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When It Comes to Masks, There Is No "Settled Science"

Big GovernmentHealthSocialism

Blog07/28/2020

A survey of the research shows that the science of mask wearing is hardly "settled." And this up-in-the-air nature of it all is a reminder of how immoral it is to impose mandates on people, backed with state violence.

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What If We Didn't Have Police at All?

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog06/10/2020

We already employ a wide variety of nonpolice crime deterrent strategies, from private gun ownership to security cameras to private security. Meanwhile, in spite of the proliferation of police and police departments, crime, rioting, and looting endure.

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Why It's Rational to Fear Cops

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog06/05/2020

Not all (or even most) police are needlessly violent. But it is rational to conclude, upon seeing a person in a police uniform, that this person can—if he wishes to—abuse his power with near impunity.

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Walter Bagehot and the Problem of the "Lender of Last Resort"

Money and Banks

Blog09/19/2019

James Grant's new book Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian, reveals there we can still learn a lot from the world that existed before our modern era of central banking.

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We Don't Need Any More Big, Visionary Government

Blog03/22/2019

American politicians used to "think big." Americans nowadays seem to have lost their enthusiasm for that sort of thing. And that's a good thing. 

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What States Are Doing to Offer More Currency Competition

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog12/29/2018

The destruction of sound money over the past century stems from actions at the federal level, but there are steps which states can take — and even have already taken — to move toward sound money.

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What the Fake History of Guns Can Teach Us

Blog12/07/2018

The academic trends in recent decades demonstrate just how far academia has fallen (or, alternatively, how bad it has always been) when it comes to fashionable political agendas.

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What's Next for Brazil's "New Right"?

Blog12/03/2018

Brazil's new president has made many statements favorable to many pro-market reforms. But will he focus on economic reforms or the social conservatism favored by many of his supporters?

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