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Rothbard: The Constitution Was a Coup d'État

Book ReviewsU.S. History

Blog02/13/2020

Rothbard took the American Revolution to be mainly libertarian in its inspiration, but he contends that the libertarian impulses of the Revolution were betrayed by a centralizing coup d’état. If Rothbard is right, the Constitution as written provides ample scope for tyranny.

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Remembering Burt Blumert

02/11/2020Power & Market

Today would have been the ninety-first birthday of Burt Blumert, one of the greatest personalities of the modern libertarian movement.

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Rothbard on Our Debt to Society

07/26/2019Power & Market

Robert Nozick's point that we cannot be taxed on the grounds that we are in part 'social products' is taken from  Murray Rothbard's Power and Market.

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Remembering George Mason and the Virginia Declaration of Rights

Blog06/12/2019

June 12 was the day the Virginia Declaration of Rights, penned by George Mason, was ratified by the Fifth Virginia Convention in 1776. And it has pride of place as the first of several declarations of rights in the era.

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Rent Control and Minimum Wage Laws Harm Those Who Are Supposed to Benefit

Blog10/16/2018

Government policy often lumps together many people it shouldn't — assuming that everyone in the group labeled "poor" or "low-income" will all benefit equally. 

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Rothbard, Rockwell, and the Mises Institute

History of the Austrian School of Economics

Blog09/01/2018

"Murray Rothbard would later say 'Without the founding of the Mises Institute, I am convinced the whole Misesian program would have collapsed.'"

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Review:Justice in the Marketplace in Early Modern Spain: Saravia, Villalón, and the Religious Origins of Economic Analysis

History of the Austrian School of Economics

12/14/2017Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
The School of Salamanca is said to have founded the modern study of economics and tremendous insight is provided by D’Emic’s study to prove that point.
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Rent Control Makes for Good Politics and Bad Economics

The EntrepreneurPolitical Theory

Blog04/10/2017
Politicians see that rent control is an easy way to buy some votes from many voters. Sadly, the policy only ends up hurting renters in the long run.
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