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Want Political Change? Get Rid of Campaign Finance Regulations.

Anti-PoliticsStrategy

Blog04/01/2020

Campaign finance laws favor incumbents and the rich and famous. Real change requires more freedom and decentralization in how campaigns are funded.

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The Last Thing We Need Right Now Is Bernie's Proposed Tax on Financial Transactions

Financial Markets

Blog03/27/2020

Bernie Sanders wants a tax on financial transactions so that every trade brings a penalty. While this most directly affects big traders, regular people will not be immune to the effects.

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COVID-19 and the Planners’ Need to Plan

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationCalculation and Knowledge

Blog03/26/2020

Despite the fact that the CDC’s formal name includes the word “Prevention” and that its stated goals include various planning buzzwords, its managing of the COVID-19 response has been an unmitigated disaster.

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The "Bootleggers and Baptists" of the Coronavirus Crisis

HealthU.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog03/20/2020

Although it doesn't explain everything, it's always a good idea to ask "who benefits" whenever governments step in to "solve" a crisis.

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Politicians Are Calling for Lots of "Bold" Plans. Watch Out.

ProgressivismTaxes and Spending

Blog03/16/2020

With both major political parties seemingly uninterested in the long-term fiscal stability of the United States, the only near-term solution for the spendthrift class in Washington, DC, is to either raise taxes or spend recklessly.

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Greater Idaho Movement Is the Latest Indicator of a Shift toward Decentralization

Decentralization and Secession

Blog03/11/2020

Recently disgruntled residents of rural counties in southwest Oregon have been organizing a petition to move Idaho’s border westward to form a “Greater Idaho” that could also potentially include parts of Northern California.

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The IRS's History of Attacking Political Dissenters and Opponents

Bureaucracy and RegulationTaxes and Spending

Blog03/05/2020

Since politicians increasingly use tax law as a means of regulating American life, the IRS has become a supercharged regulatory organization that goes far beyond just collecting taxes.

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Michael Bloomberg: Genteel Enemy of Freedom

Big GovernmentProgressivism

Blog03/03/2020

Mayor Bloomberg is an antipopulist, and is thus, unlike Trump, a very polite and subtle authoritarian with alarming indifference to civil liberties and legal limits on his own power.

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