A Letter from the Editor

– August 23, 2021

“So join us, starting tomorrow, for what comes next from Great Barrington and AIER. It is my honor to help steer this wonderful ship, and I look forward to sharing our content with all of you.” ~ James R. Harrigan

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Ambrose Bierce’s Pro-Freedom Cynicism

– August 17, 2021

“Freedom fighters need all the comic relief they can find. The laughs that Bierce delivers are combined with lines that pierce perpetual political frauds now more than ever.” ~ James Bovard

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Spencer Roane, Enduring Paladin of States’ Rights

– August 17, 2021

“Roane believed that it was imprudent to limit judicial review to one institution because ‘all history teaches’ that ‘power is an encroaching thing, and that all men who possess it, will feel it and forget right.'” ~ Robert E. Wright

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Money is What You Hold Between Production and Consumption

– August 15, 2021

“What monetary competition and the search for a new-and-improved regime does so well is indicate the necessity of money to move value through time and space. That search continues.” ~ Joakim Book

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Populist Prophets, Public Profits, and the Pied Pipers of Lucre

– August 10, 2021

“Keith Gill and the WallStreetBets horde aren’t going anywhere, and their crusade is not unique. They are preceded by many other campaigns, the earliest of which were Thomas Lawson’s in early 20th century Boston.” ~ Peter C. Earle

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American Democrats—Then and Now

– August 9, 2021

“The Biden Administration extended the CDC eviction moratorium despite admitting it was ‘unable to find legal authority for a new, targeted eviction moratorium,’ after extensive efforts to do so.” ~ Gary M. Galles

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The Fall of the Dominoes

– August 5, 2021

“What we can do at this point is to look back at key points where we could have stopped them falling – like taking seriously the idea of a limited government and the principle of sound money – and ensure that, when the dust settles, we warn future generations not to repeat those errors.” ~ Antony Davies

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From Fast Growth to No Growth to De-Growth

– August 4, 2021

“Whereas some anti-capitalists wish earnestly for capitalism’s end and yearn for a future utopia of non-capitalist wealth (a contradiction), others of them yearn for the world known before capitalism, the non-capitalist world that was fundamentally feudal and medieval.” ~ Richard M. Salsman

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The Real Cost of Public Debt Is Not a Dollar Amount; It’s Freedom

– August 4, 2021

“Liberty is not measurable in dollars; it is priceless. As such, we should argue against any infringement on liberty—in this case public debt—for that reason.” ~ Jonathan W. Plante

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The Rise of the Erudite Technocrats

– August 2, 2021

“The expert, as ushered into politics by people like Jan Tinbergen’s brand of highly capable and motivated scientists, has been here for a long time. Whether they’re here to stay is a different matter.” ~ Joakim Book

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What About “Whataboutism?”

– July 26, 2021

“When the cry of ‘Well… what about X?’ arises in argumentation, it is a good time to step back and evaluate the claim through the eyes of others. It may be that the claim holds no merit. Alternatively, it may open our eyes to bigger problems that we’ve failed to notice.” ~ Anthony Gill

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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Call Leftists “Liberal”

– July 24, 2021

“If we are to stand up for liberal civilization, we must first appreciate the great arc of liberalism—that is, the development of liberalism, beginning, say, with the printing press in the fifteenth century and its subsequent ups and downs, and across liberal civilization, not just the American scene.” ~ Daniel B. Klein

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