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The fact that colonial empires often differ significantly in their outcomes can serve to provide us with insights into what sorts of government policies are the most and least harmful.
War and Foreign Policy
Since the USSR unexpectedly collapsed, NATO has been going around poking hornets' nests and finding new enemies hoping to justify its existence. It's time to shut the whole thing down.
Decentralization and Secession
Ludwig von Mises understood that locally based governance "follows necessarily from the principle of the rights of man.” And it's why Rothbard supported secession and local governance right down to the most local level possible.
After the economic disaster created by the lockdowns, media chattering heads still have the gall to claim that too little government and spending caused the crisis.
The Chinese regime hopes it can use a digital yuan to challenge the supremacy of the US dollar. That brings a host of geopolitical advantages, as well.
If we’re going to ask ourselves what might have caused such an unusually large rise in homicide, we ought to look for very unusual events. Covid lockdowns certainly fit the bill.
Both Ludwig von Mises and Abraham Maslow understood that unless we first secure the benefits of economic progress, it becomes impossible to pursue higher human wants and needs.
Taxes and Spending
If deficits don't matter, why bother with taxes? The regime has the answer: taxes are important for punishing people we don't like, rewarding our friends, and for maintaining control over the public.