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

5 days ago

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

24 days ago

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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Some State Governments Are Actually Trying to Scale Back Their Regulatory Bureaucracy

February 29, 2020

When discussing policy proposals that could improve people’s economic livelihoods, the options appear to be quite narrow. On one side, you have those who wish to expand public administration, a process that usually involves inordinate amounts of spending, increased taxation, and the inevitable expansion of the regulatory state. In a normal political climate, the proper …

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Foreign Aid Just Empowers Corrupt Regimes. End It.

February 13, 2020

The Senate’s vote to acquit Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment this month brought a much-needed end to the tiring impeachment saga America has been subject to in the last few months. The impeachment controversy arose when President Donald Trump initially withheld military aid from Ukraine unless President Volodymyr Zelensky provided revelatory information about political rivals …

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We Need More Housing, Not More Rent Control

February 7, 2020

Everyone wants affordable housing, but how far will they go to attain it? For some, housing affordability is such a pressing issue that they will entrust politicians with the duty of providing it through legislation. Rent control is one of the oldest tricks politicians can pull out of their magic hats to demonstrate to the …

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What’s Next for the Virginia Sanctuary Movement?

February 6, 2020

Despite the media’s fearmongering, the Virginia Citizens Defense League Lobby Day 2020, which took place on January 20, turned out to be a normal event. The pro-gun demonstration drew twenty-two thousand people, who peacefully protested several gun control measures that Virginia governor Ralph Northam was proposing for the 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly. The conclusion …

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Economic Freedom Reduced Inequality in Chile. But the Left Has Other Plans.

January 14, 2020

Deriding Chile for its economic inequality is fashionable among detractors of its economic model. Chile’s economic success during the forty years has not been enough for its loudest critics. Looking for whatever hole they can find, they frequently cite Chile’s inequality as a sign of concern. Grievances regarding inequality have been at the center of …

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Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe Still Faces a Host of Economic Problems

January 9, 2020

The death of Robert Mugabe on September 6, 2019, reignited conversations about the future of Zimbabwe. Economist Steve Hanke recently estimated that Zimbabwe’s inflation was at 605 percent, indicating the country is still in a precarious economic situation. Although a successful coup was launched against Mugabe in late 2017, the residual impact of his thirty-seven …

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Chile’s Economic Model Is a Success Story in Crisis-Prone South America

December 17, 2019

The root causes of Chile’s ongoing protests are still being hotly debated. The conventional narrative is that a metro fare hike of 3.75 percent kicked off the demonstrations. However, there is reason to believe that these increases in metro fares were only the straw that broke the camel’s back. Looking at the bigger picture, there …

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Chilean Protesters Could End Chile’s Decades of Progress

December 10, 2019

As supermarkets are set on fire and churches are desecrated, Chile’s recent wave of protests have sullied the otherwise solid image of Latin America’s most stable democracy. Since early October, protesters have clogged the streets of Santiago and other cities railing against recent metro fare hikes, while voicing concerns about stagnant wages and a high …

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