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Everything You Need to Know about Libertarianism, in a Venn Diagram

I wrote a couple of days ago about a global ranking showing which nations enjoy the most personal and economic freedom. Surprisingly, European nations dominated the top 20, which suggests (given the depressing amount of statism in Europe) that libertarians have a lot of work to do if we want good liberty-oriented role models for […]

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John Stossel, Paul Krugman, and the Washington Swamp

If you ask what worries me about the incoming Trump Administration, I’ll immediately point to a bunch of policy issues. Will Trump be too timid to deal with the huge entitlement problem? Will Trump do a business-as-usual pork-filled infrastructure deal? Will Trump’s tax cut be feasible without concomitant spending discipline? Others, though, are more focused […]

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, which Nation Has the Most Total Freedom of All?

Libertarians are sometimes described as people who don’t want the government to interfere in either the bedroom or boardroom, which is a shorthand way of saying that there should be both personal freedom and economic freedom. Based on this preference for liberty and a desire to avoid government coercion, what’s the most libertarian nation in […]

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The New York Times (Accidentally) Debunks the Never-Ending Fairy Tale of Gun Control

When I write about gun control, I generally make two arguments. First, criminals are lawbreakers, so the notion that they will be disarmed because of gun control is a fantasy. Crooks and thugs who really want a gun will always have access to black-market weapons. Second, to the extent that good people obey bad gun-control […]

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The War Against Cash, India, and a Lesson about Big Government

The War against Cash is a battle that shouldn’t even exist. But politicians don’t like cash because it’s hard to control something that people can freely trade back and forth. So folks on the left are arguing that governments should ban or restrict paper money. In Part I, we looked at the argument that cash […]

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OECD Economic Research Finds that Government Spending Harms Growth

At the risk of understatement, I’m not a fan of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Perhaps reflecting the mindset of the European governments that dominate its membership, the Paris-based international bureaucracy has morphed into a cheerleader for statist policies. All of which was just fine from the perspective of the Obama Administration, which […]

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