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How Would a Socially Balanced Society Respond to a Pandemic?

May 27, 2020

The state currently enjoys a vastly unbalanced share of the power within a society, such an arrangement is not in any way preordained, and the assumption that it must be betrays a narrowness of vision and a lack of historical knowledge. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. …

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How We Might Respond to a Panedemic Were Society Not So Dominated by the State

May 26, 2020

“There are no libertarians in an epidemic” crowed Atlantic reporter Peter Nicholas back on March 10, as he listed the numerous economic interventions the Trump administration was undertaking in the wake of the mounting COVID-19 crisis. This intervention, Nicholas declared, just goes to show you that whatever antigovernment talk one might talk, government intervention in the …

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The Shutdown May Soon Collapse in Pennsylvania Thanks to Local Resistance

May 25, 2020

With such chaos, confusion, and incompetence playing out, it is little wonder that more and more Pennsylvanians are refusing to obey lockdown decrees. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “The Shutdown May Soon Collapse in Pennsylvania Thanks to Local Resistance”

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The Shutdown May Soon Collapse in Pennsylvania Thanks to Local Resistance

May 18, 2020

As in the rest of the country, life in Pennsylvania has been greatly disturbed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the chaos that has resulted from the state government’s attempts to handle the situation. On March 16, Governor Wolf ordered that all “nonessential” businesses be closed for at least two weeks. They are still closed today, and as …

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Anthony Fauci, the “Learned Ignoramus”

April 22, 2020

Experts such as Anthony Fauci are experts only in the narrow field of their expertise. They have almost no knowledge or expertise in other fields, including—apparently—the basics of how human societies function. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Anthony Fauci, the “Learned Ignoramus”

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Anthony Fauci, the “Learned Ignoramus”

April 17, 2020

As the COVID-19 shutdown across the US continues, one cannot but help see the importance of specialization and the division of labor time and time again, as many Americans deal with true shortages of goods for the first time in their lives. Specialization has allowed us to enjoy a much more prosperous life than we would …

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Anti-Market Conservatives Want to Fix Social Ills, But Their Cure Will Only Make Things Worse

December 3, 2019

Marco Rubio is the latest public figure to join the burgeoning anti-liberal and anti-market movement masquerading itself as being defending “the common good” from the greedy claws of the rapacious capitalists. Writing in National Review, Rubio launched an attack on the market economy under the guise of promoting “common-good capitalism.” After listing a some of …

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Bernie Sanders is a Bad Economist: Housing Market Edition

October 16, 2019

The great 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat once argued that “between a good and a bad economist this constitutes the whole difference — the one takes account of the visible effect; the other takes account both of the effects which are seen, and also of those which it is necessary to foresee.” Being an avowed …

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In the Battle of Ideas, the Mises Institute Leads the Way

September 25, 2019

As the Mises Institute launches it Fall Fundraising Drive this week, it is useful to reflect on what makes the Mises Institute so different from the thousands of other non-profits around the country that seek to change the world. There are no shortage of groups seeking funding from average people as they claim to work …

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Fear of Persecution is Not an Excuse for Christian Statism

September 17, 2019

Back at the end of May, New York Post opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari wrote the essay that launched a thousand debates when the religious journal First Things published his anti-liberal polemic entitled “ Against David French-ism”. While David French is certainly no libertarian, Ahmari identified him as the poster-boy for the classical liberal ideas that …

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Tolkien, Christianity, and the State

July 20, 2019

The conservative intellectual movement is having an existential crisis, of sorts. It’s one that has long been simmering but only recently thrust into the light after First Things published New York Post opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari’s attack on the failings of what he termed “French-ism.” According to Ahmari, French-ism means defending a pluralistic liberal society …

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Dear Conservatives: Giving the State Even More Power Won’t Solve Our Problems

June 19, 2019

Conservative media has been in an uproar recently stemming from heated disagreement over political strategy. While the debate has been simmering for quite some time now, it has now taken center stage thanks to an essay in First Things by Sohrab Ahmari entitled “ Against David French-ism.” In this rather polemical work, Ahmari attacks National …

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Saudi Arabian Lobbyists Have Many Friends in DC

January 15, 2019

Most libertarians are familiar with Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex and its nefarious influence on US foreign policy. Many have read Major General Smedley Butler’s short book War is a Racket, in which he lays out the ways in which war is in the economic interests of certain groups, while other groups pay …

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Mises U: "A Week Unlike Any Other"

July 19, 2018

During Mises University this week, we will be sharing short interviews with some of this year’s students. Zachary Yost is a graduate student at Catholic University and a a Free Society Fellow with Young Voices. What brings you to Mises U? Mises U is a week unlike any other. It is the best place to learn …

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Las grandes empresas no pueden oprimirnos sin la ayuda del estado

November 27, 2017

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En un artículo reciente publicado en The American Conservative titulado “Estadounidenses, no somos tan duros, según parece”, explicaba la manera en la que una confluencia de factores como la decadencia de las instituciones intermediarias de la sociedad civil y la inseguridad económica llevan a las personas a sentirse vulnerables e inquietas. Esta vulnerabilidad, argumentaba, lleva a las tribus políticas a buscar controlar el poder del estado para impedir que su poder masivo sea usado en contra de ellas, con el resultado final de estar aumentando el conflicto civil sobre las instituciones del poder político. Para comprobar y reducir ese conflicto, argumentaba que el poder debería distribuirse por la sociedad, en lugar de concentrarse en el estado,

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Corporations Can’t Oppress Us without the State’s Help

November 27, 2017

In a piece recently published at The American Conservative entitled “Americans, We Aren’t So Tough, and It Shows” I discussed the way in which a confluence of factors such as the decay of the intermediary institutions of civil society and economic insecurity leads to individuals being vulnerable and anxious. This vulnerability, I argued, leads to political tribes seeking to control the power of the state in order to prevent its massive power from being used against them, with the end result being increasing civil strife over the institutions of political power. In order to try and reduce such conflict, I argued that power should be dispersed throughout society, rather than concentrated with the state, in part by the revitalization of the institutions of civil society.While

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Mises University: The Greatest Week of the Year

September 25, 2017

This past July, I had the privilege of attending Mises University, also known as "the greatest week of the year." It was, without a doubt, one of the best weeks of my life so far. Throughout the program I had numerous opportunities to learn from and engage not only with some of the most accomplished and intellectually exciting faculty, but with over 100 students from all over the world equally excited about equipping themselves with knowledge in order to fight for a better future.When looking around the world today, it is easy to become discouraged at the state of higher learning. Student protesters break up classes and disrupt speakers, having determined that the free exchange of ideas is a form of patriarchal capitalist oppression that has to go. When class is able to

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