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Even if COVID-19 Goes Away, the Economy Isn't Going Back to "Normal"

The FedGlobal EconomyU.S. History

Blog06/18/2020

When the current panic and crisis began, we were already in the late stages of a long asset price bubble. The crisis has exposed the fragility of the current system and we won't be going back to where we were before.

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Are We on the Cusp of a New Progressive Era?

Bureaucracy and RegulationProgressivismU.S. History

Blog06/17/2020

If current political and economic trends continue, the 2020s will usher in a new period of drastically increased government activity and regulation of the economy.

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Rothbard's Rules

Booms and BustsU.S. HistoryInterventionism

Blog06/11/2020

Murray Rothbard’s number one rule in an economic crisis is for the government not to interfere with the market’s adjustment process. Doing so will only perpetuate the crisis.

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The COVID Panic Canceled Many Graduation Speeches. Thank Goodness.

U.S. History

Blog06/10/2020

Thanks to the COVID-19 panic this year, graduates at America's institutions of higher education missed the "opportunity" to be lectured by some celebrity or politician about the importance of "giving back" to the community, or being yourself, or following your dreams.

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The Great Society: A Lesson in American Central Planning

Book ReviewsSocialismU.S. History

Blog06/09/2020

In the 1960s, politicians and bureaucrats had nearly unbounded faith in the ability to plan a nearly perfect society. Things didn't turn out as they had planned.

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The Media Has Conveniently Forgotten George W. Bush's Many Atrocities

Media and CultureU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Blog06/04/2020

George W. Bush has resurfaced to pander to the Left and the media in hopes of getting some attention. Apparently, Bush's brutal history of lies, wars, and torture is all fine now since he said some nice things condemning racism.

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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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