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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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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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Final Election Predictions, Last-Minute Political Humor, and a Silver Lining to the Dark Cloud of 2016

The bad news is that America is about to elect a statist president. But will we get Hillary’s corruption or Donald’s buffoonery? According to RealClearPolitics, Hillary Clinton will prevail, albeit by a very narrow margin, with 272 electoral votes. They have a very close race because Trump is projected to prevail in the swing states […]

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Crying (but also Laughing) about Clinton and Trump

One interesting feature of this election is that many voters, grappling with the unpalatable choice of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are dealing with the feelings of dismay and despair that libertarians experience almost every election. All I can say is, “welcome to my world.” Though I admit our experiences aren’t the same. Ordinary voters […]

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