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Economist Ben Powell Reports on His Worldwide Tour of Socialist Countries

Global EconomyOther Schools of Thought

08/06/2019Audio/Video
Bob Murphy and Ben Powell discuss Ben's newly-released book Socialism Sucks , co-authored with Robert Lawson.
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Can Boris Turn a Hard Brexit Into a Tax Cut?

Decentralization and SecessionGlobal EconomyTaxes and Spending

Blog08/06/2019

The establishment media are still wrong-footed on Brexit. Johnson's hardball approach could be a big win for the UK.

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Mexicans Are Safer in El Paso than in Mexico

Legal SystemWorld History

Blog08/05/2019

Mexican politicians are claiming Mexican nationals are unsafe in the US. Meanwhile, Mexico's homicide rate - fueled by strict gun-control laws -  has soared to five times that of the US.

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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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