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Yes, There Are Tradeoffs between Disease Prevention and Economic Destruction

ProgressivismCalculation and Knowledge

Blog2 hours ago

Noneconomists struggle to realize that scarcity results in the necessity of tradeoffs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this difference in thinking causes them to wrongly accuse economists of "prioritizing money over lives."

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Your Rational Self vs. Your Irrational Self

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/31/2020

How can paternalists say that when they make it more difficult for you to smoke they aren’t interfering with your freedom? They've come up with a bizarre rationale.

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Yes, Taxation Is Theft

Taxes and Spending

Blog11/15/2019

The government may claim that it needs the funds to provide essential social services: are the poor to be left to starve? But these assertions do not justify its policy of forcible seizure.

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You May Be Biased — But That Doesn't Make You Wrong

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog07/19/2019
Yes, many researchers are biased. But as Mises noted: "Reference to a thinker's bias is no substitute for a refutation of his doctrines by tenable arguments."
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Yes, Julian Assange Is a Journalist — But That Shouldn't Matter

Media and CultureWorld History

Blog04/18/2019

The Bill of Rights doesn't mention that freedom of speech is restricted to a special class of establishment journalists. Freedom of speech is a universal property right, regardless of what the establishment-media gatekeepers say.

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Your Move, Gold Critics: Please Explain What Money Is

The FedMoney and BanksGold Standard

Blog04/10/2019

Stated simply, gold-standard proponents seek a dollar that is widely trusted as a constant measure of value. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Yes, PC is Real. Yes, it is Illiberal

Big GovernmentPolitical Theory

Blog10/16/2018

 If you believe The Atlantic, rejection of PC culture is hardly limited to the Right.

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Yes, Inequality Is a Problem — When Caused by the Government

Money and BanksTaxes and Spending

Blog10/12/2018

Some inequality arises naturally from freedom of choice. Some comes from government meddling. One is good and the other is bad. …

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