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A Secret Glimpse at Life Inside a Bureaucracy

More than two years ago, I shared a couple of humorous images showing the languorous lifestyle of lazy bureaucrats. While those images were amusing, they didn’t really capture the true nature of bureaucracy. For a more accurate look at life inside Leviathan, here’s a video showing an unfortunate woman trying to get a permit from […]

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Libertarian Christmas vs Socialist Christmas

Back in 2014, I looked at the vitally important battle over whether Santa Claus is a liberal or conservative. Let’s now broaden that debate and contemplate the difference between libertarian Christmas and socialist Christmas. We’ll start with this much-deserved jab at socialists, the people who continue to believe in coerced equality even though such systems […]

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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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