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The Unsavory History of Gun Control

I’ve written extensively about gun control, but mostly because of practical and moral objections to the notion that government should have the power to disarm law-abiding people. But I hadn’t realized that some of the earliest gun control initiatives were designed to oppress blacks. As Dave Kopel explains in Reason, the white power structure in […]

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Who You Going to Believe on Infrastructure Spending: The IMF in August or the IMF in October?

The International Monetary Fund isn’t my least-favorite international bureaucracy. That special honor belongs to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, largely because of its efforts to undermine tax competition and protect the interests of the political class (it also tried to have me arrested, but I don’t hold that against them). But the IMF […]

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Washington’s Action Plan for Ebola: Squalid Waste and Pork-Barrel Spending by the CDC and NIH, Seasoned with Corruption at HHS

Years ago, I shared a very funny poster that suggests that more government is hardly ever the right answer to any question. Yet in Washington, the standard response to any screwup by government is to make government even bigger. Sort of Mitchell’s Law on steroids. And that’s exactly what’s happening with the Ebola crisis. The […]

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The New York Times Accidentally Admits Superiority of Privatized Social Security

I confess that I get a bit of perverse pleasure when a left-leaning media outlet screws up and inadvertently shares information that helps the cause of limited government. A New York Times columnist, for instance, pushed for a tax-hiking fiscal agreement back in 2011 based on a chart showing that the only successful budget deal […]

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Excessive Government Spending in Europe: Sowing the Seeds for another Fiscal Crisis

Europe is in deep trouble. That’s an oversimplification, of course, since there are a handful of nations that seem to be moving in the right direction (or at least not moving rapidly in the wrong direction). But notwithstanding those exceptions, Europe in general is suffering from economic stagnation caused by a bloated public sector. Barring […]

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Hong Kong’s Remarkable Fiscal Policy

I’ve had ample reason to praise Hong Kong’s economic policy. Most recently, it was ranked (once again) as the world’s freest economy. And I’ve shown that this makes a difference by comparing Hong Kong’s economic performance to the comparatively lackluster (or weak) performance of economies in the United States, Argentina, and France. But perhaps the […]

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    The New AWANA Transforms Kids and Families: Many Christians are familiar with Awana children’s mini […] Continue reading The New AWANA Transforms Kids and Families...
    Happy ‘anti-slavery day’: Apparently in 2007 the EU Parliament passed a law that made 18 October ‘Anti Human trafficking day’ and in 2010 the british Parliament made the same day ‘Anti-slavery day’. My take on that is: whoopee, maybe we could have a ha...
    Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda, USA (October 20, 1944): By Allan Bourdius Robert Toshio Kuroda was born in Aiea, Hawaii on the island of Oahu on November 8, 1922. His parents were Japanese immigrants, making him a Nisei, or second-generation (native born) …read more Via:: Staff Sergeant Robert T. Ku...
    “The Law and the Gospel”–Trinity 18 2014.:   18th Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church St. Matthew 22:34-46 October 19, 2014 “The Law and the Gospel”   Iesu Iuva!   Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   Every week the...
    Ebola in New York City?: Get Obama Toilet Paper For That Special Someone On Your Christmas Giving List!The CDC released a report titled 'Surveillance and Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease — New York City, 2014' but, at least for this New Yorker, it appears to be mor...