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Why the Elites Look Down on Manual Labor

Labor and Wages

Blog05/18/2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is aghast that some people like to pick up a few bucks doing work which brings no prestige. This is part of a larger obsession among politicians with de-valuing and working against unglamorous jobs that involve "dirty" work.

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Why Do Socialists Hate Families?

Political Theory

Blog04/26/2019

Families provide an example of social bonds without private property, prices, and “capitalist exploitation.” So, it's odd that Marx wanted to abolish the family.

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Will Conservatives See the Light on Secession?

U.S. History

Blog04/18/2019

Many on the Left still cling to the idea that if they can only elect "the right people," everything will be fine. This is a doomed strategy.

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Why Grover Cleveland Is Mostly Forgotten Today

Blog02/06/2019

Cleveland was a staunch critic of government subsidies and crony privileges. He saw no constitutional justification for welfare and famously stated: “Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.”

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Why Taiwan Grew Rich While the Mainland Starved

Global EconomyWorld History

Blog01/23/2019

Although hardly "free-market" in any doctrinaire way, the relatively free economy of Taiwan delivered immense growth in standards of living while many Chinese on the mainland starved.

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When "Mental Health" Is Used to Empower the State

Legal System

Blog03/20/2018

Broadening state powers to declare people "mentally ill" is a dangerous proposition. 

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Why Robots Won't Cause Mass Unemployment

Calculation and Knowledge

Blog08/02/2017

There will always be jobs because there will always be scarcity. Human wants are unlimited, yet the resources are limited — even with robots.

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Wealth Isn't Just Measured in Money — It's Measured in Choices

Media and CultureValue and Exchange

Blog01/31/2017
Don't compare incomes today to incomes of long-ago time periods. The wealth and choices available to income-earners has changed drastically over time.
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