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Beer: A Short and Bitter History of Regulation

Bureaucracy and RegulationProtectionism and Free TradeWorld History

Blog08/21/2021

Some think that beer's history of regulation begins with hops, but beer has been hemmed in by government red tape for much longer.

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The End of the Gold Standard. Fifty Years of Monetary Insanity

Gold StandardMoney and Banking

Blog08/21/2021

The gold standard supposed a limit to the fiscal voracity of governments, and suspending it unleashed the perverse proclivity of the states toward indebtedness and to pass the current imbalances on to future generations.

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Bretton Woods and the Spoliation of Europe

World HistoryGold Standard

Gold was only included in the plans for the Bretton Woods system because of the veneer of solidity it gave.

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The Secret Ronald Reagan Told Me about Gold and Great Nations

Money and Banks

Blog08/19/2021

Fifty years after Nixon closed the gold window, prices are heading toward 1970s-era increases. Yet the Fed cannot increase interest rates as long as the politicians keep creating billions of new debts.

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WaPo Editors: "Liberty" Requires Us to Implement Vaccine Passports

Health

Blog08/19/2021

Governments are seeking to mandate vaccine usage in a variety of ways, even while vaccine producers are shielded from full legal accountability should their treatments cause harm. That should raise some red flags. 

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Paranoia about American Weakness Rests on a Flawed Understanding of History

U.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog08/19/2021

Victor Davis Hanson's cartoonish conception of how foreign states act is not supported by history and contributes to the US government’s insane defense expenditures and destructive crusades around the globe. 

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Living in the Age of Covid: "The Power of the Powerless"

Political Theory

Blog08/18/2021

In a “post-totalitarian” period, power does not simply originate from a singular dictator, but rather conscripts the population into its very structure.

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Two Percent Inflation Is a Lot Worse Than You Think

Money and Banks

Blog08/18/2021

Even at a "mere" two-percent level, cumulative price increases over time are nothing to scoff at. Even worse, if we look at what people really spend money on, price inflation doesn't much reflect the conclusions of "official" stats.

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