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Native Americans Had a Lot More Private Property Than You Think

Property RightsU.S. HistoryPrivate Property

Blog09/02/2021

Many scholars employ excessively narrow notions of homesteading which wrongly suggest that virtually all Indian hunting grounds and food sources were "unowned."  

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"Nudging" Policy Is about Control, Not Freedom

Rationalism

Blog09/02/2021

To the extent that Cass Sunstein's "nudge" policy relies on behavioral economics, it relies upon a fallacy.

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Afghanistan: A Tragically Stupid War Comes to a Tragic End

Blog09/01/2021

Trump shares some of the blame. He wanted to get out years ago, but never had the courage to stand up to the incompetent generals and “experts” he foolishly hired to advise him.

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Preserving Capital through Bankruptcy

Booms and Busts

Blog09/01/2021

While bankruptcy has a negative connotation in the business world, “Bankruptcy fulfills the crucially important social function of preserving the available stock of capital."

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Central Banks Can't Taper in This Slowdown

Global Economy

Blog09/01/2021

Central banks are faced with the devil’s alternative created by their own policy. Either let inflation run and create a stagflation problem or scare the markets by tapering. 

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China’s Military Strength Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Blog09/01/2021

China is a rapidly aging, inefficient, conflict-ridden, and relatively poor country that simply is not on the road to seriously challenging the US’s hegemony.

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Review: Chaining Down Leviathan: The American Dream of Self-Government, 1776–1865

Blog08/31/2021

Bassani's book reveals that the drive for decentralized government was far from being a reactionary, postratification political strategy. It was the very cornerstone of the American political system.

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Why Does the Fed Say Current Debt Levels Are not Sustainable?

U.S. Economy

Blog08/31/2021

A few months ago US national debt exceeded $28 trillion. This number is certainly the one economists usually work with, but does this figure capture a long-term perspective?

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