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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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Private Ownership: A Must

Private Property

Blog11/28/2019

If capitalism did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it — and its discovery would be rightly regarded as one of the great triumphs of the human mind.

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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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When Nassim Taleb Channels Ludwig von Mises

Philosophy and MethodologyValue and Exchange

Blog11/28/2019

Jeff Deist pithily describes Taleb’s prose as “Rothbard meets Hayek.” But Taleb shares some ideas in common with Ludwig von Mises as well.

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Politicians Want Thanksgiving To Be Political. Ignore Them.

Media and CultureU.S. History

Blog11/27/2019

Thanksgiving started out as a terribly political holiday. But it has gotten better with age as more people have been interested in beer and football than in politics.

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How Not To Be a CIA Propagandist

Big GovernmentMedia and CultureStrategyThe Police StateWar and Foreign Policy

11/27/2019Audio/Video
Daniel McAdams speaks at the 2019 Ron Paul Symposium in Lake Jackson, Texas.
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Catholics and Libertarians

Anthony Flood has written a defense of the compatibility of Austro-libertarianism with Roman Catholic thought, in response to a book by Christopher Ferrara critical of Austrian economics and libertarian ideas.

11/27/2019Power & Market
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The Berlin Wall: Doomed by Economics

World History

Blog11/27/2019

The Soviets, the Nazis, the Khmer Rouge — these totalitarian regimes would have failed even without any intervention from geopolitical rivals. The socialist systems would have been conquered not by standing armies, but by economics.

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