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We Need More Housing, Not More Rent Control

Bureaucracy and RegulationPrice Controls

Blog02/07/2020

Blinded by their zeal to save the masses from the "excesses" of greedy landlords, politicians are ignoring the regulatory state that keeps housing prices on the rise.

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What’s Next for the Virginia Sanctuary Movement?

Blog02/06/2020

The protest movements by gun-ownership-rights activists in Virginia still faces an uphill battle. But it may be the best battle to choose, since it would be a mistake to put faith in the courts.

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What Year Did Healthcare Become a "Right"?

Blog02/05/2020

Was healthcare a natural right two hundred years ago? If so, how is it that this "right" to eighteenth-century medicine morphed into a right to MRIs and chemotherapy? Do rights change with technology? That's not how rights work.

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Why Voting Doesn't Tell Us What Voters Really Want

Decentralization and SecessionStrategy

Blog02/01/2020

In a large enough democracy, the impact of an individual vote is statistically zero on the margin. 

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Why Democracy Doesn't Give Us What We Want

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/30/2020

Uncritically holding democracy out as an ideal overlooks the question of whether market democracy or political democracy better serves citizens.

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What We Really Mean When We Talk About Values and Prices in the Marketplace

PricesValue and Exchange

Blog01/24/2020

Values of goods are not static things that can be used for central planning. Values apply only to a particular transaction at a particular place and at a given time by human beings.

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Why "One Man, One Vote" Doesn't Work

Decentralization and Secession

Blog01/23/2020

Efforts to abolish the US Senate because it's "undemocratic" employ a very crude and dangerous type of majoritarianism.

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Why Bad GDP Metrics Lead to Bad Policy

Booms and Busts

Blog01/22/2020

Our flawed economic measure called GDP leads to a flawed and skewed view of the economy in which consumer spending is the most important metric.

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