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Economists and Psychologists Are Weaponizing Psychology and the Idea of "Rationality"

Bureaucracy and RegulationFinancial MarketsPaternalismPlanning

Blog02/16/2021

Behavioral economists and psychologists define as irrational anything that doesn't fit into a narrow model of behavior. Anything "irrational"—like buying the "wrong" stock—must be fixed with government regulation.

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The Fight over Economics Is a Fight over Culture

ProgressivismU.S. History

Blog02/15/2021

Explaining good economic theory is about explaining how the other side is ripping you off.

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Everything They Don't Like Is Now a Public Health Emergency

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog02/15/2021

What will be called a public health issue next? Gun violence (been there), transphobia (done that), religion, private schools and home schools? We would not be the first nation to lose its liberties on the installment plan. 

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Pennsylvanians May Amend Constitution to Stop Endless Lockdowns

Bureaucracy and RegulationDecentralization and SecessionLegal System

Blog02/15/2021

Not only will these amendments reduce the abuse of emergency declarations, but they will also help to decentralize power within Pennsylvania. While covid has allowed the executive branch to run wild, Pennsylvania is actually structured in a way that makes the decentralization of power easier.

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Why Hazlitt Opposed the Bretton Woods System

U.S. HistoryGold StandardMoney and Banking

That Bretton Woods was called a gold standard was an exercise in obfuscation. It happened for the same reason that NAFTA was called free trade. The state has long used the language of the market economy as a plow to push through its opposite.

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George Will's Tepid Defense of Freedom

Book ReviewsDemocracyPolitical Theory

Blog02/13/2021

With his latest book, George Will has inched back toward his libertarian roots. But he is still far too enamored of the Tory paternalism that has long infected his work. 

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State-Mandated Vaccines Are a Moral Minefield

HealthPraxeology

Blog02/13/2021

Forcing one person to take medication or vaccines for the benefit of another person is directly opposed to basic notions of self-ownership and human rights. 

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In the Culture War, Conservatives Turn against Wall Street

Financial Markets

Blog02/12/2021

For conservative populists, Wall Street now is the Washington establishment, indistinguishable from the oligarchs of Silicon Valley; Washington, DC; and the New York Times.

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