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Five Ways to Improve Social Media (and the Internet)

Legal SystemMedia and Culture

Blog5 hours ago

Social media platforms are indeed private firms and can publish or edit whatever they like—subject of course to the terms of service between the platform and users who generate content.

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Facing Economic Disaster, France Turns against Globalism

Protectionism and Free TradeWorld HistoryInterventionism

Blog05/05/2020

France faces a future of spiraling debt and declining economic growth. So Emmanuel Macron has now embraced economic nationalism as a way out. It's not likely to work.

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Freedom in Prices Ends Shortages. Even with Toilet Paper.

Blog04/25/2020

Whether we're talking about gasoline or toilet paper, the details of how the good is produced are irrelevant to the fact that price controls cause shortages. Only price freedom ends them.

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Finally Kicking the GDP Habit

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog04/18/2020

GDP is fine for counting things like washing machines. But it is quite useless for counting other basic indicators of the quality of life.

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Flattening the Curve or Flattening Bellies? Africa's COVID-19 Dilemma

InflationGlobal EconomyTaxes and Spending

Blog04/14/2020

Africa is in no position to bring a halt to economic activity. Urban poverty and huge debts present an apparent choice between rampant disease and mass impoverishment.

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Free Trade Brings More Foreign Investment into the US. That's a Good Thing.

Free MarketsProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog04/09/2020

Politicians and pundits have a blind spot when it comes to international economic transactions. They ignore a portion of trade! In particular, they ignore trade in claims on future income—that is, stocks and bonds.

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Freedom Still Matters, Even in the Midst of a Virus

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionStrategy

Blog04/07/2020

“Whenever a single definite object is made the supreme end of the State…the State becomes for the time inevitably absolute.” We cannot allow combating a virus to overwhelm all other values in society.

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Fear Makes It Easy for Governments to Expand Power

Big GovernmentHealthLegal System

Blog03/25/2020

Why are governments so enthusiastic about shutting down businesses when other less draconian measures are available and prudent? The answer lies in the fact that governments can act with near impunity and want to maximize their power.

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