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Review: Sohrab Ahmari’s New Attack on Laissez-Faire Liberalism

19 days ago

Sohrab Ahmari’s new book The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in An Age of Chaos is so disappointing I don’t know where to begin. This may seem to be a harsh invective, but in reality, it is a confession. My previous attempts to review this book have resulted in little more than hours …

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The Dystopian Future in Which Almost No One Owns a Car

May 21, 2021

Some advocates of self-driving cars argue that their adoption would mean that very few people would actually own a vehicle anymore. We’d all just rent rides on self-driving Uber cars. This would be a dream come true for advocates of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. Original Article: “The Dystopian Future in Which Almost No One Owns …

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The Dystopian Future in Which Almost No One Owns a Car

May 13, 2021

By this point readers are more than familiar with the previously unthinkable infringements on our traditional rights and liberties due to “health and safety” lockdowns that the state has inflicted upon us over the last year. While thankfully more and more restrictions are being lifted, it is important not to forget the period of veritable …

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The Property-Based Social Order Is Being Destroyed by Central Banks

April 8, 2021

Private property is an institution central to civilization and beneficial human interaction. When central banks distort this institution with easy money, the social effects can be disastrous.  Original Article: “The Property-Based Social Order Is Being Destroyed by Central Banks​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.  

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How the Feds Blackmail Colleges and Universities

April 8, 2021

The Washington Post reports that a group of thirty-three current and former students at Christian colleges are suing the Department of Education in a class action lawsuit in an attempt to abolish any religious exemptions for schools that do not abide by the current sexual and gender zeitgeist sweeping the land. The plaintiffs argue that …

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The Property-Based Social Order Is Being Destroyed by Central Banks

April 1, 2021

Readers of the Mises Wire are no doubt familiar with the negative consequences of central banking and the inflationary capacity of fiat currency and how such a system drives malinvestment and leads to boom-bust cycles. Not only does the business cycle lead to the misallocation of resources from their natural ends of the structure of …

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Why the State Won’t Tolerate Independence for Christianity

March 11, 2021

On February 25, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill that is touted as a step forward for civil rights in the United States. If enacted, the bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the federally protected classes that cannot be discriminated against and would expand where such protections are …

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Pennsylvanians May Amend Constitution to Stop Endless Lockdowns

February 18, 2021

Not only will these amendments reduce the abuse of emergency declarations, but they will also help to decentralize power within Pennsylvania. While COVID-19 has allowed the executive branch to run wild, Pennsylvania is actually structured in a way that makes the decentralization of power easier. Original Article: “Pennsylvanians May Amend Constitution to Stop Endless Lockdowns” This …

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Pennsylvanians May Amend Constitution to Stop Endless Lockdowns

February 15, 2021

On Friday, February 6, the Pennsylvania (PA) state legislature gave the final approval to put three state constitutional amendments on the ballot for a popular referendum scheduled for May 18. Two of these amendments address the power of the state governor to declare and renew emergency declarations and are both a direct result of conflict …

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The Burmese Mess Demonstrates the Incoherence of America’s Crusades for Democracy

February 11, 2021

The Biden administration has threatened to intervene in Burma to defend “democracy” which really just means putting back into power a woman who is known to support ethnic cleansing. But she said nice things about “democracy,” so she’ll get the US’s nod.  Original Article: “The Burmese Mess Demonstrates the Incoherence of America’s Crusades for Democracy” …

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Politics Won’t Fix the American Decline

January 16, 2021

While it is popular and accurate to blame our societal elites for being inept, the truth is that these leaders, both political and cultural, are reflections of us. Original Article: “Politics Won’t Fix the American Decline” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.  

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Politics Won’t Fix the American Decline

January 14, 2021

By any measure, 2020 was not a very good year for human freedom. By now everyone is very familiar with the assaults on liberty stemming from measures ostensibly in the name of stopping the spread of covid and the way in which such measures have threatened the very existence of the social order. Beyond such …

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Lockdowns Destroy What Makes Us Human

November 30, 2020

Government planners have embraced a materialistic view of human beings which cheapens the importance of family and social events. These “experts” fail to understand what being human really means. Original Article: “Lockdowns Destroy What Makes Us Human”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Lockdowns Destroy What Makes Us Human

November 26, 2020

While GMU economist Tyler Cowen may have dismissed the idea of more pandemic lockdowns as being “a straw man” and saying that the extreme measures that started in March of this year “are now behind us,” it seems that governors and other politicians around the country have failed to get the message. More and more …

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Election 2020: Rout of the Technocracy

November 24, 2020

This victory is not of one candidate or party over another in this race or that, but rather a resounding ideological defeat of one of the most illiberal and menacing forces we face at the moment: technocracy. Original Article: “Election 2020: Rout of the Technocracy”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. …

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Election 2020: Rout of the Technocracy

November 12, 2020

Regardless of whether one supported a specific candidate for president or no candidate at all, lovers of liberty should be rejoicing over a glorious victory this election cycle. This victory is not of one candidate or party over another in this race or that, but rather a resounding ideological defeat of one of the most …

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What’s with the Rich Kid Revolutionaries?

September 23, 2020

It seems that the rest of us will be forced to suffer as egalitarian rich kids work out their psychological problems through some window-smashing therapy. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “What’s with the Rich Kid Revolutionaries?”.

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What’s with the Rich Kid Revolutionaries?

September 22, 2020

By now, readers are no doubt familiar with the sight of angry mobs smashing windows, looting stores, and harassing pedestrians and street diners around the country, supposedly in the name of advocating for the rights of black Americans. Around the country, these mobs are diverse and have diverse motives, ranging from simply wanting to loot …

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Why the State Seeks to Abolish Both Tradition and History

September 10, 2020

The best way to think about tradition is to view it like capital accumulation. Knowledge is accumulated through countless centuries of trial and error. The state seeks to destroy historical consciousness and old ways of life to secure power. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: …

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Why Freedom of Association Is So Important

September 10, 2020

If one were to come up with a word cloud for the year 2020, among the largest words, such as “awful” and “disaster” one would most assuredly find the word “lonely.” Thanks to the convenient excuse of covid, numerous state governments instituted a regime of veritable house arrest for their citizens. Streets were deserted, stores empty, churches …

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Why the State Seeks to Abolish Both Tradition and History

September 1, 2020

In the opening monologue of the much-beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the milkman compares life for the Jewish inhabitants of the village Anatevka to the balancing act required of a fiddler scratching out a tune on a rooftop. According to Tevya’s famous allegory, the people of Anatevka are able to keep their balance …

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The War on Landlords Has Begun

August 22, 2020

It does not bode well for our society when proposals to simply expropriate property are becoming more and more prevalent and discussed with more seriousness. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “The War on Landlords Has Begun​​”.

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Pennsylvania Is Playing Politics with Drug Rationing

August 21, 2020

Pennsylvania is telling hospitals to distribute covid-19 drugs based on race. Those from “disadvantaged communities” get the drugs first. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Pennsylvania Is Playing Politics with Drug Rationing​”.

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The War on Landlords Has Begun

August 17, 2020

As the widening gyre that that is 2020 continues to turn, it seems that every day some new disastrous and ill-thought-out proposal is made or policy implemented. Among the chaos, the chorus to cancel rent in particular has stuck out for its sheer insolence and the ease with which it has entered the discourse as a sensible …

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