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Why Paternalists Keep Calling Us "Irrational"

Calculation and KnowledgeOther Schools of ThoughtPraxeology

Blog01/03/2020

Central planners like Cass Sunstein think our alleged "irrationality" means we need the government to intervene in our daily lives.

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Why Marx Was against Individual Rights

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog12/27/2019

Karl Marx agreed with Rothbard that individual rights lead to inequality. For Marx, though, this was an argument against rights.

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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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Why Entrepreneurs Are Different

The Entrepreneur

Blog09/09/2019

Entrepreneurial action provides the fuel for the constant mining of consumer value. If entrepreneurs cease acting in this way, consumers will cease to see innovation and growing value in the marketplace.

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What We can Learn from Liechtenstein

Decentralization and SecessionWorld History

Blog09/03/2019

The Liechtenstein constitution goes to great pains to place obstacles in the way of exercising state power. It also has provisions explicitly allowing for secession.

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Why Employers Can't Exploit the Workers, Even if They Try

Blog09/02/2019

In a competitive economy, employers are unable to pocket the surplus produced by workers. If the employers try to do this, they lose market share and their best workers.

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Why Powell Fears a Gold Standard

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog07/20/2019

The fact that politicians, central bankers, and “too big to fail” bankers all oppose a gold standard is a tacit admission that hard money would serve as an effective constraint on their activities.

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World War I: A Revisionist Reading List

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog06/18/2019

These books and authors criticize the decision of the United States in 1917 to enter WWI, the bad results of the treaties that ended the war, and the propaganda designed to induce the public to accept the war against the Central Powers.

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