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Coerced Confessions: How the Plea Bargain Replaced Physical Torture

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog02/15/2020

When American governments created public police forces one hundred years ago, they often relied on torture to extract confessions. But now they have new methods: threatening to pile on new charges until the defendant takes a plea agreement.

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China's Economic Schemes Hurt the Chinese Most of All

Free MarketsGlobal EconomyProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog02/12/2020

Like Trump, I want China to stop manipulating its economy. But not for the same reasons Trump does.

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California's Anti-Self-Employment Law Is Already Crushing Freelancers

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationLabor and Wages

Blog01/18/2020

State lawmakers possess an infinite source of good intentions. Wielding the power of this limitless benevolence and munificence, politicians are regulating the lives of citizens while eviscerating their existence in the process.

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Conservatives Are Increasingly Wrong about Market Freedom

Cronyism and CorporatismLabor and WagesMedia and CultureU.S. History

Blog01/10/2020

The conservative case against market freedom is based on the belief that if change disrupts the status quo in any way, or if companies impose cost reductions that result in a shifting of employment — or even some layoffs — then government should step in and take control.

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Conservation in the Free Market

Blog01/04/2020

One of the most disquieting features of the environmentalist movement is its evident abhorrence of modern technology and its Romanticist back-to-nature philosophy. Technology and civilization are responsible, they say, for crowding, pollution, despoliation of resources, so let us therefore...

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Chile Is in Danger of Becoming Just Another Crisis-Ridden Latin American Country

Media and CultureSocialismWorld History

Blog12/23/2019

Axel Kaiser writes that Chileans’ “advantage is due to an historical accident, which is now coming to an end” and predicted that “Chile will show, in the coming years, that it is nothing more than any other Latin-American country.”

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Chile's Economic Model Is a Success Story in Crisis-Prone South America

Big GovernmentWorld History

Blog12/17/2019

Since 1975, Chile’s per capita income has increased fourfold, making it Latin America’s most prosperous country today.

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Chilean Protesters Could End Chile's Decades of Progress

World History

Blog12/10/2019

The history of Latin America is filled with tragic stories of countries reaching great heights — Argentina and Venezuela come to mind — and then falling back to mediocrity. Chile could be next if the protesters get their way.

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