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The Problem with the "Renters' Rights" Movement

Both renters and landlords have plenty of troubles when it comes to working together. But putting government regulators in the mix won't help matters.

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The Federal Government Owns 92 Percent of Student Loans. Why Do Politicians Lie About It?

EducationMoney and BanksTaxes and Spending

Blog04/01/2020

The federal government must accompany any loan forgiveness with a repeal of all programs for subsidizing and guaranteeing loans. Anything less would be a formula for socializing higher education.

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The Feds Are Suing Oracle for Discrimination, Even Though No One Has Complained

Bureaucracy and RegulationLegal System

Blog03/31/2020

Federal agencies have destroyed the separation of powers that is supposed to exist in the US legal system, so agency bureaucrats now act as investigators, prosecutors, judges, and juries.

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This Is Not a Recession—This Is a Government-Imposed Shutdown of the Private Sector

Economic FreedomGlobal Economy

Blog03/30/2020

We are about to enter a production slowdown—a collapse, really—not because some businesses miscalculated their investments, but because government intervened drastically and without warning to shut down all businesses.

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The New Euro Stimulus Won't Save the Greek Economy

Monetary PolicyTaxes and SpendingWorld History

The Greeks haven't saved or produced enough to justify their high standard of living compared to other countries of the world. This is a fragile bubble economy made possible by European central bankers.

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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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The Benefits of a Free Society during Pandemics

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionHealth

Blog03/27/2020

The idea that a free and mostly privatized society would let pandemics rage unchecked is based on a crude caricature. The truth is that a free society offers flexibility and resilience that a centralized system lacks.

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The Noncrime Known as "Price Gouging"

The EntrepreneurFree MarketsPrice Controls

Anti-price gouging laws mean that those who really end up getting the short end of the stick are those who don't have the time or the means to beat the crowds to the store. Worse off are those of lesser means who rely on public transportation or walking to transport groceries home.

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