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How the Covid Crisis Exposed the Absurdity of "Certificates of Need"

Bureaucracy and RegulationHealthPrices


We're often told that it is too difficult to access healthcare services in America. So why are "certificate of need" laws being enacted making it harder to create new healthcare facilities? 

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Halfway to Secession: Unity on Foreign Policy, Disunity on Domestic Policy

Decentralization and SecessionU.S. History


Expect opponents of secession and decentralization to start claiming that neither option is acceptable because any big change to the status quo could endanger American "strength" in foreign policy. Don't listen to them. 

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How Government Policy Reduces Fertility

World History


Government policy now ensures that the benefits of children are socialized, while the cost of raising children remains private. If you wanted to reduce families, you couldn’t think of anything better.

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How the State Preserves Itself—and What the State Fears

World History


The gravest crimes in the state's lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of private person or property, but dangers to the state itself: treason, desertion, insurrection, etc. The state does not exist to protect its citizens, but to protect itself.

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Hayek, Friedman, Buchanan: The Villains of "Neoliberalism"

Book ReviewsDemocracyPolitical Theory


According to Brown, Hayek's position against mass democracy is not to be argued against but diagnosed. It is wrong because “democracy” is good—obviously.

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How Consumer Sovereignty and Entrepreneurship Work Together



Consumers are indeed sovereign, but the reason consumers can exercise their sovereignty is that entrepreneurs have already borne the uncertainty of production to make the goods available for purchase.

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Hoppe on the Lockdowns!

InterviewsProperty RightsStrategy


Decentralized decision-making is critically important in potential emergency situations, because only property owners have the skin in the game that that forces people to think long and hard about the consequences and side effects of their actions.

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How Pope Francis Gets "the Common Good" Wrong

Big GovernmentHealthMedia and Culture


To Francis, the common good dictates we lock down the globe, jeopardizing the future of the young, the livelihood of the working class, and condemning countless kids to a life of mental distress. 

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