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The Federal "Crimes" of the College Admission Scandal Aren't Real Crimes

Legal SystemMedia and Culture

Blog01/13/2020

All of the “crimes” tied to this case are essentially fictional charges that are derived from some other action. These are "derivative crimes," based on invented violations such as "false statements" or "obstructing the mails."

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The Disaster of Zimbabwe's Price Controls

Global EconomyWorld History

Blog12/16/2019

Zimbabwe's government has embraced a potent mixture of monetary inflation and price controls. The result has been economic disaster.

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The Woke Media: Apologists for the State

Media and Culture

Blog12/09/2019

Woke journalists are not barriers to state-sponsored oppression, but rather its enablers.

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The Rise of Woke Capitalism

Bureaucracy and RegulationThe Entrepreneur

Blog07/25/2019

It is highly unlikely that Woke Big Business on its own can turn the US into a totalitarian society. Historically speaking, business policies have followed the lead of governments, not the other way around. The state remains the real threat.

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The Data Shows Socialists — Not Sanctions — Destroyed Venezuela's Economy

Cronyism and CorporatismProtectionism and Free TradeSocialism

Blog07/04/2019

If we stick to the data, regardless of which socioeconomic indicator we choose, it seems clear that the sharp economic downturn began long before 2017.

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The Green Movement's Anti-Humanism

The Environment

Blog07/04/2019

Having failed to show that capitalism impoverishes people, socialists have invented a new victim of material prosperity: the environment. But this latest turn is the most disturbing of all in its knee-jerk hatred for human beings and human life.

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The Cost of the Enlightenment

Media and CultureWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog03/26/2019

The fruit of the Enlightenment has been the growth and centralization of the state, at the expense of all other institutions. The material plenty we enjoy today are in spite of this change, not because of it.

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The Death of Venezuelan Federalism — and the Rise of Socialism

As Venezuela shows, the abolition of federalism and other forms of decentralization have often been a prelude to a turn toward socialism.

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