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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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Thanksgiving, Redistributionism, and Libertarianism

What’s the fundamental problem with redistributionist economic policy? As a libertarian, I would answer with a philosophical argument against coercion. I think it is immoral for vote-seeking politicians, using the threat of imprisonment, to rob Peter to subsidize Paul. But as an economist, the problem is incentives. Simply stated, redistribution from Peter to Paul undermines […]

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Have You Ever Seen Claire McCaskill And Diane Black In The Same Room At The Same Time?

On Sunday morning I was in the other room from the TV and was listening to Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” on CNN and heard one of the members of the panel speaking, and I thought to myself, ‘oh, that sounds like Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO’. &nb…

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Secession, Federalism, and National Comity (Plus more Intentional and Unintentional Election-Related Humor)

The concept of secession (part of a jurisdiction breaking away to become independent) has a bad reputation in the United States because it is linked to the reprehensible institution of slavery. But, as Walter Williams has explained, secession today may be an effective way of protecting liberty from ever-expanding centralized government. And I’ve favorably written […]

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Tax Rates and Mobility of Superstar Inventors (along with more Election-Related Humor)

Back in 2010, I shared a cartoon video making a very important point that there’s a big downside when class-warfare politicians abuse and mistreat highly productive taxpayers. Simply stated, the geese with the golden eggs may fly away. And this isn’t just theory. As revealed by IRS data, taxpayer will move across borders to escape […]

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Thank Goodness For Google

It is said that one of the best hires by president-elect Donald Trump was when he made pollster and Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway his campaign manager to help him win the upset 2016 presidential election.  I agree, she did a gre…

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