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The Jones Act: 100 Years of Failed Protectionism

Blog06/04/2020

June 5 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Jones Act, a law passed to protect the domestic water transportation industry from outside competition.

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The Hydroxychloroquine Controversy Is a Reminder That Prescription Laws Are a Government Racket

Bureaucracy and RegulationHealth

Blog05/28/2020

In a free country, doctors would be free to prescribe whatever drugs they wish to anyone for any reason. In fact, individuals should be free to buy drugs without a special government-required doctor's note.

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Can Monopoly Money Save the Stock Market? Or Will It Buy Stagnation?

Financial MarketsMonetary Policy

Blog05/12/2020

Rather than spurring real economic gains, the Federal Reserve’s unorthodox QE program has supported and extended the debt grid and generated asset exuberance. But this can only go on as long as there's capacity for more debt.

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Decades of Productivity Gains Have Made Our Debt Bomb Manageable (For Now)

InflationPricesProduction Theory

Blog05/02/2020

Although the money supply has greatly increased, accompanying growth in production has made it possible to keep the current system of immense debt increase going for a long time.

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To Avoid a Collapse of the Eurozone, Europe Moves Closer to a European Megastate

Big GovernmentGlobal EconomyMonetary Policy

Blog05/01/2020

Debt-ridden countries such as Italy will come to rely more and more on Germans and other northern Europeans to finance their debt. This will require a more unified Europe. Or the whole thing may collapse.

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A Protest from France

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionFree Markets

Blog04/30/2020

The lockdowns of the past month have not been conducive to the common good. While they have saved the lives of many people, they have also endangered—and are still endangering—the lives and livelihoods of many others. They have created a new and dangerous political precedent.

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We Don't Know If the COVID-19 Shock Will Be Inflationary or Deflationary

InflationInterventionism

Blog04/28/2020

Government restrictions on production are driving prices up as unemployment drives them down. It's impossible to say now whether price inflation or price deflation will be the predominant factor in the crisis's next phase.

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What the COVID-19 Crisis Means for Europe and the Eurozone

Booms and BustsMonetary Policy

Blog04/27/2020

It is fundamentally wrong to put the entire economy at the service of a single goal and to commit to a single solution. Human action always involves weighing up different goals and different means.

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