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The Ruling Class Only Cares about Democracy When It Helps Them

10 days ago

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan once remarked that ”[d]emocracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off.” Say what you want about the Turkish president and his extravagant political ambitions, but Erdogan’s statement reveals an uncomfortable truth about the present state of democracy in the West. Irrespective of the political …

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Polarization in Washington Is Forcing Politicians to Decentralize

18 days ago

From gun control to abortion, gridlock and polarization in Washington forces policymakers to look to state and local governments as the centers of political reform. Original Article: “Polarization in Washington Is Forcing Politicians to Decentralize” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.  

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Polarization in Washington Is Forcing Politicians to Decentralize

23 days ago

Can political polarization be used for good? The average political commentator often argues that unity is the highest virtue for any polity. Polarization is constantly lamented and is perceived as a sign of a deteriorating political environment. In fairness, a polarized political climate is not exactly hospitable toward productive political discourse. Against the backdrop of a …

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Government Property Is Sacred. Your Property? Not So Much.

25 days ago

The government tantrum over the Capitol riot has shown that the regime sees its own property as sacrosanct. Your private property, on the other hand, is completely expendable and of no importance whatsoever.  Original Article: “Government Property Is Sacred. Your Property? Not So Much.​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated …

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Government Property Is Sacred. Your Property? Not So Much.

April 9, 2021

In light of the government’s response to the January 6 storming of the Capitol, anyone with a sense of political sanity can no longer argue that the war on terror is separate from American domestic affairs. US imperialism came full circle on January 20, 2021, when Washington, DC, was subject to military occupation during Joe Biden’s inaugural …

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Gun Laws and Decentralization: Lessons from “Constitutional Carry”

April 6, 2021

Forty years ago, the US had almost no legal concealed carry. Then over just a few decades, eighteen states adopted full-blown “constitutional carry” provisions, with many other states adopting concealed carry provisions as well.  Original Article: “Gun Laws and Decentralization: Lessons from “Constitutional Carry”” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated …

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Gun Laws and Decentralization: Lessons from “Constitutional Carry”

March 27, 2021

Few political movements can boast of success like the firearms movement in the United States. Often overlooked is how before the 1980s there was no concept of licensed, let alone unlicensed, concealed carry in the overwhelming majority of the country. The sole exception was Vermont, which through an idiosyncratic state supreme court decision in 1903 has had …

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It’s Time for the US to Withdraw from Korea

March 18, 2021

Pulling troops out of South Korea is an important step in changing the conversation on American foreign policy, which is swamped in platitudes of promoting missionary enterprises abroad and finding new bogeymen to confront.  Original Article: “It’s Time for the US to Withdraw from Korea” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. …

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It’s Time for the US to Withdraw from Korea

March 11, 2021

America’s military footprint abroad is unmatched in human history. With more than eight hundred military bases in over seventy countries across the globe, the US is in an ideal position to carry out all sorts of imperial adventures, though the emerging multipolarity on the world stage with the rise of Russia and China has thrown several wrenches …

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The Idea of Secession Isn’t Going Away

February 22, 2021

Secession is a four-letter word for the millions of Americans who have gone through the conventional educational pipeline that teaches them that the American state is indivisible and sacrosanct. However, intellectually honest historians whose minds haven’t been warped by educational institutions know better than to dismiss secessionism as some nefarious activity that only treasonous Southerners of …

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Beware the Troop-Withdrawal Bait and Switch

January 20, 2021

Foreign policy apparatchiks are adept at gaslighting the public into believing they’re bringing troops back home when in reality they’re either shifting troops around or just biding their time until a new round of “boots on the ground.” Original Article: “Beware the Troop-Withdrawal Bait and Switch​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher …

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Beware the Troop-Withdrawal Bait and Switch

January 18, 2021

One becomes a hardened cynic when following US foreign policy. Such pessimism is justified: looking at nearly two decades’ worth of nation building abroad and a seemingly shatterproof consensus on foreign policy interventionism in DC $6 trillion and roughly seven thousand American lives later, America’s foreign policy machine appears to be chugging along just fine. The …

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Walter Williams: An Unlikely Proponent of Secession

January 5, 2021

There’s no disputing the void that has been left behind since economist Walter Williams passed away in December. Williams had a remarkable ability to convey free market economic concepts in a way the masses could easily digest. Big shoes to fill indeed. Walter Williams’s Sympathy toward Secession One overlooked aspect of Williams’s work was his sympathy …

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California Voters Defeated Affirmative Action and the Left Was Very Surprised

December 30, 2020

Ideally, political elites would like nothing more than state-sponsored ethnic conflict. Having multiple groups pitted against each other in petty political squabbles makes effective opposition against the managerial class virtually impossible. Original Article: “California Voters Defeated Affirmative Action and the Left Was Very Surprised” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated …

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What Chile’s Vote to Change Its Constitution Means for Its Future

December 4, 2020

In recent decades, Chile set itself apart from the rest of Latin America with successful market reforms and a stable political system. Average Chileans prospered. But now that’s all at risk. Original Article: “What Chile’s Vote to Change Its Constitution Means for Its Future”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated …

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The Right to Own a Gun Isn’t Just for Americans

November 30, 2020

Private firearms ownership decentralizes coercive power, transferring some of it from the state to the private individual. Naturally, political regimes oppose this. But even many non-Americans embrace private arms. Original Article: “The Right to Own a Gun Isn’t Just for Americans”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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The Right to Own a Gun Isn’t Just for Americans

November 28, 2020

Listen to the Audio Mises Wire version of this article. The United States is unique for its tradition of gun ownership, which often shocks foreigners and leaves them in a state of disbelief at how ubiquitous firearm ownership is. Moreover, the idea of people carrying firearms almost seems unreal to many. Indeed, gun ownership is as …

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What Chile’s Vote to Change Its Constitution Means for Its Future

November 23, 2020

On October 25, 2020, 78 percent of Chilean voters went to the ballot box to approve rewriting the country’s constitution, largely viewed as Latin America’s most stable constitution. After nationwide protests kicked off in October 2019, the Chilean left was able to successfully compel President Sebastián Piñera to let Chilean voters decide the fate of the …

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Good News: Covid Is Driving More Parents to Homeschool

November 4, 2020

There might not be a lot to cheer about in 2020. With rioting, looting, and draconian lockdowns, America seems to be on the precipice of social unraveling thanks to misguided policy decisions and the culture of divisiveness fomented by political elites and the media class. But in any moment of crisis, there are always new …

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On Foreign Policy, Trump Is Still the Lesser Evil

October 27, 2020

The Democrats, Liz Cheney, and the Never Trumpers still want endless wars, and they hate Trump’s apparent lack of enthusiasm for embracing their dreams of empire. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “On Foreign Policy, Trump Is Still the Lesser Evil”.

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On Foreign Policy, Trump Is Still the Lesser Evil

October 26, 2020

Covid-19 has occupied nearly all media attention, but foreign policy remains an important topic for many Americans who are exhausted by the prevailing order of never-ending wars. Lost in the usual cacophony of politics in the Trump era—which has been marked by outrage politics and a lack of introspection in discourse—are any in-depth discussions about …

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The NRA Would Be Wise to Leave New York ASAP

October 12, 2020

The NRA would be wise to vote with its feet. Millions of Americans have already escaped the high taxes and freedom-destroying blue state regimes by doing the same. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “The NRA Would Be Wise to Leave New York ASAP”.

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The NRA Would Be Wise to Leave New York ASAP

October 1, 2020

The State of New York has wasted no time reminding Americans about its pathological disregard for personal freedom. Its covid-19 lockdown policies were among the most heavy-handed responses implemented by a state government in the country. Controversies surrounding the state government’s decision to place recovering covid patients in retirement homes, arguably a major factor behind the state’s deadly retirement home …

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It’s Time for a Geopolitical Reset

September 3, 2020

America’s unipolar moment is over, and it’s time to exercise restraint rather than indulge in endless fantasies about regime change and American-led “global democracy.” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “It’s Time for a Geopolitical Reset​​”

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It’s Time for a Geopolitical Reset

August 28, 2020

Foreign policy seems to have been placed on the back burner in the Trump era. Domestic issues, generic outrage politics, and the present covid-19 pandemic have sucked the oxygen out of American political discourse. The fact that the media opts to cover more sensationalist material does not make foreign policy a trivial matter. If anything, …

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Why Bolivia Needs to Decentralize

July 14, 2020

It was only eight months ago that Bolivia concluded a bizarre political conflict that saw President Evo Morales step down from office. Morales was pursuing a fourth presidential term but encountered numerous constitutional roadblocks. Protesters cited irregularities and alleged voter fraud during elections in October 2019 as the principal motive behind their demonstrations. Discontent was so high …

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The Scandinavian Model Won’t Work in Chile

June 27, 2020

Chile is the most prosperous country in South America precisely because it has (so far) avoided adopting the socialist policies being pushed on it by left-wing reformers. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “The Scandinavian Model Won’t Work in Chile”.

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The Scandinavian Model Won’t Work in Chile

June 13, 2020

Scandinavian welfare states continue to allure leftist onlookers across the world. The Nordic welfare model is marketed as a humane alternative to the cutthroat nature of Western capitalism. It received a massive boost when Vermont senator Bernie Sanders campaigned on emulating these countries in both of his presidential runs during 2016 and 2020. But it’s not …

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