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India's Farming Reform: A Lesson in Interest Group Politics

Cronyism and CorporatismPrice ControlsProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog02/23/2021

If Punjabi farmers had been portrayed as affluent, the media would view them as greedy entrepreneurs. But leveraging the political capital of perceived powerlessness has allowed them to obscure their true status as rent seekers. 

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The Dystopian Bubble: George Orwell Meets Charles Mackay

Cronyism and CorporatismMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog02/09/2021

The opening pages of the new decade feel like we’re living through a combination of George Orwell’s 1984 and Charles Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

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There's Nothing Wrong with Short Selling

Cronyism and CorporatismFinancial Markets

Blog02/03/2021

Allowing short selling increases the number of people with an incentive to discover valuable information about firms’ prospects by providing an added mechanism to benefit from information that turns out to be negative. This makes markets more responsive and honest.

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Pennsylvania's Lockdown Rules Were Arbitrary, Inconsistent, and Political

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismPolitical Theory

Blog01/28/2021

Surprise! An audit of Pennsylvania's covid lockdowns reveals the process lacked any legal consistency or transparency. Yet Pennsylvania's health bureaucrats have used these arbitrary rules to crush the state's entrepreneurs. 

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The "War On Terror" Comes Home

Cronyism and Corporatism

Blog01/12/2021

It is partly an attempt to erase the Trump movement from the pages of history, but it is also an attempt to silence criticism of the emerging political consensus in the coming Biden era that may come from progressive or antiwar circles.

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There Ain't No Success like Failure

Cronyism and CorporatismDemocracyStrategy

Blog01/07/2021

Do we support the “occupation” of the Senate Chamber as an expression of righteous anger over the feeling that the election was stolen? Not really, because it will not achieve anything.

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Why People Don't Trust Pfizer's Covid Vaccine.

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismHealth

Blog12/16/2020

Why are so many people afraid of vaccines from Big Pharma? It might be because these companies have given the public many reasons to be skeptical of them and their products. 

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Trump’s NDAA Veto Threat Should Force a Conversation on Defense Spending

Corporate WelfareCronyism and Corporatism

Blog12/15/2020

A dirty secret of congressional military spending is that when the government allocates billions in spending, unnecessary, wasteful, and parochial interests quickly find their way into the legislation.

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The Google Election

Big GovernmentCronyism and CorporatismMedia and Culture

Blog11/13/2020

We are witnessing the governmentalization of private industry, the turning of supposedly private enterprises into state apparatuses, and the growth of the state through putatively private extensions of it.

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