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It is precisely during a crisis that private property, the price mechanism, and the profit and loss system are most important, and when the government can do the most damage.
Big GovernmentGlobal Economy
Philipp Bagus reports from Spain: when people are frightened enough, they'll let the state do pretty much anything.
Protectionism and Free Trade
Protectionists think China is a geopolitical threat. I get that. But their (weak) arguments about China don't apply at all to the rest of the world.
The FedFinancial MarketsMonetary Policy
By being so dovish for so long, the Fed has greatly limited what it can do in case of recession without resorting to untried and radical solutions like negative rates.
Philosophy and Methodology
Susan Neiman contends Southerners need to acknowledge guilt for slavery, segregation, and lynching, and "work off" the past. But collective responsibility is a chimera, and a dangerous one at that.
Free MarketsPhilosophy and Methodology
Free market economics is often ignorantly dismissed for being "ideological" rather than scientific. It probably sounds smart to the economically illiterate, but it is decidedly not.
Protectionism and Free TradeEntrepreneurship
Innovations aren't very useful unless they serve consumers in the marketplace. Otherwise, we're pursuing innovation for its own sake, and that isn't progress.
War and Foreign Policy
There's no evidence Trump is more trigger-happy than any other president, but the presidency's unchecked nuclear-launch power will remain a problem both now and with future presidents.