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The COVID-19 "Lockdowns" Are What Twenty-First-Century Mob Rule Looks Like

Blog04/07/2020

There is a misconception among critics of the COVID-19 lockdowns that they're being imposed over the howls of the local population, which wants freedom. If only that were true.

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The US's COVID-19 Death Rate Is Far Below the Rates in Italy and Spain

Blog03/24/2020

Contrary to a recent headline, the US is not about to become the "epicenter" of COVID-19. In fact, the death rate of COVID-19 is lower in the US than at the same point in the timeline for many other countries we are told are comparable to the US.

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The Fed’s Massive Injection of "Liquidity" Also Benefits Uncle Sam

The FedFinancial MarketsMonetary Policy

Blog03/16/2020

By announcing that it is willing to throw up to $1.5 trillion in electronically created money in order to give three-month loans to those institutions that bought Treasury debt earlier, the Fed is bailing out not only the holders of Treasury debt, but also the Treasury itself.

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The CDC's Budget Is Larger Now Than Under Obama

Blog03/11/2020

Many left-wing pundits and politicians are claiming that the Centers for Disease Control budget was "gutted" in recent years. But the CDC's budget is now higher than it was in the final years of the Obama administration.

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The "Market Monetarists" and NGDP Targeting

Financial MarketsMonetary PolicyOther Schools of Thought

Blog03/10/2020

A relatively new challenge to the Austrian framework comes from the “market monetarists” and their endorsement of a central bank policy of “level targeting” of nominal gross domestic product.

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The US Constitution Needs an Expiration Date

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionStrategy

Blog03/05/2020

The Swiss constitution wisely puts a "date of expiration" on the central government's taxing power every 10-15 years. Voters have to vote "yes" to extend this power. Americans should demand something similar, both for taxes and for much more.

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The Fed Slashes Rates as Powell Declares Economy "Strong"

The FedFinancial MarketsMonetary Policy

Blog03/03/2020

Today's rate cut of 50 basis points is the largest rate cut since December 2008, in the midst of the aftermath of the financial crisis. But Chairman Powell insists the US economy is "strong."

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The US's "Free Trade" Isn't Very Free

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog02/27/2020

Whether we're talking about the Trump years or not, the idea that the United States embraces unconditional free trade at all costs—while being victimized by foreign protectionists—is based on fantasy.

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