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Elizabeth Warren Shouldn't Be So Proud that Her Big Plans Are Already "Paid For"

HealthSocialism

Blog12/21/2019

Politicians are very proud when they can say a proposed program is "paid for." But this only means they've identified their intended victims ahead of time. Naming who will be plundered does not justify plunder.

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Failing to Emigrate Does Not Mean You Give Consent to the State

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog12/20/2019

State agents are wrong when they claim, "If you stay here, you must follow our rules. If you do follow our rules, you have tacitly consented to obey us."

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A Desperate ECB Wants to Eliminate the Eurozone's "Only Saving Grace"

Big GovernmentGlobal EconomyMoney and Banks

Blog12/18/2019

The budgetary restraints that the eurozone placed on member states are now in the crosshairs of ECB President Christine Lagarde. 

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Violence, Homesteading, and the Origins of Private Property

Philosophy and MethodologyPrivate Property

Blog12/13/2019

Even if we find that property was privatized by violence back in the mists of the past, it is not the slightest proof that the abolition of ownership is necessary, advisable, or morally justified.

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Democracy Is Coercive, No Matter What "Civic Republicans" Say

Blog12/06/2019

For an advocate of civil republicanism, you could be drafted into the army, or taxed at very high rates, and that's fine because you participated in a process (democracy) in which you helped pick your own rulers. This view of freedom has a few problems.

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What Venezuela Needs for a Prosperous Future

Blog12/04/2019

Political and economic salvation for Venezuela can come only from the Venezuelan people themselves. They cannot be “forced to be free.”

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John Rawls's Unfortunate Notions of the Nation-State

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog11/29/2019

John Rawls claimed "justice" demands governments use their power to benefit the least well off in a given society. But then he arbitrarily restricts the scope of these programs to particular nation-states. This betrays a fundamental problem with his idea of inequality.

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How Entrepreneurs Learn from the Marketplace

The Entrepreneur

Blog11/28/2019

In a world of demanding and ever-changing consumers, there is always a way to do things better, with greater quality, and at a lower price. Entrepreneurs must learn how to do this, or they will lose out to those who can.

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