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Salazar: The Dictator Who Refused to Die

World History

Blog3 hours ago

"I doubt whether there is today in any democracy … personal liberty as well secured as it was then in Portugal.”

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Sticks, Not Carrots: Vaccines Must Be Forced, Says Indiana University Health Chief

HealthPaternalism

Blog07/19/2021

An Indiana University health officer laments that incentives such as access to events, donuts, french fries, and even hard cash are no longer moving many Americans to fall in line with vaccination.

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Since When Is a Half-Point Rate Hike (2 Years from Now) "Hawkish"?

Money and Banks

Blog06/29/2021

The Fed says rate hikes are at least two years away. A lot can happen in two years, and since when is forecasting a couple rate bumps two years from now considered hawkish to the point of making the dollar pop and gold flop?

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Sound Money versus Fiat Money: Effects on the Boom-Bust Cycle

Money and Banks

Blog06/23/2021

An increase in the supply of money does not necessarily cause the boom-bust cycle. It is only when more money is created out of nothing that the cycle begins. 

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Self-Interest versus Racial Solidarity

World History

Blog05/08/2021

Modern-day race theories—much like the standard racist theories of the past—assume that racial solidarity ought to be the overriding factor in all human behavior. Experience shows this is not at all always the case. 

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State Legislatures Are Finally Limiting Governors' Emergency Powers

U.S. History

Blog04/12/2021

The covid-19 lockdowns have unexpectedly brought into clear view the fact governors wield immense power over the daily lives of Americans. Some state legislatures have moved to limit this power. Better late than never. 

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Shays's Rebellion: Catalyst for the Counterrevolution

U.S. History

Blog03/30/2021

Shays' Rebellion was used by counterrevolutionaries like Alexander Hamilton to push the new centralist constitution of 1787. But Jefferson, on the contrary, concluded such uprisings were "medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

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State Preemptions of Local Government Are a Bad Thing. Even When Ron DeSantis Does It.

Decentralization and Secession

Blog03/20/2021

Centralizing political power in the hands of the state government only sets the stage for abuses when a new administration takes over. 

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