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Intellectual Property: Innovation Should Serve Consumers, Not Producers

Protectionism and Free TradeEntrepreneurship

Blog02/06/2020

Innovations aren't very useful unless they serve consumers in the marketplace. Otherwise, we're pursuing innovation for its own sake, and that isn't progress.

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The State of the Union: An Annual Reminder of Inevitable Default

02/05/2020Power & Market

The political equivalent of Crystal Pepsi, Donald Trump and the Republican Party have given up their long-standing façade of budgetary restraint.

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Brexit Voters Aren't As "Irrational" As Their Opponents Think

Global EconomySubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog02/05/2020

Some anti-Brexit pundits tried to frame the Brexit debate as one of savvy economics-minded people against economic illiterates. These people missed the point.

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What Year Did Healthcare Become a "Right"?

Blog02/05/2020

Was healthcare a natural right two hundred years ago? If so, how is it that this "right" to eighteenth-century medicine morphed into a right to MRIs and chemotherapy? Do rights change with technology? That's not how rights work.

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Shhhh: Repo Operation in Process

The FedFinancial Markets

Blog02/05/2020

These days, the commercial banking system isn’t where the action is. Instead, it’s the shadow banking system that needs direct feeding to goose inflation—at least inflation in asset prices, and also to keep the debt service on the nation’s debt as low as possible.

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Do People Really Seek to Maximize Profit?

Calculation and KnowledgeValue and Exchange

Blog02/04/2020

Economics is not intent upon pronouncing value judgments. It aims at a cognition of the consequences of certain modes of acting.

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And Rightly So: The Wisdom of Neil McCaffrey

Book Reviews

Lew Rockwell reviews a newly released collection of Neil McCaffrey's letters and other writings, which reveal his relationships with members of the early libertarian movement such as Murray Rothbard.

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South Korea’s Neo-Mercantilist Growth Engine Has Stalled

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismLabor and WagesWorld History

Blog02/04/2020

After very quickly becoming an advanced economy, South Korea is experiencing declining growth and labor productivity. The culprit, as usual, is government intervention in the market to favor certain interests.

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