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Rose Wilder Lane Is Now More Relevant Than Ever

SocialismStrategyU.S. History

Blog03/07/2020

Rose Wilder Lane was one of the past century's most ardent proponents of liberty. Give Me Liberty, which traces her evolution from communism to a devotion to liberty, is as relevant to the present as it was in 1936.

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Rothbard: The Constitution Was a Coup d'État

Book ReviewsU.S. History

Blog02/13/2020

Rothbard took the American Revolution to be mainly libertarian in its inspiration, but he contends that the libertarian impulses of the Revolution were betrayed by a centralizing coup d’état. If Rothbard is right, the Constitution as written provides ample scope for tyranny.

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Rationality in the Real World Isn't What Economists Think It Is

Blog12/02/2019

The world doesn't follow predictable patterns based on averages of long-term probability. Ordinary people apparently know this better than statisticians do.

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Reduced Sentences in Exchange for Lies: A Government Tradition

Legal System

Blog10/09/2019

Governments routinely bribe suspects into accusing others in exchange for reduced sentences. Thus, suspects are willing to say pretty much anything prosecutors want them to. Governments are fine with this.

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Rothbardian Welfare Economics

Free MarketsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog09/24/2019

Rothbard’s work on welfare economics probably ranks among his least-known achievements, but it is truly a tour de force and another tribute to his great originality and talent as an economist.

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Restitution-Based Criminal Justice in Japan

Legal System

Blog09/20/2019

What makes restitution work well in Japan is that private individuals and groups are much more responsible for controlling crime.

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Rent Control: A History of Failure

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog09/19/2019

Rent controls are a recipe for less housing, and unaffordable rents. At least for most people.

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Rothbard Lectures on American History: Lost and Found

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyHistory of the Austrian School of Economics

Blog09/17/2019

While searching through my apartment after a tragic fire, under soot and ash, I found these “lost” Rothbard lectures, recorded at NYU in 1979 and 1980.

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