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Willmoore Kendall on Mill and Free Speech

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog09/18/2020

Kendall, a leading twentieth-century conservative, admired Rousseau and thought it was a good thing that Rousseau's "general will" of the people suppresses freedom of opinion.

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Why There's a Left-Right Divide among Libertarians

Political Theory

Blog08/13/2020

Like it or not, libertarians have divided themselves along left-right lines. Here's a brief explanation.

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Walter Berns and the Cult of "Patriotic" Sacrifice

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog07/17/2020

Berns thinks America has a fundamental problem: he believes not enough people in America are willing to sacrifice their lives to the state.

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Why Socialists Love the Phrase "It's Not Real Socialism"

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog06/01/2020

A big reason that socialist ideology has staying power is the tactic of blaming the many failures and disasters of socialist regimes on the alleged fact the regimes "aren't real socialism."

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Why Congressional "Oversight" of the Bureaucracy Is No Such Thing

Bureaucracy and RegulationMedia and Culture

Blog05/27/2020

Neither voters nor politicians watch the bureaucracy very carefully, so they respond as one might expect—advancing their own and their favorites' interests, at the expense of the public they are supposedly working for.

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Why Those COVID-19 Models Aren't Real Science

Bureaucracy and RegulationHealth

Blog05/22/2020

Lord Kelvin once said, “If you cannot measure it, then it is not science” and “your theory is apt to be based more upon imagination than upon knowledge.” This would certainly seem to apply to the many COVID-19 models now used to destroy human rights across the globe.

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Why Central Planning by Medical Experts Will Lead to Disaster

Blog04/09/2020

Medical experts have tunnel vision when it comes to disease and public policy, and they greatly overestimate their own abilities to anticipate unintended costs and consequences.

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What Is the Good Entrepreneur to Do?

The EntrepreneurValue and Exchange

Blog04/04/2020

Some anticapitalists have tried to claim "good" entrepreneurs don't make profit the primary goal. Yet, without profit, an entrepreneur cannot serve the people who depend on him or her for goods and services.

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