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The Idea that Democracy Is the Same as Liberty Is a Weapon in the Hands of Despots

Blog11/03/2020

Probably no other belief is now so much a threat to liberty…as the one that democracy, by itself alone, guarantees liberty.

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Massachusetts Is Back with More "Right to Repair" Nonsense

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog11/02/2020

The new "right to repair" measure on the ballot in Massachusetts has very little to do with rights, and a lot to do with new costly and bureaucratic mandates on automakers. 

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Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem Exposes a Big Problem with Democracy

Blog11/02/2020

Kenneth Arrow showed in 1951 that the entire project of social choice theory rested on quicksand.

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The Benefits of Secession Are Becoming Increasingly Obvious

Decentralization and Secession

Blog10/31/2020

"Countries threaten to split apart when their people seem hopelessly divided….We’re less united today than we’ve been at any time since the Civil War."

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How I Survived Travel to a "Democracy" Where I Had No Vote

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog10/31/2020

If democracy is so fundamental, shouldn’t we all have a vote in every place we set foot, from Sunbury, Alaska, to Monaco?

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Close Elections Force Us to Ask Unpleasant Questions about Democracy

StrategyPolitical Theory

Blog10/31/2020

A very close or contested election would remind us that elections do not demonstrate "the will of the people" and that national unity is founded on some very fragile myths. 

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How to Be a True Benefactor in Society

Blog10/31/2020

Politicians love to present themselves as benefactors of mankind. In truth, they add nothing to the happiness and well-being of the voters they hope to exploit. 

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American Voters: Don't Look to Europe as a Model

Bureaucracy and RegulationEconomic FreedomTaxes and Spending

Blog10/31/2020

As we face a second wave of coronavirus outbreak in Europe, we know that the March measures and aggressive lockdowns were a grave mistake.

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