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It's Better To Be Poor in a 'Capitalist' Country Than Any Other Type of Country

BlogJune 17, 2015

The new encyclical from Pope Francis, due to be officially released tomorrow, is sure to contain at least one claim that the rich are somehow getting rich off the backs of the poor. On a certain level, this is no doubt true: the wealthy are more able to influence state institutions, and are thus...

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The Problem with "Fraud": Fraud, Threat, and Contract Breach as Types of Aggression

BlogJuly 17, 2006

Recently I pointed out something that has irked me for years: the misuse by libertarians of the term "coercion" as a synonym for aggression. Coercion is not necessarily aggression; and aggression does not necessarily...

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For Courts, Some Types of Speech Are More Free than Others

BlogJuly 10, 2007

Should you be allowed to put a "For Sale" sign on your own car?

Most people would say yes, but some local governments say no — and the courts approve this because somehow "commercial speech" is deemed less worthy of protection than political speech. Never mind, of...

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Mises Daily Friday: Michel Chevalier’s Case Against the Patent System

BlogApril 17, 2015

Mises Daily Friday by Louis Rouanet:

Largely forgotten in the English-speaking world today, French...

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Texas Creates Gold Depository As Next Step Toward Wider Use of Gold and Silver as Legal Tender

BlogJune 15, 2015

Joe Salerno earlier mentioned that Texas might create a new state-level gold depository that would allow investors to store gold and silver outside the federally-regulated banking system. As banks clamp...

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The Difference Between Democracy in the Market and Democracy in Politics

BlogJune 11, 2015

Choosing between two candidates is analogous going to Walmart and being presented with two shopping carts already filled with items....

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Feudalism: A System of Private Law

BlogJune 2, 2015

A much-neglected book on the history of the state and its development is Hendryk Spruyt's The Sovereign State and Its Competitors.

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New Directions in Entrepreneurship Research

BlogJune 25, 2015

It’s a great time to be studying entrepreneurship. Today as never before entrepreneurs are confronted with “grand challenges” both in the marketplace and society more broadly. And despite constant...

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The Left's Revolt Against Biological Reality

BlogJune 10, 2015

At the heart of the egalitarian left is the pathological belief that there is no structure of reality; that all the world is a tabula...

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Denny Hastert and the Fed's War on Cash

BlogMay 29, 2015

The US fedgov's relentless War on Cash is ongoing. Now one of the primary weapons in that War, the misnamed Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, has been aimed at a prominent former Congressman.

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Collective Causes and Freedom

BlogMay 21, 2015

No amount of power to coerce others can make a life meaningful for good. As Eric Hoffer realized, only freedom can provide that opportunity. It does not guarantee a meaningful life; only the possibility. But to create or preserve that possibility, we need to bolster freedom. And as he also...

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Where's the Austerity?

BlogMay 7, 2015

Krugman and Stiglitz think that massive spending increases constitute "austerity." 

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The Consequences of Prohibition (of Knives)

BlogMay 6, 2015

The Baltimore police now imply Freddie Gray's arrest was necessary because he was carrying an illegal knife. But why are taxpayers paying the government to arrest people for carrying knives? What about the right to bear knives? 

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Free Trade Benefits vs. Fears of Foreign Goods

BlogMay 8, 2015

What should be most clear is that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not a free trade agreement. Parts of it may, no doubt, lower some...

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For April 1: Exclusive Mises Institute Interview with Ben Bernanke!

BlogApril 1, 2015

First, he started up a new blog, and now Ben Bernanke has agreed to an exclusive interview with the Mises Institute for Mises Wire. We sent our correspondent Mateusz...

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Baltic Dry Index Sinks to Historic Lows

BlogFebruary 1, 2015

Baltic Dry Index Sinks to Historic Lows

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Must-Read Works of Liberty

BlogFebruary 23, 2015

Lew Rockwell: I have two suggestions for you, and they both involve new books by Tom Woods.

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