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Media Focus on Mass Shootings Shows Disconnect from Actual Crime Trends

Legal System

Blog08/03/2019

Most Americans say crime has gotten worse over the past decade. They're wrong. Moreover, the focus on mass shootings appears misplaced when mass-shooting deaths make up less than one percent of all homicide deaths.

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Plastic Bans: Imaginary Benefits, Real Costs

Big GovernmentThe Environment

Blog08/03/2019

Proposals to ban single-use plastics is yet another triumph of symbolism over substance. Unfortunately, while the benefits are largely illusory, the costs are quite real.

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Baltimore's Homicide Rate Is Ten Times Larger than the US Rate

Legal System

Blog08/02/2019

When it comes to Baltimore being a haven of appalling violent crime, Trump's not wrong. Although it has strict gun control laws, Baltimore's homicide rate is comparable to that of El Salvador and Venezuela.

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The Fed Rate Cut Shows the Fed Is Either Clueless or Lying. Or Both.

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog08/01/2019

With its latest rate cut, the Fed is either caving to pressure from the Trump administration, or the Fed is admitting the economy is weaker than stated. Or the Fed simply doesn't know what's going on.

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The United States Is Not a Nation: The Problem with "National Conservatism"

Decentralization and SecessionU.S. History

Blog07/31/2019

The United States is not a nation. From the very beginning it was more of a collection of various nations united by ideas of political unity and by fairly high levels of tolerance for other groups within that union. The US certainly contains nations, but it was never a single nation.

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Interest Rate Increases: How Fast is "Too Fast?"

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog07/30/2019

Donald Trump thinks the Fed raised rates "too fast." In truth, rates have been at remarkably low rates for the past decade. And how would Trump know how fast is "too fast" anyway?

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Wage Earners and Employers

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologyProduction Theory

07/29/2019Mises Daily Articles
The characteristic principle of capitalism is that it is mass production to supply the masses. Big business serves the many.
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Capitalism Isn't the Reason We're Unhappy

PovertyU.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog07/26/2019

The theory goes like this: capitalism combines with consumerism and advertising to make us sad, lonely, and forever chasing after material goods. So we consume endlessly and the Machiavellian capitalists reap the rewards. It's not a great theory.

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