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Why Racism Can’t Explain Europe’s Drive for Conquest and Colonial Power

4 days ago

Historically, Europeans had few qualms about conquering and enslaving other Europeans. This presents some problems for the narrative claiming that injustices committed by Europeans are motivated primarily by racism. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “Why Racism Can’t Explain Europe’s Drive for Conquest and Colonial …

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Why Slave Economies Thwart Entrepreneurial Innovation

8 days ago

In a slave economy, slave owners seek technological innovations that make slave labor more productive. But they also place inefficient and artificial limits on innovations that might change the established social order. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “Why Slave Economies Thwart Entrepreneurial Innovation”.

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The Myth of Wakanda: How Hollywood Distorts the Legacy of Colonialism

9 days ago

The film Black Panther offered an attractive view of an African nation untouched by slavery or colonialism. Unfortunately, the film offers a rather dubious counterfactual. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “The Myth of Wakanda: How Hollywood Distorts the Legacy of Colonialism”.

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Why Slave Economies Thwart Entrepreneurial Innovation

13 days ago

The new history of capitalism (NHC) offers libertarians an exciting opportunity to defend the vitality of capitalism. Scholars like Sven Beckert, Walter Johnson, and Edward Baptiste argue that slavery provides fascinating insights into the workings of early American capitalism and that it furnished the capital to fuel industrial development. Consequently, libertarians have responded to this declaration by articulating that slavery cannot explain America’s prosperity. …

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The Myth of Wakanda: How Hollywood Distorts the Legacy of Colonialism

21 days ago

The film Black Panther is one of the most profitable films in recent years, earning revenue in excess of $1.3 billion at the box office. Further, some expect the sequel to do even better. Throughout the world, audiences were captivated by the glamor of Wakanda, a sophisticated African state untouched by colonialism. Symbolically, Wakanda has …

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Problems with Theories on the Black-White Wealth Gap

23 days ago

The wealth gap between white and black Americans is frequently discussed. Today it’s becoming popular to attribute disparities to black culture. Clearly all cultures are not equal, but can the subculture of some black American communities explain variations within the wealth gap? For instance, fifty people in an inner-city neighborhood may engage in maladaptive activities; however, …

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Riots Only Help Fuel Urban Impoverishment

September 24, 2020

Riots (unlike peaceful protests) are economically disastrous for inner cities. They also tend to create blowback against the people the riots claim to be defending. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Riots Only Help Fuel Urban Impoverishment​”.

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Slavery in the Asante Empire of West Africa

September 23, 2020

Across the Western world monuments dedicated to historical figures like Robert Milligan and Edward Coulston are being toppled. It is claimed that memorials to men such as these glorify imperialism and the enslavement of black people. However, we cannot cede the debate to the radical left. There is an unfortunate practice in intellectual circles to mainly critique only …

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Riots Only Help Fuel Urban Impoverishment

September 18, 2020

In a recent interview Black Lives Matter (BLM) organizer Ariel Atkins argued that lootings are reparations for African Americans. Atkins denounced the suggestion that anything can be gained from peaceful protests. “Winning has come through revolts, winning has come through riots, ‘’ she said. Unfortunately, the belligerence of people like Atkins has been nurtured by mainstream intellectuals, …

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The Failures of Federal Race-Based Paternalism

September 3, 2020

In an address to the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in 1865, Frederick Douglass noted that he had often been asked “What should we do with the Negro?” Douglass remarked: I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they …

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Colonial Exploitation Did Not Fuel the West’s Economic Development

August 29, 2020

Some intellectuals, especially on the left, continue to claim that the West’s economic development would have been impossible without the resources extracted unjustly from the developing world, also known as the “Third World.” Even nuanced thinkers may automatically presume these assumptions to be true. Certainly, overt exploitation of conquered victims occurred during the apex of …

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The Problem with British Slavery Reparations in the West Indies

August 5, 2020

Recently a spate of prominent British companies apologized for their past involvement in slavery. Some have even declared intent to pay reparations. As private organizations these entities have the right to make their own choices on reparations. Their stated reasoning, however, demands more scrutiny. The British government has not promised reparations to former colonies, but based on …

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Did Native Peoples Live in Harmony with Nature? It’s Complicated.

April 10, 2020

A leading trope of the contemporary environmental movement is that indigenous peoples residing in a precapitalist order are particularly skillful at managing the earth’s resources. These groups are often portrayed in the media as being in harmony with the natural environment. Without a doubt many indigenous groups are animistic and therefore may hold nature in …

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