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Who Has Better Ethics, the Social Security System or Bernie Madoff?

Big GovernmentEconomic FreedomU.S. Economy

Blog12/02/2022

Nearly everyone has heard of Bernie Madoff and rightly associates his name with financial fraud. Yet, the Social Security system is built on a Ponzi scheme similar to what Madoff created.

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Who Really Owns Big Digital Tech?

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismU.S. Economy

Blog11/30/2022

Is Big Tech a government creation—as the American Conservative recently claimed—or is it the result of entrepreneurs employing a mechanism created for noncommercial uses? It is both, writes Michael Rectenwald.

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Want to Protect Children? Don't Embrace "Safetyism"

Big GovernmentProgressivismThe Police State

Blog11/30/2022

No one seems to support "safetyism," or "helicopter parenting," yet Americans seem obsessed with keeping their children "safe" at all costs. It is not good for children—or their parents.

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Can a Deeply Unserious America Fix Its Economy?

Big GovernmentCentral BanksU.S. EconomyBusiness CyclesPolitical Theory

Blog11/22/2022

A serious political discussion at the federal level would center on structural problems of war and peace, debt and the dollar, and entitlements. But America in 2022 is a deeply unserious country.

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Why Did Trussonomics Fail So Quickly?

Big GovernmentEconomic Policy

Blog11/21/2022

Liz Truss sought to be another Margaret Thatcher, but her ballyhooed budget numbers did not add up.

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The Rise and Fall of Trussonomics

Big GovernmentEuropeFree MarketsStrategy

Blog11/12/2022

In presenting her economic plan, Liz Truss failed spectacularly on one thing: cutting spending. Otherwise, a "tax cut" is not a tax cut at all.

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The Missing Factor in Britain's Economic Recovery Plan

Big GovernmentEuropeKeynes

Blog11/11/2022

As the British economy falters, the government returns to its Keynesian roots. They will find once again that the legacy of J.M. Keynes is inflation and economic ruin.

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Changing of the Guard: Can Musk Deliver on His Promises for Free Speech and Information?

AntipoliticsBig GovernmentCronyism and CorporatismStrategy

Blog10/31/2022

While Elon Musk says he will bring free speech back to Twitter, the forces of statism will not be still. The jury is out on how successful Musk's experiment will be.

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Are Seasonally Adjusted Economic Data Useful?

Big GovernmentStrategyU.S. Economy

Blog10/27/2022

Government economists "seasonally adjust" data in order to better respond with policy recommendations to deal with business cycles. The problem is that government causes the cycles.

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