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The Benefits of a Free Society during Pandemics

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionHealth

Blog03/27/2020

The idea that a free and mostly privatized society would let pandemics rage unchecked is based on a crude caricature. The truth is that a free society offers flexibility and resilience that a centralized system lacks.

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The Noncrime Known as "Price Gouging"

The EntrepreneurFree MarketsPrice Controls

Anti–price gouging laws mean that those who really end up getting the short end of the stick are those who don't have the time or the means to beat the crowds to the store. Worse off are those of lesser means who rely on public transportation or walking to transport groceries home.

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The Economy Is Not a Factory—Nor Should We Try to Make It One

The EntrepreneurCalculation and KnowledgeEntrepreneurship

Blog02/08/2020

The economy is not primarily about the adjustment of capital investment across industries and firms, but about the determination of which industries and types of production will exist—and who will be involved in this future production.

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The True Costs of Bad Economists, Explained

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/28/2020

In terms of economics, what currently is should be of very little importance: what matters, and that we should seek to understand, is the process that brought it about and that will create what will be in its place.

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The Hidden Link Between Fiat Money and the Increasing Appeal of Socialism

Money and Banking

Blog11/27/2019

The psychological impact of a lifetime within a fiat money economy cannot be underestimated. With more wealth seemingly available at the click of a computer button, refusal to spend more on government programs must stem only from cruelty and greed.

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The Feds Spend More on National-Debt Interest Than You Think

U.S. Economy

Blog11/06/2019

As the government continues to pile up trillion dollar deficits, when interest rates return to a historical norm, interest payments on the national debt may exceed payments to Social Security recipients.

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The EU's Protectionist Impulses Are Showing in Turkey Deal

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog10/22/2019

EU politicians and technocrats like to present themselves as progressive and enlightened policymakers. But that virtuous mask slipped after German auto giant Volkswagen announced that its new facility would be located in Turkey instead of an EU member nation.

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The Difference Between Ecology and Economics

The Environment

Blog10/15/2019

Environmentalists rightly point out it is very difficult to manage a complex ecosystem. But they conveniently ignore the fact it's even more difficult to manage an economic system — especially one thrown into disarray by environmental regulations.

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