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When It Comes to National Defense, Bigger Isn't Always Better

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog10 hours ago

Many observers of international affairs assume that larger, more populous states are necessarily more powerful. But the reality is wealth and economic development are the most critical factors in securing true military power. 

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Why the Covid Shutdowns of Public Schools Are Driving So Many to Homeschooling

EducationLabor and Wages

Blog01/18/2021

Students have been denied in-person schooling. At the same time, millions of women—many of whom have children—have been thrown out of work. Suddenly, homeschooling became a much more viable and necessary option. 

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What Is Fascism? It's the System We've Been Living under for Decades.

U.S. HistoryWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy, exalts the police state, denies fundamental liberties to individuals, and makes the executive state the unlimited master of society.

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What Does "Freedom" Mean? There Are Many Different Answers.

Book ReviewsWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog01/13/2021

"These days most people tend to equate freedom with the possession of inalienable individual rights, rights that demarcate a private sphere no government may infringe on. But has this always been the case?"

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When "Free Trade" Agreements Are a Polite Form of Protectionism

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog01/12/2021

With the Caribbean trade bloc Caricom, we find an international "free" trade agreement being used by a Dominica-based company to demand more limits  on trade between Jamaica and a country outside the bloc. This isn't about free trade. 

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Why Mainstream Economic Forecasts Are So Often Wrong

Money and BankingPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/08/2021

Thanks to politics, confirmation bias, and bad monetary economics, central banks have a lousy record when it comes to economic forecasts. 

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Why Trump Voters Don't Trust the People Who Count the Votes

Political Theory

Blog01/06/2021

If the FBI and the Pentagon have already demonstrated their officials are willing to break and bend rules to obstruct Trump, why believe the administrative class when they insist elections are free and fair and all above board? 

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Walter Williams: An Unlikely Proponent of Secession

U.S. History

Blog01/05/2021

Now is not the time to pine for the days of agreeable politics. In recent decades, the US has gone through radical political and cultural transformations that are making the country progressively ungovernable. 

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