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What the Failed 55-MPH Speed Limit Law Tells Us About COVID Lockdowns

Big GovernmentHealthMedia and Culture

Blog4 hours ago

Americans were once harangued by government "experts" about the need to slow down on highways in order to save lives. Few listened. Today, laws demanding everyone "stay at home" may suffer a similar fate.

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Coronavirus Propaganda Mimics War Propaganda

Media and CultureWar and Foreign Policy

Blog4 hours ago

Propaganda kills, but it also works. Many of the same tactics employed to destroy opposition to the Iraq War are being used today against opponents of lockdowns.

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Why Congressional "Oversight" of the Bureaucracy Is No Such Thing

Bureaucracy and RegulationMedia and Culture

Blog7 hours ago

Neither voters nor politicians watch the bureaucracy very carefully, so they respond as one might expect—advancing their own and their favorites' interests, at the expense of the public they are supposedly working for.

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COVID Ethics: It's Immoral to Confine Innocent People Who Might Be a Threat

HealthStrategyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog05/27/2020

The possibility that someone might pose a threat to another at a future time is not sufficient reason to revoke a person's property rights.

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How We Might Respond to a Pandemic Were Society Not So Dominated by the State

HealthStrategy

Blog05/26/2020

The state currently enjoys a vastly unbalanced share of the power within a society, such an arrangement is not in any way preordained, and the assumption that it must be betrays a narrowness of vision and a lack of historical knowledge.

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The Fed Is Doing "Whatever It Takes" to Prop Up the Economy. That's a Very Bad Thing.

InflationMonetary PolicyInterventionism

There's now no difference between monetary policy and other government programs designed to prop up firms, industries, and other favored groups. The Fed is simply another government planning agency.

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The Big Reason Mises Rejected Marx's Dialectical Materialism

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog05/25/2020

The weird thing about dialectical materialism is that Marx seems to have cobbled it together from two philosophies that contradicted each other.

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