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U.S. HistoryWorld History


In the United States, the two-party system of the old days is seemingly still preserved. But this is only a camouflage of the real situation. In fact, the political life of the United States is determined by the struggle and aspirations of pressure groups.

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Pennsylvania's Lockdown Rules Were Arbitrary, Inconsistent, and Political

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismPolitical Theory


Surprise! An audit of Pennsylvania's covid lockdowns reveals the process lacked any legal consistency or transparency. Yet Pennsylvania's health bureaucrats have used these arbitrary rules to crush the state's entrepreneurs. 

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Politics Won't Fix the American Decline



While it is popular and accurate to blame our societal elites for being inept, the truth is that these leaders, both political and cultural, are reflections of us. 

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Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden: The Man versus the State

Media and Culture


The Italian film director Pietro Marcello brings us a film that visibly moves the needle toward individualism and against collectivism in all its various manifestations.

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Pelosi's "Mandate": What "Consent of the Governed" Really Means



What does "the consent of the governed" mean? In 2020, 53 percent of US residents either voted for someone other than Trump or Biden, or didn’t vote at all. It also means about 75 percent of the population did not vote for Biden. 

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Privacy, Power, Fiscal Policy, the Poor: Four Reasons to Worry about CBDCs

Central BanksMoney and Banks


Central bank digital currencies need to be centralized and manipulable to some extent in order to use them to implement monetary policy, which is central bankers' goal. This characteristic makes them a very risky proposition.

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Pandemics Are Over When the Public Decides They're Over


Government bureaucrats have their own standards for declaring when a pandemic has "officially" ended. But the de facto ending comes when the public stops paying attention. 

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Preelection Survey: What Is This Election About?


In this timely series, several Mises Institute scholars and writers come together to discuss the themes running through the 2020 election race and the most important policy issues for the American presidency.

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