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How the Federalists Stacked the Deck to Win Ratification

U.S. History


The Federalists employed all the tricks: from delaying the postal delivery of Antifederalists' pamphlets to waging a propaganda war in the press. The Federalists also did their best to limit suffrage only to groups likely to vote for ratification.  

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How Defamation Suits Are Used to Stifle Free Speech

U.S. History


There is no place in a free society for a government that sues private citizens for defamation. But even between private parties, defamation suits are often used by the powerful to silence others.

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How Marriage Patterns May Have Helped Fuel Europe's Rise to Wealth

World History


Many factors help explain the rise of the West, including both decentralization and the embrace of laissez-faire. But Europe's unusual pattern of family formation is also a likely and important factor. 

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How Facebook Turned Its Market Success into a Culture War on America

U.S. History


Corporate America—from Facebook to Google to Major League Baseball—got rich by giving the consumers what they want. Now these big firms will use their riches to crush their ideological enemies. That's life in a "mixed economy." 

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How the Constitutional Convention Vastly Expanded the Powers of the President

U.S. History


After centralizing political power in the presidency to a level unfathomable to most Americans, the nationalists had succeeded, and the new Constitution was ready to be sprung upon an unsuspecting country. 

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How Families Fuel Economic Development

Labor and Wages


Stable families offer better conditions for specialization and economies of scale. This in turn fuels both social and economic development. 

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How Covid Put an End to Your Right to Due Process

Property Rights


The covid panic brought an end to due process in many ways. Among these are the end of speedy trials and the end of a timely hearing for landlords to obtain evictions. Meanwhile, governments have seized private businesses with no due process at all. 

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How Monetary Expansion Creates Income and Wealth Inequality


Economic inequality caused by money printing benefits most those who claim to stand up for "the little guy" and denounce "trickle-down" markets. But there is nothing more "trickle down" than government money printing from on high.

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