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Luck and Taxes

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog01/17/2020

Some argue that someone’s superior talent or success is itself the result of mere luck. That claim, and its relevance as a justification for redistribution, has generated much controversy.

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Locke vs. Cohen vs. Rothbard on Homesteading

Philosophy and MethodologyPrivate Property

Blog11/08/2019

Marxist G.A. Cohen is troubled by the freedom libertarians grant to property owners. But artificial limits are unnecessary when practical realities have so often intervened to limit property ownership by any one person.

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Last Day to Double Your Gift

Blog09/28/2019

Your support helps us continue to make the sound economic principles of Mises, Hazlitt, Hayek, Rothbard, and Hoppe free to the world at a time when they are needed more than ever.

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Look to China to Learn About America

The Police State

Blog09/14/2019

The old American way of doing things came to an end with the 9/11 attacks. At that point, the national-security branch of the federal government adopted many of the same powers as the Chinese communist regime, and without any amendment to the Constitution.

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Like Most Government Central-Planning Schemes, Zoning Laws Raise the Cost of Living

U.S. History

Blog09/12/2019

Rising property values are nice for those who own property, but they raise the barriers to home ownership and business startups for everybody else.

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Ludwig von Mises’s Human Action: Marking 70 Years of Continuing Relevance

Book ReviewsHistory of the Austrian School of Economics

Blog09/04/2019

The social, political, and economic conditions of our world today give Ludwig von Mises’s treatise a refreshing relevance matched by few other works written over the last century.

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Labor and Labor Costs: Using Theory to Understand the Data

Labor and Wages

Blog09/02/2019

Labor is not homogeneous, so data analysis that speaks simply of "labor" and "labor costs" must be treated with extreme caution.

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Lincoln and Trump: Two of a Kind?

Blog07/03/2019

Trump haters are concerned that Trump will "stain" the Lincoln Memorial with a speech on Independence Day. But Trump is extremely unlikely to ever match Lincoln's blood-soaked legacy. And that's a good thing.

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