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No, Governor, Rights Are NOT Government-Issued Privileges That You Can Suspend

LawMedia and CultureProgressivismProperty RightsThe Police State


The recent executive order by New Mexico's governor suspending gun rights in part of the state demonstrates not only her ignorance of the law, but also her greater ignorance of the origin of rights.

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Not Even a Pencil Could Exist without Fossil Fuels

Economic FreedomEconomic PolicyThe Environment


Leonard Read's famous "I, Pencil" explained the workings of the market in terms of the creation of a simple pencil. However, we should not forget that the reviled fossil fuels are involved at every turn.

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NATO's Great New Idea: "Let’s Start a War with China!"

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy


Last week NATO announced that it will open its first-ever Asia office in Japan. What next, NATO membership for Taiwan?

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Neither Red nor Blue, but Free

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionMedia and Culture


The real issue we face is not whether we should be in the red tribe or the blue tribe, but rather what will be the constituency for freedom.

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No, the Financial Crisis Is Not Over

Booms and BustsThe FedMoney and BanksU.S. Economy


As markets settle down after the last set of bank failures, political elites claim the crisis is behind us. But it is not over, not by a long shot.

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Nonmeasure for Nonmeasure



How do people in a pluralistic society live peacefully with each other? In his review of Kenneth McIntyre's book, David Gordon points to negative liberty as the best way to preserve values.

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No, We Don't Need More Nuclear Weapons

War and Foreign Policy


Advocates for more military spending tell us the taxpayer must pay to expand the US's nuclear arsenal.  Because of China. In truth, the US's arsenal is in no danger of not "keeping up."

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