Mises Wire

Problems with Theories on the Black-White Wealth Gap

Media and CulturePoverty

Blog10/05/2020

Vague and generalizing theories about culture and race don't tell us much about the wealth gap between blacks and whites. The answer is more complex.

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Police Officers Threaten to Quit If the Public Keeps Demanding Accountability

The Police State

Blog10/03/2020

Police reforms are making it easier to monitor police activities, and even to hold officers personally liable when found guilty of abusing their power. But some officers don't like that at all.

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Police Are Complicit in Politicians' Disregard for the Rule of Law

Blog05/06/2020

Police have long shown a preference for enforcing petty laws against petty offenders. After all, real violent criminals fight back. The current COVID-19-induced crackdown on business owners has made things even worse.

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Politicians Want Thanksgiving To Be Political. Ignore Them.

Media and CultureU.S. History

Blog11/27/2019

Thanksgiving started out as a terribly political holiday. But it has gotten better with age as more people have been interested in beer and football than in politics.

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PG&E's Failures Show the Dangers of Government-Imposed Utility Monopolies

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismMonopoly and Competition

Blog10/30/2019

 The reason PG&E can get away with such outrageous mismanagement is that the California government literally guarantees them their business.

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Plastic Bans: Imaginary Benefits, Real Costs

Big GovernmentThe Environment

Blog08/03/2019

Proposals to ban single-use plastics is yet another triumph of symbolism over substance. Unfortunately, while the benefits are largely illusory, the costs are quite real.

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Privatizing Public Lands Doesn't Mean Turning Them Into Shopping Centers

The Environment

Blog07/18/2019

Public lands already have value as nature preserves and tourist attractions. At the same time, the economic needs of ordinary human beings — which often require land development — shouldn't be ignored. 

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Phony Economic Growth Stats Conceal Deep Problems on Main Street

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog07/02/2019

Government manipulation is shifting wealth from Main Street to Wall Street. But most people don't see the growing gap between the growth of financial wealth and the real economy.

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