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If We Want "Unity," Government Must Become Weaker

Decentralization and SecessionMonopoly and CompetitionPolitical Theory

Blog14 hours ago
The problem of majorities oppressing minorities becomes worse the larger the government becomes. The answer is to make the state weaker.

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The Tragedy of the Commons in the Courtroom

Legal SystemTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog06/22/2017
Since using the court system costs them nothing, police and prosecutors have an incentive to load up the court system with non-violent "crimes."

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Jeff Sessions's Reefer Madness

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

Blog06/20/2017
Jeff Sessions's war against marijuana legalization will do nothing to fight crime or improve health.

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Week in Review: June 17, 2017

Big GovernmentProtectionism and Free TradeMonopoly and CompetitionPolitical TheoryPrivate Property

Blog06/16/2017
One might now say monetary policy has progressed from a policy of "ultra low" rates to simply a policy of low rates.

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Mobility and Nobility

Media and CulturePolitical Theory

Blog06/13/2017
In this review of two new books on social class, Theordore Dalrymple examines some of the realities that frustrate the efforts of the egalitarians.

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The American Architects of The South-African Catastrophe

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

Blog06/09/2017
The South Africans once flirted with a decentralized, federal structure. The United States meddled to make sure that didn't happen.

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Natural-Law Libertarianism and the Pursuit of Justice

Legal SystemPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog06/07/2017
Before endorsing a legal system, libertarians must first figure out what justice is. The natural-law framework is one way of figuring this out.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Another Stealth Tax

Legal SystemTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

Blog06/07/2017
Local governments could go to the taxpayers and ask for more revenue to fight crime. But, it's much easier to seize it from innocent suspects instead.

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Week in Review: June 3, 2017

EducationThe EnvironmentGlobal EconomyHealthBusiness CyclesPolitical Theory

Blog06/02/2017
Political agendas like the Paris Agreement must take into account costs, benefits, and economic reality. "Science" doesn't dictate good policy.

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How 1989's Invasion of Panama Set the Stage for 25 Years of Endless War

War and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

Blog05/31/2017
Manuel Noriega, who died this week, was a central figure in what would become a well-worn post Cold-War American habit of invading small countries.

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