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The Medicaid Expansion Cheat

Health

Blog01/27/2020

Proponents of Medicaid expansion pioneered new ways of covering up the true costs of a government program.

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Hegel's Very Odd Definition of Freedom

SocialismPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/24/2020

Liberalism conceives of freedom as the absence of constraint, but Hegel's definition is more expansive. And, of course, the state is a necessary condition for it.

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Peaceful Market Exchange—Not Politics—Harnesses the Value of Diversity

Free MarketsMedia and CultureProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog01/22/2020

Whether diversity is a social benefit depends on whether it creates excuses to fight each other for special treatment. Politicizing our differences is far more likely to make diversity a source of conflict.

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A World Without Entrepreneurs

Free MarketsWorld History

Blog01/21/2020

Entrepreneurs are the reason consumers have come to expect new gains and innovations in products and services every year. Without entrepreneurs, we'd still be using rotary phones.

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Hans Hoppe in Arabic

01/21/2020Power & Market

 Two books by Hans Hoppe have been translated into Arabic and are attracting a wide audience.

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Luck and Taxes

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog01/17/2020

Some argue that someone’s superior talent or success is itself the result of mere luck. That claim, and its relevance as a justification for redistribution, has generated much controversy.

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Economist: Your Freedom Is Dangerous Because You Might Set a Bad Example

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog01/10/2020

Why should we think that government officials are better at acting “rationally” than those they regulate? Even if we were to concede that smoking deserves to be restricted, why should we think the government can do it in a reasonable way?

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"Low" Tax Rates Often Mask Much Larger Tax Burdens

Taxes and Spending

Blog01/09/2020

The moral of this economic story is that whenever someone who has an incentive to lowball the burden of a tax is speaking or writing, be careful to look at what happens to take-home income as a better guide to policy.

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