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Practicing Politics as Self-Defense

AntipoliticsBig GovernmentStrategy

Blog09/20/2022

Because government is predatory, it may seem ironic then to use the political system as a means of protecting one's own property, family, and loved ones. But there are times when such a strategy makes sense.

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Powell's Pivot to "Pain" but No Gain: Triggering the Coming Recession

Booms and BustsInflationStrategy

Blog09/14/2022

The Fed is slowly increasing interest rates in the hopes that the economy will experience a "soft landing." However, there is no way to soften the blows about to fall on the economy.

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Promoting Natural Rights Instead of Conservatism: Looking at Rothbard and Jaffa

DemocracyPhilosophyU.S. History

Blog09/09/2022

Both Murray Rothbard and Harry Jaffa began as men of the Right. However, Rothbard turned toward the view that individuals possess rights outside of the state; Jaffa turned toward conservatism.

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Public Goods, Streetlights, and Paying Pretty Girls to Walk down the Street

Bureaucracy and RegulationEconomic PolicyFree Markets

Blog08/23/2022

Using a humorous subject, Charles Amos successfully challenges the view that government must produce "public goods" in order to ensure an optimal supply.

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Profits Are Not Random. They're How Entrepreneurs Help Allocate Resources Efficiently.

Financial MarketsFree MarketsRationalism

Blog08/05/2022

The efficient market hypothesis, which is popular in neoclassical economics circles, holds that markets are so "efficient" that entrepreneurial profits are generated randomly.

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Private Institutions Are Not the Enemy of Libertarianism

Economic FreedomStrategy

Blog08/01/2022

All too often, libertarians have equated liberty with atomistic behavior while treating private institutions with scorn. This just in: private institutions are cohesive, not destructive.

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Private Property and Customer Safety: Starbucks Learns a Hard Lesson

Media and CultureProperty Rights

Blog07/30/2022

The news that Starbucks is closing sixteen stores due to customer safety concerns exposes the lack of police protection in cities and the problems with allowing noncustomers to remain in stores.

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Powell Is the New Arthur Burns, Not the New Paul Volcker

U.S. History

Blog06/30/2022

With his current timid, weak, and prevaricating position on price inflation, Powell is positioning himself as the new Arthur Burns, who did nothing to end 1970s inflation. 

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