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The Greatest of Modern Demagogues

Friedrich Hayek called Franklin Roosevelt "the greatest of modern demagogues."

12/09/2019Power & Market
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Democracy Is Coercive, No Matter What "Civic Republicans" Say

Blog12/06/2019

For an advocate of civil republicanism, you could be drafted into the army, or taxed at very high rates, and that's fine because you participated in a process (democracy) in which you helped pick your own rulers. This view of freedom has a few problems.

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What Venezuela Needs for a Prosperous Future

Blog12/04/2019

Political and economic salvation for Venezuela can come only from the Venezuelan people themselves. They cannot be “forced to be free.”

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John Rawls's Unfortunate Notions of the Nation-State

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog11/29/2019

John Rawls claimed "justice" demands governments use their power to benefit the least well off in a given society. But then he arbitrarily restricts the scope of these programs to particular nation-states. This betrays a fundamental problem with his idea of inequality.

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How Entrepreneurs Learn from the Marketplace

The Entrepreneur

Blog11/28/2019

In a world of demanding and ever-changing consumers, there is always a way to do things better, with greater quality, and at a lower price. Entrepreneurs must learn how to do this, or they will lose out to those who can.

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Catholics and Libertarians

Anthony Flood has written a defense of the compatibility of Austro-libertarianism with Roman Catholic thought, in response to a book by Christopher Ferrara critical of Austrian economics and libertarian ideas.

11/27/2019Power & Market
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A Problem with Paternalism

Blog11/22/2019

Paternalism has in recent years made a comeback, but its philosophical foundation is quite flimsy.

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Conservatism: A Vanishing Tradition

U.S. EconomyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog11/20/2019

Today's neoconservatives have found common cause with the Left in destroying those who disagree with them. In fact, this habit of denying a forum to any and all dissenters has a long tradition in the conservative movement.

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