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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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Nationalism as National Liberation: Lessons from the End of the Cold War

Decentralization and SecessionWorld History

Blog02/19/2020

If we regard nationalism as necessarily harmful, we end up supporting the Soviet Union, and every empire and two-bit dictator who manages to hammer together a variety of disparate groups under a single national banner.

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Social Security Cannot Survive in Its Present Form

Taxes and Spending

Blog02/19/2020

The Social Security program will have to be either inflated away with increasingly worthless dollars or Congress will have to intervene to cut benefits. 

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The Green Fatal Conceit: Why Physical Science Can’t Tell Us Proper Policy Goals

Big GovernmentThe Environment

Blog02/19/2020

The so-called CLEAN Future Act is as poorly designed as its acronym. Like the Green New Deal, it consists of radical new spending proposals that the bill’s supporters would have liked for other reasons, and which aren’t even compatible. 

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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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How Chile's Protesters Get Inequality and Poverty Wrong

Economic FreedomGlobal Economy

Blog02/18/2020

Allowing the market to operate with minimal government intervention has helped Chile become one of the freest and wealthiest countries in South America, especially when compared to its direct neighbors.

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Some Problems with Worker Productivity Stats

Philosophy and MethodologyPrices

Blog02/18/2020

Government statistics on worker productivity combine many errors of aggregation such as "average prices" and the total purchasing power of money. So it's unlikely that productivity numbers tell us much that's useful.

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Bernie Sanders's Long History of Pushing Government Takeovers of Private Markets

Price ControlsProgressivismSocialism

Blog02/17/2020

The term "socialism" properly refers to government ownership of industry and service providers. In this respect, Bernie Sanders has a long record of proving he's a true socialist.

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