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The Drive for State and Federal Protective Tariffs in Early America

Protectionism and Free TradeTaxes and SpendingU.S. History

Blog02/22/2021

Every depression generates a clamor among many groups for special privileges at the expense of the rest of society—and the American depression that struck in 1784–85 was no exception.

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"Weapons of Mass Destruction": The Last Refuge of the Global Interventionist

War and Foreign Policy

Blog02/22/2021

The threat of “nuclear proliferation” remains one of the great catch-all reasons—the other being “humanitarian” intervention—given for why the US regime and its allies ought to be given unlimited power to invade foreign states and impose sanctions at any given time.

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The Idea of Secession Isn't Going Away

U.S. History

Blog02/22/2021

Americans would be wise to not dismiss separatism just because their history textbooks said it's illegal, racist, or treasonous. Instead, they should recognize it as a tool that could save a lot of headaches and even lives.

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Want More Entrepreneurship? Embrace Long-Term Legal Stability.

Blog02/22/2021

Prudent economic calculation becomes more difficult as legal and regulatory regimes are subject to frequent changes and political upheaval. 

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The Biggest Lies of the Impeachment Saga

Legal SystemU.S. History

Blog02/20/2021

The latest impeachment saga simply confirms Thomas Paine’s adage: “The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.” Score another victory for the Swamp.

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The Omnipotent Power to Assassinate

War and Foreign Policy

Blog02/20/2021

How did the federal government acquire this omnipotent power? Certainly not by constitutional amendment. It acquired it by converting the federal government after World War II from a limited-government republic to a national security state.

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Why Biden and Krugman Are Wrong about the $15 Minimum Wage

Bureaucracy and RegulationLabor and Wages

Blog02/19/2021

Let's take a sober and even-handed look at what economics and empirical studies have to say about minimum wage hikes. Krugman and Biden claim there's no evidence these hikes affect employment. But they are being misleading. 

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Some Coloradoans Want to Break Off and Join Wyoming. They Should at Least Get to Vote On It.

Decentralization and Secession

Blog02/19/2021

A state's borders should change over time to reflect demographic and ideological realities. By denying this, political leaders are effectively saying that the rights of minority populations don't matter.

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