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Why Congressional "Oversight" of the Bureaucracy Is No Such Thing

Bureaucracy and RegulationMedia and Culture

Blog26 min ago

Neither voters nor politicians watch the bureaucracy very carefully, so they respond as one might expect—advancing their own and their favorites' interests, at the expense of the public they are supposedly working for.

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The Folly of "Ask What You Can Do for Your Country"

Big GovernmentU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog05/25/2020

Governments often demand that you "ask what you can do for your country," but those governments never guarantee us anything in return for our sacrifice.

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Why Those COVID-19 Models Aren't Real Science

Bureaucracy and RegulationHealth

Blog05/22/2020

Lord Kelvin once said, “If you cannot measure it, then it is not science” and “your theory is apt to be based more upon imagination than upon knowledge.” This would certainly seem to apply to the many COVID-19 models now used to destroy human rights across the globe.

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How Words Like "Essential" and "Need" Are Abused by Politicians

Economic FreedomSocialism

Blog05/18/2020

We live in an age when politicians decide what is "essential" and what isn't. It's a grave abuse of power and common sense.

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Adam Smith and Benevolence

CapitalismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog05/15/2020

Buyers and sellers in the free market do indeed act from self-interest, but Adam Smith never argued that this excludes friendly feelings for those they do business with.

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The Clenched COVID Fist of Government

Political Theory

Blog05/14/2020

Governments create nothing, and only excel at coercion and violence. This is why governments are enthusiastic about shutting down economies but seem unsure about how to open them.

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Robert Nozick on Austrian Economics

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

Blog05/08/2020

It isn’t a good argument against Austrian economics that someone might come up with a science that made better predictions. You have to show us the science, so that it can be compared with praxeology. Suffice it to say that this hasn’t been done.

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