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Blue-State Migrants Probably Aren't Turning Your State Blue

U.S. History

Blog02/15/2019

Many states assumed to be "turning blue" actually get more migrants from red states than from blue states. It's also a bad idea to assume that everyone who moves from Illinois agrees with the median voter from Chicago.

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Why There Should be More Elections, More Often

U.S. History

Blog02/04/2019

Politicians say they need longer terms in office so they can "do more" while in office. That by itself is an argument for shorter terms and more frequent elections.

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Thomas Paine on Paper Money and Morality

Taxes and SpendingU.S. History

Blog01/29/2019

The Hamiltonians foisted a central bank on the people of the United States at the first opportunity. But Thomas Paine wasn't fooled.

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Decentralization Is the Solution to the Government Shutdown

Taxes and SpendingU.S. History

Blog01/18/2019

Not everything needs to turn into a nationwide systemic problem when the federal government is a political mess. We ought to decentralize now to limit the damage the feds can do.

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FDR’s Worst Perversion of Freedom: The "Four Freedoms" Speech

U.S. History

Blog01/17/2019

In 1944, Roosevelt revealed that the original Bill of Rights had “proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.” So he proposed to replace it with something far worse.

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In Defense of the Gilded Age

U.S. History

Blog01/10/2019

The Gilded Age's enormous gains in incomes and standards of living showed what individuals were capable of creating when the government was shackled.

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We Don't Need Neoliberalism — We Already Have Liberalism

U.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog01/07/2019

Neoliberalism is a not a free-market or libertarian ideology. It's really just a throwback to the mercantilism of old, in which government-sponsored monopolies push their agendas on everyone else.

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Government Shutdown Shows Why We Need to Decentralize National Parks

Taxes and SpendingU.S. History

Blog01/03/2019

We're supposed to think it's perfectly normal that Washington DC bureaucrats decide whether or not you can use an outhouse toilet 2,500 miles from DC. Because it's in a "national" park.

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The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Reconsidered

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Blog12/31/2018

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, chief among the naysayers, said, “I was against (use of the atomic bomb) on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing."

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In Praise of Christmas Tree Salesmen

The EntrepreneurU.S. History

Blog12/24/2018

It's thanks to markets and entrepreneurs that turkeys, toys, and Christmas trees can be mass produced and delivered to a great many ordinary people at a reasonable price.

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