Mises Wire

Democracy Is Coercive, No Matter What "Civic Republicans" Say

Blog12/06/2019

For an advocate of civil republicanism, you could be drafted into the army, or taxed at very high rates, and that's fine because you participated in a process (democracy) in which you helped pick your own rulers. This view of freedom has a few problems.

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Don't Tax Spanish Olives — And Don't Subsidize them Either

Cronyism and CorporatismTaxes and Spending

Complaints about unfair trade practices — when made by US and EU officials — have the whiff of hypocrisy about them.
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Deneen on Historical Change

Political Theory

Blog01/28/2018
Deneen contends that the ideas of foundational great thinkers molded modern political and social history. He fails to argue for this; he just "tell us."
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Deneen on Liberalism

Political Theory

Blog01/16/2018
Deneen, a political theorist at Notre Dame, has written an insightful account of how isolated individuals turn to the State. Unfortunately, his account of classical liberalism is open to objection.
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David Gornoski on Anthropology and Liberty

Media and CultureStrategyPolitical Theory

12/22/2017Audio/Video
David Gornoski and Jeff Deist discuss the intersection of libertarianism and cultural anthropology.
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Don't Trust the US Government on Missile Defense

StrategyWar and Foreign Policy

Blog11/01/2017
The US state is empowered by the idea that it can wage wars at will without the American domestic population facing any risk of retaliation.
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Dickinson: We Cannot Be Happy without Being Free

U.S. History

Blog09/30/2017
Of all his writings, perhaps most important were his 'Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies.'
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Don't MacLean on Me

Blog07/18/2017
Here are a few additional mistakes in Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains
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