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Napoleon: Europe's First Egalitarian Despot

World History


For those who value self-determination, free markets, peace, and freedom, Napoleon provides little to be admired. He was a despot, a warmonger, a centralist, and a hypocrite who claimed to spread freedom to justify his own lust for conquest and power. 

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No Monetary or Political Bailouts for Belt-and-Road Initiative Debtors

Big GovernmentCronyism and CorporatismSocialismWar and Foreign Policy


The countries have changed, but the story remains the same. Wealthier countries try to “invest” by lending money to African regimes, where the money disappears. This time, China is the big lender.

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No, We Cannot Afford to Fund Yet Another War

Cronyism and CorporatismU.S. EconomyWar and Foreign Policy


US government officials from President Biden to Secretary Yellen think the US can fund endless wars, but the American people are suffering in reality.

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No State Is Morally Fit to Spread Global "Freedom"


Just as liberty must be the highest political end, peace must be the highest end of foreign policy.

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No, Governor, Rights Are NOT Government-Issued Privileges That You Can Suspend

LawMedia and CultureProgressivismProperty RightsThe Police State


The recent executive order by New Mexico's governor suspending gun rights in part of the state demonstrates not only her ignorance of the law, but also her greater ignorance of the origin of rights.

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Not Even a Pencil Could Exist without Fossil Fuels

Economic FreedomEconomic PolicyThe Environment


Leonard Read's famous "I, Pencil" explained the workings of the market in terms of the creation of a simple pencil. However, we should not forget that the reviled fossil fuels are involved at every turn.

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NATO's Great New Idea: "Let’s Start a War with China!"

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy


Last week NATO announced that it will open its first-ever Asia office in Japan. What next, NATO membership for Taiwan?

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