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Governments Are the Real Price Gougers

Blog05/08/2020

Although politicians lecture private companies for raising prices, it is governments that have for decades raised the prices of goods and services by limiting supply and raising costs.

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Governments Make Us More Vulnerable in a Pandemic

Blog04/17/2020

If you are shocked by the extent to which Canada’s various governments have shut down the economy with the onset of COVID-19, you should be more shocked by how much they shut it down before COVID-19.

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Government "Accountability" Isn't Real Accountability

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog06/28/2019

Being held accountabile in the real world usually means making reparations for incompetence or malice. But this sort of accountability almost never applies to governments.

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Government's Counterproductive War Against Smoking

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog04/20/2019

The data does not show that government taxes and regulation have been responsible for declines in smoking. At the same time, government approved cigarettes may be more dangerous than black market cigarettes.

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Government Pensions, Incentives, and Our Everlasting Welfare State

Taxes and Spending

Blog03/07/2019

It turns out that workforce participation drops off significantly once it becomes possible to live off a government pension instead. Thus, pension policies have placed an enormous burden on those who still have to work.

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Government Road Management: Is There a Better Way?

Blog02/19/2019

With roads, it is time to give private enterprise a chance.

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Government Police Fail to Make Arrests In Nearly Half of Murder Cases

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog10/11/2018

Many urban police departments fail to make arrests in even half of the murder cases in their jurisdictions. Imagine if a private sector policing firm had a similar rate of failure.

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Government Counterfeiting — Not Capitalism — Squeezes Family Budgets

Money and BanksPovertyMoney and Banking

Blog08/23/2018

In a world of rampant central bank intervention and endless government regulation, some are still claiming we live in a world of "hypercapitalism."

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