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What Would Murray Say About the Coronavirus?

Big GovernmentHealth

If government scientists claim that they have discovered a vaccine for the coronavirus, can the government force us to take it? Can they force us into quarantines? These are the sort of problems we can solve if we look to Murray for help.

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Why Don't Pro-Tax Millionaires Just Pay More Tax Voluntarily?

Political TheoryPraxeology

Blog02/28/2020

Many rich people publicly support measures to "raise taxes on the rich." This is because the cost of voting to give away $1 million is far lower than the cost of actually giving it away.

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Why Wall Street Bankers and Federal Lawyers Hate Michael Milken

Corporate WelfareCronyism and CorporatismFinancial MarketsLegal System

Blog02/25/2020

Michael Milken was a threat to the complacent Wall Street cartels established by the New Deal. So ambitious prosecutors like Rudy Giuliani saw an opportunity to get in good with Wall Street by taking him down.

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When It Comes to Raw Power, Few Have More of It Than Central Bankers

Media and CultureSocialismValue and Exchange

Blog02/22/2020

Anticapitalists often complain that people with more money exercise power over people with less money. Yet these same people seem oddly untroubled by the fact that central bankers can manipulate the money supply at any time to enrich themselves at everyone else's expense.

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Why Rothbard Wanted "Radical Decentralization"

Decentralization and SecessionHistory of the Austrian School of Economics

Blog02/21/2020

Secession and decentralization are good for two reasons: they move us toward a society with more individual freedom. And smaller, more decentralized societies are more economically free.

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Why It's so Hard to Escape America's "Anti-Poverty" Programs

Economic FreedomPovertyTaxes and Spending

Blog02/20/2020

Between the regulation of business and penalties for rising income, anti-poverty policies in America make it so that many workers have no clear path to escape poverty.

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Why Governments Hate Secession

Decentralization and SecessionWorld History

Blog02/18/2020

States seek to perpetuate themselves by seizing more control of capital and human beings. Size makes this easier. And every regime would become a mega-state like China or the US if it could.

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What Margit von Mises Loved Most About Ludwig

History of the Austrian School of Economics

Blog02/14/2020

Margit von Mises wanted her husband to be remembered for his humanity as much as his wisdom.

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