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Coerced Confessions: How the Plea Bargain Replaced Physical Torture

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog02/15/2020

When the government created public police forces one hundred years ago, they often relied on torture to extract confessions. But now they have new methods: threatening to pile on new charges until the defendant takes a plea agreement.

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Reflections on Legal Polycentrism

Decentralization and SecessionStrategy

02/13/2020The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Much of the resistance to libertarian anarchic proposals stems from a genuine inability on the part of one’s audience to entertain such proposals as serious alternatives to the status quo.
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The State Owns You: The Problem with "National Service"

War and Foreign Policy

Blog02/01/2020

All arguments in favor of mandatory service rest on the idea that an individual's life belongs not to him- or herself, but to the state.

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Henry Ford Did More for Workers than Unions Did

Labor and Wages

Blog01/06/2020

Henry Ford's factories had a hard time keeping workers because the work was monotonous. So Ford helped keep workers around through reduced hours, vacation time, and other benefits that are now considered typical.

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Bernie Sanders Wants to Kill Pro Baseball

Corporate WelfareMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog01/02/2020

Major league baseball wants to cut back the minors in order to cut losses. But Bernie Sanders has other plans that may ultimately help kill pro baseball.

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George Bailey, Capitalist Hero

Media and Culture

Blog12/25/2019

In It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey was right to oppose Old Man Potter. Potter's fondness for the draft board and his attempt to use the DA to crush his adversary shows Potter had little regard for truly voluntary exchange.

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Desocialization of Enterprises: Empowering Venezuelans

SocialismPrivate Property

11/26/2019Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
How can state enterprises in Venezuela be desocialized? What would a privatization law look like for Venezuela? The authors describe a proposal to move Venezuela toward free markets.
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The Dark Side of the American Dream

Media and Culture

Blog11/22/2019

Paul Cantor's new book provides a new look at how the "American dream" is shown in pop culture as offering both hope and frustration.

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