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We Cannot Build an Economy on Lies

U.S. History

Blog05/11/2021

American journalists and academics have invented a fairy tale in which "free market orthodoxy" has dominated political thinking in America for the past forty years. This is not even slightly true, but pundits repeat the lie again and again. 

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An Autoethnographic Account of the Free Market: My Father

Free MarketsU.S. History

Blog05/08/2021

Autoethnographies place the self within a social, historical context. In this one, Michael Rectenwald approaches the free market from the standpoint of his own experience.

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The Debate over the Scope of National Power

U.S. History

Blog04/27/2021

The nationalists at the Constitutional Convention had so far carried the substance of their program: the creation of a supreme national government and a Congress empowered to veto state laws whenever Congress thought the states "incompetent." 

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It's Time to End the Embargo against Cuba

U.S. History

Blog04/27/2021

Now that Cuban president Raul Castro has resigned the presidency of Cuba, will the US government lift its six-decade economic embargo against Cuba? Don't bet on it.

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Why Empowering Organized Labor Will Definitely Not Help the Economy

U.S. History

Blog04/26/2021

Contrary to what Krugman might argue, the growth of organized labor in the US workforce was much more the work of government prodding and outright coercion than it was a natural progression of the American workplace.

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12 Myths Fueling Government Overreach in Times of Crisis

U.S. History

Blog04/22/2021

We must act now! It's better to do something than nothing! This has never happened before! The experts will show us the way! From the great depression to the crises of today, we hear these claims over and over again. 

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Elections in the Bicameral Congress

U.S. History

Blog04/20/2021

The fragmentation of power into many small local units is likely to make oppression of minorities more difficult. On the other hand, consolidation of power into a single popularly-elected Congress posed a grave threat to the rights of ordinary Americans. 

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The Plan to Save the the Postal Service by Making It Even Worse

U.S. History

Blog04/15/2021

The post office can't seem to balance its books. So like all monopolists, the postal service plans to "improve" things by increasing prices and making its service even worse. 

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Politicians Concerned about Violence Should Start by Ending Their Wars and Their Police State

U.S. History

Blog04/15/2021

When politicians claim to deplore violence, its hard to take them seriously when they have a long track record of supporting brutal and arbitrary violence both at home and abroad. 

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America’s "Great Men" and the Constitutional Convention

U.S. History

Blog04/14/2021

The nationalists in favor of a new constitution in 1787 sent their richest, most schooled,  and most "distinguished" men. Fortunately for them, ceteris paribus, the more distinguished any given gathering, the more statist and reactionary it will likely be. 

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