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Why Society Doesn't Need the State

AnarchyLiberalismPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory


Thomas Hill Green, an eighteenth-century English philosopher, didn't believe it was possible to have a good society without a powerful state. David Gordon explains why Green’s argument fails to impress.

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Why Open Borders Don't Work for Small Countries

World History


The arguments of open-borders advocates may be applicable in some corners of the developed world. However, for small countries next to larger ones, open borders bring serious geopolitical consequences. 

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What Is Happening to College Sports?

AntipoliticsFree MarketsMedia and Culture


As the NCAA Transfer Portal and the NIL programs change the landscape of college sports, critics claim it will "ruin" athletics. Most likely, it will make sports even more competitive and energize fan bases.

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Why Argentina Needs Free Cities

Decentralization and SecessionEconomic FreedomFree MarketsSocialism


For most of the past century, Argentina has seen the destruction wrought by collectivism. To reverse the damage, the nation must allow decentralization, beginning with free cities.

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Why the Fed Sends Mixed Messages on Rate Cuts

U.S. EconomyMoney and Banking

The Fed's muddled messaging helps to illustrate how the Fed seeks to serve various political interests while also trying to avoid the political pitfalls of both high price inflation and economic stagnation.
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Why More Secession Means Lower Taxes and More Trade

Decentralization and Secession


In recent decades, there is scant evidence to suggest that post-secession breakaway countries raise trade barriers or raise taxes more than larger status quo states. In fact, smaller states are more likely to see the benefits of international cooperation.

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When Nationalism Fuels Decentralization and Secession: Lessons from the Cold War


If we say secession in the name of national liberation is bad, we end up supporting the Soviet Union, and every empire or two-bit dictator who manages to hammer together a variety of disparate groups under a single national banner.
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When Medical Authorities Went Totalitarian: Understanding Covid Policies and Protocols

AntipoliticsHealthPoliticsThe Police State


The response to the covid-19 outbreak is better understood as a tool of the national security state rather than as a public health measure.

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