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War Has Become Another Frivolous Partisan Issue

01/06/2020Power & Market

The NPC-like script in responding to the attacks has been so on the nose that Vice President Mike Pence even tried to tie Soleimani to September 11 in a move that must have made Trump's attorney and frequent gaffe machine, Rudy Giuliani, proud.

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The Hindenburg Program of 1916: A Central Experiment in Wartime Planning

Big GovernmentWorld History

01/06/2020Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
The totalitarian ethos of the twentieth century, whether in the “mixed” version of the Hindenburg Program or the Bolshevik version of Lenin and Stalin, emerges from the will of individuals who propose to control their fellows.
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Henry Ford Did More for Workers than Unions Did

Labor and Wages

Blog01/06/2020

Henry Ford's factories had a hard time keeping workers because the work was monotonous. So Ford helped keep workers around through reduced hours, vacation time, and other benefits that are now considered typical.

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Now Is the Time to De-Escalate War with Iran

War and Foreign Policy

Blog01/06/2020

The Iraqi parliament response to the recent US airstrike — expelling all US troops from Iraq — suggests that an escalation of the ongoing US-Iran conflict would not be as simple as pro-war factions of the US regime would like it to be.

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Money, Expectations, and Economic Growth

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksBusiness Cycles

Blog01/06/2020

Even if the central bank policymakers could implement policies without error, Milton Friedman’s and Robert Lucas’s monetary schemes could not secure stable economic growth.

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Conservation in the Free Market

Blog01/04/2020

One of the most disquieting features of the environmentalist movement is its evident abhorrence of modern technology and its Romanticist back-to-nature philosophy. Technology and civilization are responsible, they say, for crowding, pollution, despoliation of resources, so let us therefore...

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The Seen and the Unseen of "Waste"

Value and Exchange

Blog01/04/2020

When a farmer leaves some unharvested crops in the field, they are not "wasted." Real waste would be found in efforts to use up every last physical resource, no matter how costly those efforts might be.

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Three Bad Arguments for the Minimum Wage

Blog01/04/2020

Many advocates for minimum wage hikes argue that the hikes are good for the businesses themselves. But if that were true, the businesses would happily hike wages.

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