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Don't Forget About the Trade War

Global EconomyProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog02/27/2020

Trump clearly views trade in a zero-sum, mercantilist manner, with the country possessing a deficit “losing” and “down.” But continuing the trade war only makes recession more likely for both sides. Luckily China is stalling on committing to a trade agreement.

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Do People Really Seek to Maximize Profit?

Calculation and KnowledgeValue and Exchange

Blog02/04/2020

Economics is not intent upon pronouncing value judgments. It aims at a cognition of the consequences of certain modes of acting.

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Death to Prohibition

Big GovernmentHealthU.S. History

Blog01/17/2020

The repeated failure of prohibition may be just the catalyst that Austrian economics needs to gain traction with the American public.

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Democracy Is Coercive, No Matter What "Civic Republicans" Say

Blog12/06/2019

For an advocate of civil republicanism, you could be drafted into the army, or taxed at very high rates, and that's fine because you participated in a process (democracy) in which you helped pick your own rulers. This view of freedom has a few problems.

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Don't Want a Liquidity Trap? More Saving Is the Answer

Blog11/19/2019

The fact that central bank policies become ineffective in reviving the economy is not due to the liquidity trap, but because of the decline in the pool of real savings. This decline emerges due to loose monetary and fiscal policies.

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Don't Trust the Government with Breathalyzers and other Forensic Evidence

Legal System

Blog11/16/2019

Government police, analysts, and lab workers have been repeatedly shown using faulty technology, forging documents, and falsifying lab results to arrest, prosecute, and convict innocent citizens.

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Defining Poverty

Blog11/15/2019

One of the great problems involved in setting a standard of poverty is the ever-changing concept of "adequate" nutrition. Recently a nutrition survey concluded that "only one person in a thousand escapes malnutrition!"

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