Topic: Government

The Dollar and its Domestic Enemies

– June 7, 2024

“The greatest threat to the soundness and utility of the US dollar comes not from shadowy figures in faraway lands, but from unremarkable apparatchiks carrying out the edicts of US officialdom.” ~Peter C. Earle

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Why Does the Federal Government Borrow? 

– May 30, 2024

“Policymakers have an incentive to finance spending with money printing and debt to hide the cost of spending from taxpayers. These costs cannot be hidden forever, though.” ~Thomas Savidge

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Whither the American Dream? 

– May 28, 2024

“While the American dream was in its ascendancy, the Democratic left splintered, creating two factions which helped kill the American dream.” ~Ryan Bourne

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FISA Destroys the Rule of Law

– May 22, 2024

“Evidence…cannot be challenged by opposing counsel and are highly classified. This has resulted in the drone-like ‘rubber stamping’ of warrantless surveillance conducted without oversight or challenge.” ~Spence Purnell

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Private Governance Will Make You Free

– May 16, 2024

“Enforcement of these emergent rules can be accomplished largely by what Adam Smith called ‘propriety,’ rather than by armed employees of the state.” ~Michael Munger

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Every Village a Republic

– May 10, 2024

“Article I, Section 10 might protect local communities from federal abuse, as intended by the Founders, but offers no tools to simultaneously protect ourselves from local tyrannies.” ~David Gillette and Thaddeus Meadows

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Failed Proof that Every Vote Counts

– May 2, 2024

“Many candidates who have vociferously insisted that ‘every vote counts’ push policies that deny vast numbers of Americans the right to get what they would vote for if given the choice.” ~Gary Galles

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The Justice of an All-Volunteer Military

– April 17, 2024

“A person who voluntarily enlists in the military obviously believes that that employment option is the best one for him or her. In exchange for his or her performance of military duties, that soldier or sailor is paid.” ~Donald J. Boudreaux

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Principleless, Panicked and Power-Hungry

– April 3, 2024

“The authoritarian response to COVID amounted to the biggest inroads on our civil liberties in two hundred years… the judges were as frightened and panicked as most everyone else.” ~James Allan

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Government Project: The Eternal Folly of Central Planning

– April 1, 2024

“Edward Banfield’s careful case study of the Casa Grande project, based on his review of the detailed government records, is a sobering critique of government planning and social engineering.” ~Mark Pulliam

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Reforms for West Virginia’s Future

– February 15, 2024

“You could say the state is mired in the economic theories and nostrums of the past, a Great-Depression-era philosophy of government jobs and ‘managed’ competition.” ~William Ruger and Jason Sorens

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The Manure Lobby: Farmer Fury in Europe

– February 13, 2024

“When a motivated and adequately organized group combines to concentrate its lobbying power on government, it generates foreseeable incentives for the ruling legislatures.” ~Paul Schwennesen

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