy. In addition to his most recent book, Pathways to Policy Failures (2020), his books include Lines of Liberty (2016), Faulty Premises, Faulty Policies (2014), and Apostle of Peace (2013).

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The Idea that Democracy Is the Same as Liberty Is a Weapon in the Hands of Despots


Probably no other belief is now so much a threat to liberty…as the one that democracy, by itself alone, guarantees liberty.

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How to Be a True Benefactor in Society


Politicians love to present themselves as benefactors of mankind. In truth, they add nothing to the happiness and well-being of the voters they hope to exploit. 

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Remembering Tocqueville's Democracy in America as Another Election Looms


When I feel the hand of power lie heavy on my brow, I am not the more disposed to pass beneath the yoke because it is held out to me by the arms of a million men.

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Our Politicians Would Probably Be Better If We Picked Them by Lot

StrategyPolitical Theory

10/08/2020Mises Media
Rather than choose among a group of narcissists desperate to become popular by redistributing the income of others, why not choose officeholders by lot for a single term?
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Why Democracy Cannot Protect Our Freedoms

Political Theory

10/07/2020Mises Media
Any act of the state is now thought to be justified if "the people voted for it." And, as government increases its plundering activities, more and more citizens want in on the popular say-so.
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