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The Idea of Secession Isn’t Going Away

2 days ago

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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The Marshall Plan Myth Lives On

May 4, 2020

Some myths in politics die hard. We are constantly reminded by the managerial classes that foreign aid is crucial to lifting the developing world out of poverty. With the magic wand of public spending, money is sent to the developing world in hopes of pushing these countries out of their economic stupor. We’ve seen this story …

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COVID-19 Is Teaching Us Decentralization Is Needed More Now Than Ever

April 28, 2020

In the increasingly polarized America, Black Swan moments like the COVID-19 pandemic have further confirmed growing divides in the country. Our textbooks would like us to believe that emergencies create fertile grounds for unity. But when you have a populace that is politically dividing itself even when it comes to the TV shows it watches, there …

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The Crisis Has Exposed the Damage Done by Government Regulations

April 27, 2020

The shortages and lack of flexibility caused by government red tape during the COVID-19 crisis has forced many governments to rethink their many arbitrary and unnecessary regulations. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “The Crisis Has Exposed the Damage Done by Government Regulations”

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The Crisis Has Exposed the Damage Done By Government Regulations

April 2, 2020

As we watch in real-time how governments respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, some of the most predictable forms of state overreach—from restrictions on the freedom of assembly to the suppression of regular commerce—have been rolled out. Thankfully, there is no unified world government, so there exist various examples of how certain countries are dealing with …

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Want Political Change? Get Rid of Campaign Finance Regulations.

April 1, 2020

With election season well underway and political tensions heating up, everyone’s attention will be glued to the TV or their favorite political website for the next few months. Political ads will inundate TV and internet media as political action committees (PACs) and official campaigns beg for votes and donations while trumpeting their preferred candidates and …

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Greater Idaho Movement Is the Latest Indicator of a Shift toward Decentralization

March 11, 2020

Recently disgruntled residents of rural counties in southwest Oregon have been organizing a petition to move Idaho’s border westward to form a “Greater Idaho” that could also potentially include parts of Northern California. This petition mirrors a recent proposal in Virginia in which rural countries in the state would separate and join West Virginia in protest of Virginia’s latest …

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The IRS’s History of Attacking Political Dissenters and Opponents

March 5, 2020

The US purports to be the land of free speech, but you can always expect politicians to carve out exceptions. Just look at how government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service can slither their way into the political affairs of individuals and organizations. Americans generally associate the Internal Revenue Service with the hassle of filing …

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