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Two Analogies for the Economy That the Media Keeps Getting Wrong

Media and Culture

Blog05/30/2020

Ultimately, we need not rely on the government (i.e., the “king’s men” putting Humpty-Dumpty back together again). People acting freely in a marketplace could do it all by themselves. If only the government would let them.

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The German Court's Unexpected Blow to the ECB

Decentralization and SecessionLegal SystemMonetary Policy

Blog05/29/2020

A high German court recently ruled that the European Central Bank has overstepped the bounds of its power. The angry response from high-ranking European bureaucrats tells us a lot about what they want for the EU.

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Three Ways Lockdowns Are Costing Human Lives

Big GovernmentHealth

Blog05/29/2020

If we do not correctly take into account the opportunity cost, in terms of lives that can be lost from lockdowns, then we will most likely continue to make bad decisions in the future.

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The Hydroxychloroquine Controversy Is a Reminder That Prescription Laws Are a Government Racket

Bureaucracy and RegulationHealth

Blog05/28/2020

In a free country, doctors would be free to prescribe whatever drugs they wish to anyone for any reason. In fact, individuals should be free to buy drugs without a special government-required doctor's note.

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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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The Folly of "Ask What You Can Do for Your Country"

Big GovernmentU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog05/25/2020

Governments often demand that you "ask what you can do for your country," but those governments never guarantee us anything in return for our sacrifice.

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