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Why the Swiss Voted for More Gun Control

World History

Blog06/19/2019

What is particularly scary is that the whole argument for the new law was not really about saving lives or reducing gun violence, but is really about Brussels ordering Switzerland to modify gun laws to comply with EU gun control standards.

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Why the Elites Look Down on Manual Labor

Labor and Wages

Blog05/18/2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is aghast that some people like to pick up a few bucks doing work which brings no prestige. This is part of a larger obsession among politicians with de-valuing and working against unglamorous jobs that involve "dirty" work.

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Why Do Socialists Hate Families?

Political Theory

Blog04/26/2019

Families provide an example of social bonds without private property, prices, and “capitalist exploitation.” So, it's odd that Marx wanted to abolish the family.

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Will Conservatives See the Light on Secession?

U.S. History

Blog04/18/2019

Many on the Left still cling to the idea that if they can only elect "the right people," everything will be fine. This is a doomed strategy.

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Why Grover Cleveland Is Mostly Forgotten Today

Blog02/06/2019

Cleveland was a staunch critic of government subsidies and crony privileges. He saw no constitutional justification for welfare and famously stated: “Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.”

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Why Taiwan Grew Rich While the Mainland Starved

Global EconomyWorld History

Blog01/23/2019

Although hardly "free-market" in any doctrinaire way, the relatively free economy of Taiwan delivered immense growth in standards of living while many Chinese on the mainland starved.

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When "Mental Health" Is Used to Empower the State

Legal System

Blog03/20/2018

Broadening state powers to declare people "mentally ill" is a dangerous proposition. 

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Why Robots Won't Cause Mass Unemployment

Calculation and Knowledge

Blog08/02/2017

There will always be jobs because there will always be scarcity. Human wants are unlimited, yet the resources are limited — even with robots.

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