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California Heads toward Disaster with Yet Another Rent Control Ballot Measure

Price ControlsPrivate Property

Blog03/07/2020

Rent control looks good in the short run, but over time it means less housing and higher real costs for most ordinary people.

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Christine Lagarde’s New Vision for the ECB

Financial MarketsMoney and Banks

Blog03/04/2020

Although consensus building surely is an important and noble pursuit, one would think that it wouldn't really fall within the purview of a central bank president. It’s been clear for a long time that allowing politics to influence monetary policy carries significant and numerous risks.

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Coronavirus: Central Banks Stand Ready with More "Stimulus"

Financial MarketsGlobal EconomyMonetary Policy

Blog03/03/2020

There are echoes of the 1973 oil shock in the current virus scare and resulting economic seize-up. Central banks are likely to respond similarly: with "stimulus" and inflation.

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Central Banking since the 2008 Financial Crisis

The Fed

Blog02/25/2020

In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, the Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world adopted new “tools” to influence economic activity in addition to its standard open market operations.

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Coerced Confessions: How the Plea Bargain Replaced Physical Torture

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog02/15/2020

When the government created public police forces one hundred years ago, they often relied on torture to extract confessions. But now they have new methods: threatening to pile on new charges until the defendant takes a plea agreement.

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China's Economic Schemes Hurt the Chinese Most of All

Free MarketsGlobal EconomyProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog02/12/2020

Like Trump, I want China to stop manipulating its economy. But not for the same reasons Trump does.

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California's Anti-Self-Employment Law Is Already Crushing Freelancers

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationLabor and Wages

Blog01/18/2020

State lawmakers possess an infinite source of good intentions. Wielding the power of this limitless benevolence and munificence, politicians are regulating the lives of citizens while eviscerating their existence in the process.

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Conservatives Are Increasingly Wrong about Market Freedom

Cronyism and CorporatismLabor and WagesMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog01/10/2020

The conservative case against market freedom is based on the belief that if change disrupts the status quo in any way, or if companies impose cost reductions that result in a shifting of employment — or even some layoffs — then government should step in and take control.

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