Topic: Government

The Supreme Court’s Complicity in Our Loss of Freedom

– January 14, 2023

“Too many of the former and present members of the Court think of themselves as the nation’s conscience, but they have a great number of sins, both of commission and omission, to atone for” ~ George Leef

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Welcome the Disinflation, Beware the Narrative

– January 13, 2023

“Let us all hope that disinflation proceeds expeditiously and, if it does, we remain mindful that the outcome is in spite of, rather than owing to, central bankers and their narrow assortment of lagging and unpredictable policy instruments.” ~ Peter C. Earle

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How Individuals Enable Tyranny

– January 13, 2023

“Mill, Havel, and Kundera all point us to a terrible truth: our moral weakness, desire to evade responsibility, and illusion that the majority makes right have led us down the slippery slope of forfeiting our freedom.” ~ Barry Brownstein

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Innocence Doesn’t Matter When the Government Wants to Steal Your Money

– January 11, 2023

“If we truly believe that Americans should be considered innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent, then we need to end the scourge of civil asset forfeiture entirely.” ~ Joe Setyon

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Wage and Price Controls Are Not the Answer to Inflation

– January 10, 2023

“If the US imposed economy-wide price controls, as Krugman proposes, it would not stop inflation, just as the Emperor Diocletian’s economy-wide controls did not stop Roman inflation and just as the 1970s economy-wide controls did not stop US inflation.” ~ Raymond C. Niles

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Taxation in the Data Economy: The ‘Invisible’ Competition

– January 9, 2023

“It remains to be seen whether data experts and policymakers will come up with a tax that encapsulates ‘fairness, certainty, convenience, and efficiency’ as Adam Smith argued for, but each idea is worth hearing in today’s data-governed market.” ~ Virginia Fournari & April Liu

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The Twitter Files: Lenin Would Be Proud

– January 8, 2023

“When your main mission is to do the bidding of the state, rather than serving consumers in the voluntary marketplace, you are not really a private company in the true sense of the term. Your company is not a market phenomenon.” ~ Brian Balfour

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Three Errors Paul Ehrlich Keeps Making

– January 7, 2023

“In Ehrlich’s worldview, humanity only transgresses and can only cause harm. In Simon’s view, humanity takes primacy and the sources of its enrichment also repair many harms done to the environment, and eventually allows improvements.” ~ Vincent Geloso

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Goodhart’s Law Explains School Decay

– January 5, 2023

“By disentangling ourselves from measures and rankings, we can return to a focus on what education does for the human mind, not just the data sheets.” ~ Laura Williams

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When Federal Interest Payments Come to Exceed the Military Budget: Time to Stop Defending the Rest of the World

– January 5, 2023

“The US economy no longer can sustain a policy of endless war. Rising interest rates highlight the dismal state of Uncle Sam’s finances. Fiscal reality, as well as good sense, tells the US to focus on its own security.” ~ Doug Bandow

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Economic Reality Is Far Too Complex to Be Improved By Trade Restrictions

– January 4, 2023

“Unlike market participants guided by prices, politicians and administrators literally have no reliable information to guide them. They will therefore be guided exclusively by their own biases and hunches.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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What Deeper Lessons Can We Learn From Southwest Airlines’ Meltdown?

– January 4, 2023

“The lesson of Southwest Airlines’ debacle is not that it was ‘dumb’ or ‘shortsighted.’ Rather, it should make all of us think more deeply about the opportunity costs and benefits of small, or marginal changes in this efficiency-resiliency tradeoff.” ~ Craig J. Richardson

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