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Coronavirus Panic: From Trillion-Dollar Paternalism to "Cash for Bunkers"

Big GovernmentHealthPrice Controls

Blog03/21/2020

You are not even allowed to ask: "Is the price we’re paying worth it?" or "Is this an abundance of caution, or an overdose?" The "serious people" attack anyone who urges calm and encourages others to adopt a "don’t panic" approach. The new party line is: panic = virtue.

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What Would Murray Say About the Coronavirus?

Big GovernmentHealth

If government scientists claim that they have discovered a vaccine for the coronavirus, can the government force us to take it? Can they force us into quarantines? These are the sort of problems we can solve if we look to Murray for help.

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The US Constitution Needs an Expiration Date

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionStrategy

Blog03/05/2020

The Swiss constitution wisely puts a "date of expiration" on the central government's taxing power every 10-15 years. Voters have to vote "yes" to extend this power. Americans should demand something similar, both for taxes and for much more.

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Governments Are Using the Coronavirus to Distract from Their Own Failures

Big GovernmentGlobal Economy

Blog03/04/2020

The coronavirus impact adds to an already weak and bloated global economy that was showing poor growth, high debt, and an evidently disappointing earnings season before any epidemic was included in estimates.

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Michael Bloomberg: Genteel Enemy of Freedom

Big GovernmentProgressivism

Blog03/03/2020

Mayor Bloomberg is an antipopulist, and is thus, unlike Trump, a very polite and subtle authoritarian with alarming indifference to civil liberties and legal limits on his own power.

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Trump's Betrayal of Julian Assange

Anti-PoliticsBig GovernmentLegal SystemWar and Foreign Policy

Blog02/24/2020

It is ironic that a president who has been the victim of so much deep state meddling has done the deep state’s bidding when it comes to Assange and Wikileaks. The deep state that Trump is serving by persecuting Assange is the same deep state that continues to plot his own ouster.

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The Green Fatal Conceit: Why Physical Science Can’t Tell Us Proper Policy Goals

Big GovernmentThe Environment

Blog02/19/2020

The so-called CLEAN Future Act is as poorly designed as its acronym. Like the Green New Deal, it consists of radical new spending proposals that the bill’s supporters would have liked for other reasons, and which aren’t even compatible. 

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California's Anti-Self-Employment Law Is Already Crushing Freelancers

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationLabor and Wages

Blog01/18/2020

State lawmakers possess an infinite source of good intentions. Wielding the power of this limitless benevolence and munificence, politicians are regulating the lives of citizens while eviscerating their existence in the process.

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Death to Prohibition

Big GovernmentHealthU.S. History

Blog01/17/2020

The repeated failure of prohibition may be just the catalyst that Austrian economics needs to gain traction with the American public.

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Universal Basic Income: A Dream Come True for Despots

Big GovernmentThe Police State

Blog01/11/2020

A universal basic income can easily be weaponized as a tool to punish "antisocial" behavior such as holding "unacceptable" political views or otherwise engaging in what the state doesn't like.

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