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What Year Did Healthcare Become a "Right"?

Blog02/05/2020

Was healthcare a natural right two hundred years ago? If so, how is it that this "right" to eighteenth-century medicine morphed into a right to MRIs and chemotherapy? Do rights change with technology? That's not how rights work.

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Why Voting Doesn't Tell Us What Voters Really Want

Decentralization and SecessionStrategy

Blog02/01/2020

In a large enough democracy, the impact of an individual vote is statistically zero on the margin. 

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Why Democracy Doesn't Give Us What We Want

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/30/2020

Uncritically holding democracy out as an ideal overlooks the question of whether market democracy or political democracy better serves citizens.

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What We Really Mean When We Talk About Values and Prices in the Marketplace

PricesValue and Exchange

Blog01/24/2020

Values of goods are not static things that can be used for central planning. Values apply only to a particular transaction at a particular place and at a given time by human beings.

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Why "One Man, One Vote" Doesn't Work

Decentralization and Secession

Blog01/23/2020

Efforts to abolish the US Senate because it's "undemocratic" employ a very crude and dangerous type of majoritarianism.

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Why Bad GDP Metrics Lead to Bad Policy

Booms and Busts

Blog01/22/2020

Our flawed economic measure called GDP leads to a flawed and skewed view of the economy in which consumer spending is the most important metric.

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What Free Market Money Would Look Like

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Monetary affairs have always been subject to government intervention of one kind or another, but there is no reason money could not be produced and regulated in a free marketplace.

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Working around Leviathan

Big GovernmentGlobal EconomyU.S. HistoryPhilosophy and Methodology

01/16/2020Mises Daily Articles
It's a paradox: never before has a government in human history assumed unto itself the power to regulate the minutiae of daily life as much as this one. At the same time the United States is overall the wealthiest society in the history of the world.
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