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Oregon Legalizes Self-Serve Gas, Twitter Chronicles the Crisis

– January 8, 2018

Residents of Oregon became outraged when a new law took effect allowing motorists in rural counties to, perish the thought, pump their own gas.

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The Philosophical Underpinnings of the Trump-Bannon Split

– January 4, 2018

What has gone completely missing here is a burning philosophical and ideological dispute between two wings of Trumpism. One seethes with right-wing Hegelian longings for an overthrow of the modern world and a resuscitation of tribalist nationalism (in short, fascism). The other is quasi-liberal at its best, seeking mostly to get government off our backs and unleash merchant-driven enterprise and economic recovery.

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All I Want for Christmas Is Privatized Airports

– December 21, 2017

Privatization of small airports and allowing low-cost foreign carriers to enter could mean lower prices and more availability during the holidays.

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Taxation Chicanery Won’t Close Pathological Deficits

– December 13, 2017

Reforming taxes to reduce, or even control, the budget deficit is like a cat trying to catch its own tail. Deficit reduction will require major, structural spending reform, an item that is notably absent from the GOP legislative agenda.

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Labor Market Indicators Remain Strong Ahead of November Jobs Report

– December 7, 2017

Recent indicators for the labor market from ADP, Challenger, Gray, and Christmas, and state unemployment insurance programs remain quite strong, suggesting continuing gains in jobs in the U.S. economy.

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How the Tax Reform Entrenches the Welfare State

– December 6, 2017

The GOP plan pursues tax revenue on par with growth. The crafters of the reform have even put tax revenue above growth when the two goals conflict.

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Auto Sales Fell Slightly in November but Remain at a High Level

– December 4, 2017

Auto sales eased back to 17.5 million in November, the second monthly slowing following a hurricane-related surge to 18.6 million in September. Despite the slowing over the latest two months, auto sales remain at a high level by historical comparison.

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Bitcoin’s False Promise of Libertarian Salvation

– December 4, 2017

We should not delude ourselves with notions that our small enclaves of devotees of this or that new technological miracle will make us invulnerable to government coercion. They will not. 

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Taxes Make Netflix, Spotify Victims of Their Own Success

– December 1, 2017

These taxes appear to be imposed on purely digital providers, whether they have any nexus or receive any public services in the state or not, simply to replace the tax revenue lost from traditional, brick-and-mortar storefronts.

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Paul Ryan’s Trojan Horse for the Welfare State

– November 29, 2017

The bill creates a new federal statistical agency: the National Secure Data Service (NSDS). Why? The answer is simple: not-yet-created entitlement programs for which we qualify based on our incomes.

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The Answer to Holiday-Parking Hassles: Let Prices Rise

– November 23, 2017

Scarce parking is a sign that prices need to rise or more parking needs to be created, since the laws of supply and demand apply to parking too.

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Lack of Ideology the GOP Achilles Heel

– November 23, 2017

Perhaps the ideological conversation needs to take a new route, one that cuts between the equally unrepentant libertarian and egalitarian camps, and maybe this third route can share the same goal as the libertarian camp.

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