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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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Argentina’s Destructive Cycle of Economic Populism

November 19, 2019

Argentina’s election of a left-wing government last month has people speculating about the country’s future. Previously, I wrote about how neither outgoing President Mauricio Macri nor the ticket of Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would do much to solve Argentina’s economic ills. Inflation forecasts for the end of 2019 indicate an inevitable reversion …

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China Should Still Be Celebrating the End of Mao’s Communism

October 8, 2019

The 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Chinese People’s Republic on October 1, 2019, left the world in awe as China celebrated one of the most transformational moments in its over 3,000 years of history. After showing off its high-tech military arsenal during the anniversary parade, international observers remained enthralled at China’s growing power. …

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Argentina’s Faux “Neoliberalism”

October 2, 2019

On August 11, 2019, the presidential ticket of Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner pulled off a major electoral upset against incumbent President Mauricio Marci in the Argentine primary elections. Based on their performance last month, they’ll be able to compete in the general election on October 27, 2019. Winning by a 16-point margin, …

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Government Won’t Save Us From “Woke” Corporations

September 5, 2019

From the shoes you wear to the ice cream you eat, politics has found a way to sneak into some of the most mundane aspects of our lives. The new trend of “Woke Capital,” where firms are actively promoting social justice causes, has had many free-marketers scratching their heads at how corporate America has hopped …

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The Feds Move Closer to a $15 Minimum Wage

August 9, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates from centrists like former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to progressive champion Bernie Sanders have come to a consensus on the issue of a $15 minimum wage. Meanwhile, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has declared, “Any job that pays $2.13 an hour is not a job, it’s indentured servitude.” She is referring to how the federal …

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The Dirty Secret about Gun Control in Latin America

August 6, 2019

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos wants an America filled with gun control. During a segment of Real America with Jorge Ramos, the journalist played a number of clips featuring 2020 presidential hopeful Cory Booker’s plan to tackle America’s alleged gun violence “epidemic.” In this video, Booker proclaimed that “It is time for us as a nation …

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Why the Swiss Voted for More Gun Control

June 25, 2019

Listen to the Audio Mises Wire version of this article. On May 19, 2019, Swiss voters approved a new set of gun control restrictions. This newly-approved gun control measure would put Switzerland’s gun control laws in line with European Union standards. Under this new law, military-style, semi-automatic weapons would be heavily restricted, while also tightening …

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Why the Swiss Voted for More Gun Control

June 25, 2019

What is particularly scary is that the whole argument for the new law was not really about saving lives or reducing gun violence, but is about Brussels ordering Switzerland to modify gun laws to comply with EU gun control standards.Original Article: “Why the Swiss Voted for More Gun Control”

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Decentralize the Drug War — On the Way to Abolishing It

June 19, 2019

On May 17, 2019, the City of Denver decriminalized the use and possession of psilocybin mushrooms via referendum. Nevertheless, the vote was a nail-biter as the initiative was only passed by a tight margin of 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent. However, Denver was not alone in drug reform developments. Certain counties in Texas are now …

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Cuba Rations Food As Its Socialist Economy Enters Crisis Mode

June 19, 2019

While it is fashionable to talk about Venezuela and its notorious shortage of basic goods such as toilet paper, flour, and milk Cuba is now implementing a rationing program to combat its very own shortages of basic goods. A CBC report indicates this program would cover basic items such as chicken, eggs, rice, beans, and …

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