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Pseudo-Psychiatrist "Diagnoses" Trump Supporters with Mental Disorders

HealthMedia and Culture

Blog01/25/2020

The great libertarian psychiatrist Thomas Szasz warned that health officials could use their "expertise" to push a political agenda. We're now living in that world.

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Peaceful Market Exchange—Not Politics—Harnesses the Value of Diversity

Free MarketsMedia and CultureProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog01/22/2020

Whether diversity is a social benefit depends on whether it creates excuses to fight each other for special treatment. Politicizing our differences is far more likely to make diversity a source of conflict.

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The Federal "Crimes" of the College Admission Scandal Aren't Real Crimes

Legal SystemMedia and Culture

Blog01/13/2020

All of the “crimes” tied to this case are essentially fictional charges that are derived from some other action. These are "derivative crimes," based on invented violations such as "false statements" or "obstructing the mails."

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Conservatives Are Increasingly Wrong about Market Freedom

Cronyism and CorporatismLabor and WagesMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog01/10/2020

The conservative case against market freedom is based on the belief that if change disrupts the status quo in any way, or if companies impose cost reductions that result in a shifting of employment — or even some layoffs — then government should step in and take control.

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Investors, Randomness, and Entrepreneurial Thinking

Financial MarketsMedia and CultureCalculation and Knowledge

Blog01/07/2020

It's possible for investors and entrepreneurs to make a lot of money in markets without understanding the economic theory behind their actions.

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Bernie Sanders Wants to Kill Pro Baseball

Corporate WelfareMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog01/02/2020

Major league baseball wants to cut back the minors in order to cut losses. But Bernie Sanders has other plans that may ultimately help kill pro baseball.

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Hunter-Gatherers Ravaged the Environment. Industrialization Saved It.

The EnvironmentMedia and CultureWorld History

Blog01/01/2020

Hunter-gatherer societies stripped the local environment of resources and then moved on to another place. There was nothing environmentally responsible about this sort of economy, in spite of modern efforts to portray prehistoric humans as tree huggers.

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George Bailey, Capitalist Hero

Media and Culture

Blog12/25/2019

In It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey was right to oppose Old Man Potter. Potter's fondness for the draft board and his attempt to use the DA to crush his adversary shows Potter had little regard for truly voluntary exchange.

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This Christmas, Let's Celebrate a Different Scrooge: Scrooge McDuck

The EntrepreneurMedia and Culture

Scrooge McDuck is the perfect type of a miser: a capitalist-entrepreneur — and the most philanthropic man (duck, I mean) in Duckburg.

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Abolish the Office of the First Lady

Media and CultureU.S. History

Blog12/23/2019

Once upon a time, the president was expected to pay for parties and public relations out of his own pocket. Now we have the Office of the First Lady, so taxpayers can now pay her staff to plan opulent parties for wealthy donors and powerful politicians at the White House.

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