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The Noncrime Known as "Price Gouging"

The EntrepreneurFree MarketsPrice Controls

Anti-price gouging laws mean that those who really end up getting the short end of the stick are those who don't have the time or the means to beat the crowds to the store. Worse off are those of lesser means who rely on public transportation or walking to transport groceries home.

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Why Taiwan Hasn't Shut Down Its Economy

Taiwan's response to COVID-19 mostly means self-imposed quarantines and more transparency. It's basically the opposite of what Europe is doing.

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COVID-19 and the Planners’ Need to Plan

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationCalculation and Knowledge

Blog03/26/2020

Despite the fact that the CDC’s formal name includes the word “Prevention” and that its stated goals include various planning buzzwords, its managing of the COVID-19 response has been an unmitigated disaster.

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Politicians Have Used This Crisis to Remind Us They're Mostly Wannabe Dictators

Big GovernmentPolitical Theory

Blog03/26/2020

From small villages to Capitol Hill, politicians are using every opportunity to void the Bill of Rights and abolish all limits on their power.

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More than Half of All US COVID-19 Deaths Occur in Only Four States

Blog03/25/2020

The effects of COVID-19 are not evenly distributed in the United States. Only certain regions are facing sizable strains on their resources. A nationwide lockdown would create huge economic costs for regions where the the costs of disease have been relatively low.

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The Government's Pandemic Strategy Is a Reckless One

Health

Blog03/25/2020

It's time to stop pretending that the policies favored by some biologists—who know nothing about how economies work to lessen the health effects of poverty—come without grave costs to public health.

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Fear Makes It Easy for Governments to Expand Power

Big GovernmentHealthLegal System

Blog03/25/2020

Why are governments so enthusiastic about shutting down businesses when other less draconian measures are available and prudent? The answer lies in the fact that governments can act with near impunity and want to maximize their power.

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