Bureaucracy and Regulation

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Modern Socialism Is Forced Socialization

Bureaucracy and RegulationPaternalismProgressivismSocialism


Modern socialism is based upon state interference in normal human relationships, economic and otherwise. It is as disastrous as the older state-planning model.

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How East Germany's Stasi Perfected Mass Surveillance

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationSocialismWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History


The East German secret police, the Stasi, developed the art of mass surveillance using pre-digital  methods. Modern tech now makes the job a lot easier. 

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Is Secondhand Smoke Bad, or Is It a Public Good? It’s Complicated

Bureaucracy and RegulationProperty Rights


The usual answer is that secondhand smoke is bad. But if value is subjective, perhaps secondhand smoke also can be seen as a public good.

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To Smoke or Not to Smoke: The Cigarette Economy in Postwar Germany, 1945–48

Bureaucracy and RegulationEconomic PolicyFree MarketsU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History


Postwar Germany was occupied, in ruins, with an economy in chaos. Germans were reduced to using cigarettes supplied by American GIs as money.

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The FTC Is Wrong about Mergers and Monopoly, Yet Again.

Bureaucracy and RegulationEconomic PolicyProgressivismU.S. Economy


The Federal Trade Commission is unwisely trying to block a merger between Microsoft and Activism. The result is more monopoly and higher prices. 

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Will Jamaica Embrace True Economic Reform or Just More Socialism?

Bureaucracy and RegulationDemocracyEconomic FreedomProgressivismSocialism


Jamaica is on the road to becoming a republic, but will that lead to economic freedom or to the statism that has held back that country since independence from Great Britain?

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The Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Latest Bridge to Nowhere

Bureaucracy and RegulationCorporate WelfareThe EnvironmentProgressivism


The government's latest "weapon" against carbon dioxide emissions is a pipeline that will carry the emissions across states and deep underground. In other words, another Washington boondoggle.

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The FTC Should Answer Its Call of Duty to Gamers

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationProtectionism and Free TradeInterventionism


The Federal Trade Commission is heavily scrutinizing the proposed merger between Microsoft and Activision. Why? Because Sony is against it.

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Leviathan Is on the Menu

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismLabor and WagesProgressivism


The State of California, unable to unionize fast food workers, now is trying to create workers councils that will set labor policies for fast food restaurants. This will not end well.

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