Category Archives: Zero-sum

Trump is not the problem; the system that created Trump is the problem

As 2016 Super Tuesday results filed in, a sinking feeling could be felt across the country. Political pundits and lay voters alike realized that Donald J. Trump had a good chance of securing a majority of the states’ primaries, which … Continue reading

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The conundrum of rights–natural rights vs. civil rights and the disintegration of order

If the recent debate over RFRA laws and same-sex marriage teaches us anything, it is not that there are a bunch of bigots out there or that there are people being unjustly discriminated against. It is that, as a nation, … Continue reading

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Democracy no more

(PolicyMic) A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America … Continue reading

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George Will, increasingly intelligent

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January … Continue reading

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The growing incentive to give up U.S. citizenship

(Bloomberg) Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship surged sixfold in the second quarter from a year earlier as the government prepares to introduce tougher asset-disclosure rules. Expatriates giving up their nationality at U.S. embassies climbed to 1,131 in the three months through … Continue reading

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To a government that has forgotten its place

(The Objective Standard) On June 4, Becky Gerritson, a founder of the Wetumpka Tea Party in Alabama, testified before congress about the IRS’s abusive practices toward Tea Party groups. Her poignant words deserve repeating. Gerritson began by explaining what motivated her to … Continue reading

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Fighting corruption with corruption

How do a people protect themselves against a government when that government is the only way to protect them? (Ad-In) We heard recently that the Department of Justice will be investigating the unconstitutional actions of the IRS as they targeted and intimidated … Continue reading

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Murray Rothbard on the founding of the Federal Reserve 100 years ago

A speech by Murray N. Rothbard. Presented at the Mises Institute’s 1984 “Seminar on Money and Government,” in Houston, Texas.

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Stock market near all time high…so is money supply

(Freakonomics) U.S. stock markets* are flirting with all-time highs (it may happen today) but I am hearing and reading very little about it. Why is that? I can think of a few possible reasons, and am eager to hear yours. … Continue reading

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The Overview Effect–the psychology of looking back from space

(The Overview Effect) Who would have thought traveling to outer space could be such a profound experience? OK, probably everybody, but these former astronauts really articulate it in a way that was just a little mind-blowing.

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The Fiscal Cliff blame game

(Cafe Hayek) If you only read the Washington Post and certain bloggers, the Republicans are to blame if we go over the fiscal cliff. They’re unwilling to compromise–they refuse to raise taxes and only want spending cuts. Compromise is a … Continue reading

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Land, the new gold

(CNBC) Two billionaire brothers from Texas recently bought 177,000 acres of ranch land in Montana, bringing their total land holdings in the state to more than 276,000. The brothers, Farris and Dan Wilks, who made their money from selling Frac Tech … Continue reading

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What if money didn’t matter?

How do you like to spend your life? What do you desire? what if money didn’t matter? What if money was no object? Alan Watts explores the possibilities. Put frankly as it is, it makes no sense that folks should … Continue reading

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When in the Course of human events…

In the wake of the latest election, several states have petitioned the White House to peacefully secede from the United States. Sometimes, that is all that seems to be left in a system that is overgrown and overbearing. The US … Continue reading

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What to do in a divided nation?

From the Introduction of the book: During the run-up to the mid-term election in 2010, as it became apparent that scores of Democrats would be replaced by a troop of Republican ‘Tea Party’ candidates, a bystander was almost guaranteed to … Continue reading

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Freedom free fall

(Cato) Global economic freedom bounced back slightly in this year’s report. After falling for two consecutive years following a long trend of increases, the average score rose from 6.79 in 2009 to 6.83 in 2010, the most recent year for … Continue reading

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The irony of choice

(Mark Steyn) So this is America’s best and brightest – or, at any rate, most expensively credentialed. Sandra Fluke has been blessed with a quarter-million dollars of elite education, and, on the evidence of Wednesday night, is entirely incapable of … Continue reading

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Charter cities set for development

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Investors can begin construction in six months on three privately run cities in Honduras that will have their own police, laws, government and tax systems now that the government has signed a memorandum of agreement approving … Continue reading

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When the law contradicts what most people regard as moral and proper, they will break the law whether the law is enacted in the name of a noble ideal such as equality or in the naked interest of one group at the expense of another.

Milton Friedman, Free to Choose.

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Are we advancing technologically? Economically?

PETER THIEL: But I think that when you look at this question of how much technological progress has been happening, we get into all these complicated measurement issues.  The one that I cite as the big data point is that … Continue reading

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