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The Benefits of Contested Elections

Blog11 hours ago

A contested election would help remind us that elections do not demonstrate "the will of the people" and that national unity is founded on some very fragile myths. 

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Understanding the Proper Meaning of "Equality"

Political Theory

Blog10/29/2020

Private property is not a privilege merely of the property owner, but a social institution for the good and benefit of all, even though it may at the same time be especially agreeable and advantageous to some.

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Populism Worked for the Pro-Freedom Party in the Past. Can It Work Again?

Strategy

Blog10/29/2020

Is it still possible to "rouse the masses of people against the elites that are looting them" in effective numbers? As late as 1992, Rothbard thought so. And he had historical examples on his side. 

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No, the American Republic Was Not Founded on Slavery

U.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog10/28/2020

The fact that some Americans supported slavery in the eighteenth century is not at all remarkable. Most of the world agreed with them. What is remarkable is that many of them sought to abolish slavery in the new republic.

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Why the Economy Isn't Controlled by One Big Corporation

SocialismCalculation and KnowledgeMonopoly and Competition

Blog10/27/2020

Why don't corporations just get bigger and bigger until they take over the whole economy? Unlike states, firms aren't necessarily better off as they get bigger.

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Trump's Executive Order on Race and Sex Lessens the Political Madness Thrown at Men

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

Blog10/27/2020

People object to government involvement in issues of discrimination, and justly so, but government is already involved to the hilt, and Trump's Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping seeks to take several steps back.

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Social Media Companies Aren't the Good Guys. They're Also Not Monopolists.

Media and CultureMonopoly and Competition

Blog10/24/2020

Social media has lied about user privacy and has misled the public about the platforms' status as open forums. But none of this makes these companies monopolies. 

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Why Racism Can't Explain Europe's Drive for Conquest and Colonial Power

World History

Blog10/22/2020

Historically, Europeans had few qualms about conquering and enslaving other Europeans. This presents some problems for the narrative claiming that injustices committed by Europeans are motivated primarily by racism.

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