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Democracy's Road to Tyranny

DemocracyPolitical Theory

Blog07/23/2021

The popular pastime of modern democracies of punishing the diligent and thrifty, while rewarding the lazy, improvident, and unthrifty, is cultivated via the State, fulfilling a demo-egalitarian program based on a demo-totalitarian ideology.

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Decentralization: Why the EU May Be Better Than the US

World History

Blog05/28/2021

It's too late for American member states to assert real independence from the central government without facing an avalanche of legal, political, and even military opposition. Europeans would be wise to not put themselves in a similar position.

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Do Austrians "Hate Math"?

Booms and Busts

Blog05/21/2021

Quantitative methods are indeed useful and enlightening in the fields of economic history and descriptive economics. For Mises, however, these fields do not fall within the field of economics, narrowly understood. 

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Does Bitcoin Use "Too Much" Electricity?

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog05/20/2021

Elizabeth Warren has decided that bitcoin mining uses "too much" electricity. This raises an important question: Is Senator Warren qualified to decide on the "correct" amount of electricity usage? 

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Due Process on Campus Keeps Justice on the Streets

LawLegal System

Blog05/07/2021

The reality in colleges today becomes reality on the streets tomorrow. The privileged treatment of women under Title IX has had profound implications for campus sexual misconduct hearings that threaten due process for all.

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Decentralization, Absolutism, and the Papal States

Book Reviews

Blog05/05/2021

The Papal States offer a helpful case study in understanding the transformation of Europe in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, Kertzer's study on the topic is couched in faulty notions of enlightenment and medievalism. 

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Decentralization Is a Step toward Self-Determination

Decentralization and Secession

Blog03/26/2021

Ludwig von Mises understood that locally based governance "follows necessarily from the principle of the rights of man.” And it's why Rothbard supported secession and local governance right down to the most local level possible. 

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Debunking Piketty and the Left's Celebrity Economists

World History

Blog03/20/2021

If you were to browse the economics sections of bookstores here in my home city, Dublin, you would find a wide variety of books by anticapitalist celebrity economists. Books by free market economists? Not so much. 

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