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Coerced Confessions: How the Plea Bargain Replaced Physical Torture

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog02/15/2020

When the government 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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Chilean Protesters Claim Inequality Made Them Do It

Global Economy

Blog10/31/2019

It's hard to see how burning subway cars and torching businesses will reduce inequality in Chile. But the protestors there claim their violence is justified by the fact some people are richer than others.

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Central Banks Haven't Always Been Quite as Bad as They Are Now

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Restrained by both ideology and public sentiment, central banks were once kept from the sort of antics they now regularly indulge in.

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China Must Walk a Fine Line Between Nationalism and Global Trade

Global EconomyProtectionism and Free TradeWar and Foreign Policy

Blog05/24/2018

The Chinese government has to present unbreakable strength, but they are more vulnerable to a trade war than they admit. 

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Class Theory and Cultural Marxism

SocialismWorld History

Blog02/01/2018
Modern ideas of political correctness are often real-world applications of Marx’s opposition to people with the "wrong" class consciousness.
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Cradles of Capitalism: the City-States of Greece and Italy

World HistoryEntrepreneurshipMoney and Banking

Ancient and Renaissance city-states were some of the greatest incubators of economic and entrepreneurial activity.

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Can a Modern Central Bank Still Be a "Banker's Bank"?

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

The culture of central banking has ventured so far from a culture of restraint that it's unlikely anything but abolition will now fix matters.

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Can Switzerland Survive Today's Assault on Cash and Sound Money?

Money and BanksWorld History

The Swiss love of privacy and sound economics has endured for centuries. But global trends continue to chip away at these venerable traditions.

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