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The Greatest Thing the Roman Empire Ever Did Was Go Away

World History

Blog1 hour ago

Scheidel contends that the fall of Rome precipitated the kind of competition-driven innovation that made modernity possible in the first place. Rome’s greatest gift to posterity is that, in disappearing, it made room for the West to rise.

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Is Math Racist? That Does Not Compute

EducationMedia and CultureWorld History

Blog02/16/2021

Rather than representing “white supremacy,” the evolution of mathematics has been a globe-, race-, and culture-spanning collaboration of advancements, an ongoing development of more effective tools for anyone to use.

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The World Needs a Gold-Backed Deutsche Mark

Money and BanksWorld HistoryGold Standard

Blog02/12/2021

Reinstating the mark, a peaceful act by a sovereign country, would create a cascade of monetary reform throughout the world. Europe's trading partners would find the cost of necessary imports rising in terms of their local currencies, forcing them to adopt fiscal and monetary responsibility.

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Politics and Ideas

U.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog02/08/2021

In the United States, the two-party system of the old days is seemingly still preserved. But this is only a camouflage of the real situation. In fact, the political life of the United States is determined by the struggle and aspirations of pressure groups.

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Gold Could Offer a Way out of Switzerland's Failing Inflationist Experiment

Central BanksWorld HistoryMoney and Banking

Blog02/06/2021

The Swiss state should end antigold regulations, end negative interest rates, and return to zero rates on bank reserves. These are small steps on their own, perhaps, but would be progress away from the brewing mess that is the eurozone.

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Lessons on Economic Freedom from Ancient Greece

World History

Blog01/27/2021

Economic freedom isn't a modern invention, and ancient Greece can provide some useful examples that show how markets are the engine of prosperity and human flourishing. 

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The Myths behind the "Capitalism Is Racist" Claim

U.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog01/21/2021

Both theory and the empirical research shows a competitive marketplace is incongruous with racism, but the Left insists capitalism is "inherently" racist. 

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A Welcome Attack on Churchill and Wilson

Book ReviewsWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog01/19/2021

What seems to me the great strength of Pankaj Mishra's new book is its demonstration that the atrocities of imperial conquest and rule prefigured the horrors of the European wars of the twentieth century and later wars of conquest as well.

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When It Comes to National Defense, Bigger Isn't Always Better

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog01/18/2021

Many observers of international affairs assume that larger, more populous states are necessarily more powerful. But the reality is wealth and economic development are the most critical factors in securing true military power. 

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