burdenofproof

The Burden of Proof Needs to Change

– September 17, 2018

If something is wrong in society, whom should be charged with fixing it? Today, there is a presumption that government should be.

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justdoit

Kaepernick’s Cause Means Something to the Market

– September 6, 2018

You might observe that this is the free market’s way to co-opt the anti-racist movement on behalf of capitalist profits. But maybe that’s not a criticism. Maybe that’s a way to get the message out and make it more culturally operational.

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destruction

How to Destroy the Value of Work and Property

– August 27, 2018

Overstating how misinformed, unrealistic, and just plain wacky are the economics that underlie these proposals of Sens. Warren and Sanders is impossible. Also impossible to overstate is the amount of damage that enactment of these proposals would inflict on the American economy.

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aretha

Aretha Franklin’s Individualist Art

– August 19, 2018

When it comes to meaningful change, that type of cultural shift that really dissolves the blindfold created by collectivism, there’s nothing more effective than art.

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endoflife2

Andrea Rich, RIP

– August 3, 2018

The movement as it was known has been through ups and downs but it has finally settled on what Andrea knew all along. Liberty is a big tent with many iterations. Its roots are not in mass political organizing but in beautiful ideals and dreams of a freer world.

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plannedcity

What Can and Cannot Be Planned

– August 3, 2018

No one created that muddy track; it is the result of individuals going where they want to go. But if enough people walk there, it wears out the grass and makes the ground hard and packed down. The “path” emerges, although no one planned it.

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antimarket

Anti-Market Atavism Explained

– July 30, 2018

Moral norms that served small bands of humans well 10,000 years ago — share, cooperate, punish anyone who violates the rules — are no longer very good at helping people navigate commercial society.  Ask someone about price-gouging laws, or kidney sales, or generally talk about the role of price as an indispensable signal of scarcity. Most people will get upset.

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dracula

Socialism, Like Dracula, Rises Again From the Grave

– July 16, 2018

How very appealing was the socialist idea in the late 19th and early (pre-WWI) 20th centuries! All the burdens of life and everyday work, all the seemingly unjust inequalities of material wealth observable in society, and all the uncertainties of health care and old age would be lifted from the weary shoulders of the common man with the arrival of socialism.  

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democracy

When “Democracy” Becomes a Threat to Liberty

– July 3, 2018

Friends of freedom, including many of those who strongly believed in and fought for representative and democratically elected government in the 18th and 19th centuries, often expressed fearful concerns that “democracy” could, itself, become a threat to the liberty of many of the very people that democratic government was supposed to protect from political abuse.

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Free-Speech-Zone

The Philosophical Reason for the Attacks on Free Speech

– July 1, 2018

In the old days, people associated the Left with an ethos akin to the ACLU today: the right to speak, publish, and associate. The turn that took place with the New Left actually flipped whatever remaining attachment that the old left had with freedom.

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ATT@T

High Regulation Causes Unwarranted Consolidation

– June 18, 2018

If we are concerned about the rise of the ginormous corporation, and perhaps we should be, why not start with lowering barriers to entry, removing regulations, cutting more taxes, blasting away expensive mandates and litigation landmines? If we work toward a truly laissez-faire environment for business, we could let the market discover the right combination of big, medium, and small that serves consumers best. Piling interventions upon interventions takes us in exactly the wrong direction.

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Marx Data

Big Data and Central Planning

– June 14, 2018

Does the rise of big data make Marx’s centrally planned utopia feasible? The answer is a big no.

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