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Foreign Aid Is Protectionism

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical TheoryProduction Theory

Blog07/23/2020

The economic nationalist faces a dilemma. Foreign aid handouts and economic protectionism are not only wholly compatible in theory, but the effects of foreign aid perfectly complement economic nationalists’ goals.

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Demolishing the Lincoln Myth, Yet Again

Book ReviewsDecentralization and SecessionU.S. History

Blog07/18/2020

DiLorenzo demolishes the mythological view that Lincoln's primary motive for opposing secession in 1861 was his distaste for slavery. 

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Walter Berns and the Cult of "Patriotic" Sacrifice

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog07/17/2020

Berns thinks America has a fundamental problem: he believes not enough people in America are willing to sacrifice their lives to the state.

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Equality Is Good—Believe It or Else

ProgressivismPovertyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog07/10/2020

Ultimately, the case for equality doesn’t amount to more than “You must believe in equality—because you must!”

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The Dangers Posed by State-Controlled Digital Currency

Central BanksInflationMonetary Policy

Blog07/07/2020

If we choose to break the state monopoly of money and allow private digital currencies to compete, a myriad of different solutions will emerge to serve a myriad of different needs.

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Nozick and the Minimal State

Blog07/03/2020

Nozick tries and fails to show how a minimal state might justifiably arise from Rothbardian anarchy.

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Empathy for the Poor Is Not Enough

Poverty

It's a good thing when politicians recognize that there are people out there who are less fortunate than the political class. But this empathy only does anyone any good if policymakers refrain from socialistic government schemes that make poverty worse.

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Thomas Sowell: Understanding Markets and Free Choice

Free MarketsSocialismU.S. History

Blog06/30/2020

Thomas Sowell has a gift for explaining how markets are simply the result of human beings making free choices. There is no single market answer to a problem. There are countless answers.

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