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Venezuelans are defenseless against a government that runs roughshod over their civil liberties and economic livelihood.
The Gilded Age's enormous gains in incomes and standards of living showed what individuals were capable of creating when the government was shackled.
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The US private sector badly needs to de-politicize itself. Also: more government regulation isn't the answer.
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Federal efforts to confiscate property without due process are a problem. Nor is it a coincidence that the targeted property includes personal firearms.
In the era of relative market freedom, many of Venezuela's best years were during times of low oil prices. Trying to blame Venezuelan socialism's failure on oil prices only highlights how fragile economies are without markets.
Bush’s policies have not made the world safer for democracy, nor the U.S. safer domestically.
With direct access to data and regulatory power, unelected bureaucrats can be a greater threat to private and property rights than elected officials.
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The Bolívar’s collapse is rather tragic, considering the Bolívar was actually one of Latin Americas’ strongest currencies during Venezuela’s peak from the 1950s to 1970s.