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Cotton Pickin' Sanctions

Economic PolicyProtectionism and Free TradeU.S. EconomyWar and Foreign Policy


On yet another crusade, US authorities have sanctioned Chinese cotton imports. The sanctions won't change Chinese policies but they will create hardships for many.

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Chess, Trans Athletes, and Free Markets in Sports

Bureaucracy and RegulationLawMedia and Culture


Is there a way out of the seemingly intractable demands that trans athletes who are "transitioning" from male to female be permitted to compete with female athletes? There may be a free-market solution.

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Civilian Control, Unicorns, and Other Bedtime Stories: The Military Does What It Wants

Big GovernmentThe Police StateU.S. History


Forget the notion that the Armed Forces are under civilian control.What the generals want, the generals get.

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Can We Find a Basis for Private Property Rights?

LawProperty RightsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology


While Murray Rothbard believed that self-ownership formed the basis for private property rights, other philosophers disagree.

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Cultural Appropriation: The Nontheft of Something No One Owns

Media and CulturePolitics


Progressives have created a new thought crime: cultural appropriation. However, one cannot appropriate something that is not owned by anyone else.

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Consumer Credit Is Expanding Even While the Fed Pushes up Interest Rates

InflationMonetary PolicyTaxes and SpendingU.S. Economy


As the economy slowly deteriorates, consumer debt rises. In the meantime, the Fed is pushing up interest rates to deal with the inflation it caused. This does not end well.

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China’s Maneuvering and the New Balance of Power

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History


Washington is paranoid of current Chinese actions. However, it is Washington that has been the aggressor in world affairs.

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China Enters the Doom Loop

Booms and BustsGlobal Economy


China's authoritarian gerontocracy has built a Doom Loop with Chinese characteristics, with over half the economy now crashing.

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