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The Folly of "Ask What You Can Do for Your Country"

Big GovernmentU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog05/25/2020

Governments often demand that you "ask what you can do for your country," but those governments never guarantee us anything in return for our sacrifice.

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Hacksawing the Economy: How Lockdowns Are in the Tradition of Civil War Surgeons

Big GovernmentU.S. History

Blog05/19/2020

Hacking off soldiers' limbs was a favorite technique of Civil War surgeons, largely because doctors wanted to avoid blame for later cases of gangrene. So doctors erred on the "safe" side. Many patients may have disagreed.

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New York vs. Texas: NY Has Nearly 50 Times More COVID-19 Deaths Per Capita

U.S. History

Blog04/28/2020

New York and New Jersey have produced more COVID-19 deaths than the rest of the country combined. So politicians have repeatedly claimed that the nation is "two weeks behind New York" to drum up support for extreme lockdown measures.

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In Bid to Extend Lockdowns, Leftist Governors Embrace "States' Rights"

U.S. History

Blog04/16/2020

In an effort to defy Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, NBC, and CBS have suddenly embraced what they have long hated: state sovereignty and the extensive decentralization mandated by the Tenth Amendment.

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The Costs Are Mounting in this Government-Imposed Economic Collapse

HealthMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog03/24/2020

The costs of this government-forced economic collapse—in terms of lost lives and ruined health—are likely to be devastating.

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The "Bootleggers and Baptists" of the Coronavirus Crisis

HealthU.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog03/20/2020

Although it doesn't explain everything, it's always a good idea to ask "who benefits" whenever governments step in to "solve" a crisis.

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Rose Wilder Lane Is Now More Relevant Than Ever

SocialismStrategyU.S. History

Blog03/07/2020

Rose Wilder Lane was one of the past century's most ardent proponents of liberty. Give Me Liberty, which traces her evolution from communism to a devotion to liberty, is as relevant to the present as it was in 1936.

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The Myth of National Guilt

Media and CultureU.S. HistoryPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog03/06/2020

If we insist on "collective" responsibility assigned to entire nations, then we must naturally punish the innocent along with the guilty.

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Rothbard: The Constitution Was a Coup d'État

Book ReviewsU.S. History

Blog02/13/2020

Rothbard took the American Revolution to be mainly libertarian in its inspiration, but he contends that the libertarian impulses of the Revolution were betrayed by a centralizing coup d’état. If Rothbard is right, the Constitution as written provides ample scope for tyranny.

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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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