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How Historians Changed the Meaning of "Liberalism"

Political Theory

Blog3 hours ago

Liberalism was the most popular and influential ideology during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. So, every new socialist and authoritarian movement defined itself as "liberal" to capitalize on liberalism's popularity and importance.

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How Collecting Old Coins Taught Me to Never Trust the Government

Monetary PolicyU.S. History

Blog6 hours ago

Old coins vaccinated me against trusting politicians long before I grew my first scruffy beard. I began collecting coins when I was eight years old in 1965, the year President Lyndon Johnson began removing all the silver from American coins.

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The Disastrous Legacy of Woodrow Wilson

ProgressivismMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog11 hours ago

Woodrow Wilson was an especially devoted white supremacist, even by the standard of his day. The Left is finally targeting Wilson for this, but Wilson's legacy is far worse than even the Left will admit.

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Empathy for the Poor Is Not Enough

Poverty

It's a good thing when politicians recognize that there are people out there who are less fortunate than the political class. But this empathy only does anyone any good if policymakers refrain from socialistic government schemes that make poverty worse.

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All You Need to Know about Alexis de Tocqueville

World History

Blog07/01/2020

It doesn't take an immense amount of insight to see the relevance of Tocqueville's central concern to our situation today. What are the so-called Twitter mobs if not the "tyranny of the majority" at work?

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Why Governments Hate Currency Competition

Blog07/01/2020

There are some reasons to be optimistic about the future of free market money. On the other hand, the world's governments will fight true currency competition every step of the way.

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Thomas Sowell: Understanding Markets and Free Choice

Free MarketsSocialismU.S. History

Blog06/30/2020

Thomas Sowell has a gift for explaining how markets are simply the result of human beings making free choices. There is no single market answer to a problem. There are countless answers.

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The COVID Crisis Supercharged the War on Cash

Global EconomyMonetary PolicyMoney and Banks

Blog06/30/2020

The COVID panic gave the world's regimes a new reason to claim that physical cash should be outlawed. But this is just one of many strategies now in play to end the relative privacy and freedom cash provides.

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