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Mojitos in Havana?

Free movement of people and products will help liberate Cuba

DECEMBER 22, 2014 by ROBERT RAMSEY

Many Cuban Americans still carry grudges from the Castro regime. But 55 years on, warming relations can only be a boon for both Americans and our nearest island neighbors.

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Fifty More Ways to Leave Leviathan

Innovation and entrepreneurship can make you freer

DECEMBER 09, 2014 by MAX BORDERS, JEFFREY A. TUCKER

This "50 ways" phenomenon is the mechanism by which humanity evolves away from power and toward peaceful and voluntary cooperation.

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My Tiny Cosmopolitan Apartment

Global trade made my little flat a place of international treasures

OCTOBER 22, 2014 by JOSEPH S. DIEDRICH

My apartment has only one window, but I feel like I can see the whole world. Every treasure I own is a window to a place I've never been and to people I've never met.

Clichés of Progressivism

#23 – “The Balance of Trade Deficit Requires Government Action”

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

No trades are deemed as anything but "favorable" by those engaged in the trading, so how can anyone add all those trades up and arrive at something "unfavorable"?

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Want Peace? Promote Free Trade

OCTOBER 15, 2013 by JULIAN ADORNEY

Bastiat argued that free trade promotes peace. There's some research to back this up: Trading partners are less likely to fight, while protectionism stirs up conflict.

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Debunking the "Shop Small Saturday" Rationale

NOVEMBER 23, 2012 by MAX BORDERS

As long as it's peaceful, shop wherever you like. That includes buying local, "shopping small," or buying materials and making your own gifts. But please: don't feel guilty about holiday shopping at a big box. A lot of people are selling fallacious thinking. Events like "Shop Small Saturday" can be just another form of rent seeking.

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The Magic of Free Trade

OCTOBER 22, 2012 by ARTHUR FOULKES

Despite the bad rap it gets, free trade is the key to economic progress. Arthur Foulkes has the details.

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The Importance of Subjectivism in Economics

The double inequality of value.

SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 by SHELDON RICHMAN

For an exchange to take place, the two parties must assess the items traded differently, with each party preferring what he is to receive to what he is to give up.

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Politics and Foreign Trade

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 by DWIGHT R. LEE

With rare, and typically short-lived exceptions, governments reduce economic productivity and their citizens' prosperity by either taxing or imposing quotas on imports. This is because when a trade restriction is being considered, politicians will hear plenty from those favoring the restriction and little from those harmed by it. The result is a bias toward providing concentrated benefits and ignoring much larger but dispersed costs. (7.51 minutes)

Comparative Advantage

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 by DWIGHT R. LEE

One of the most powerful and straightforward economic concepts is "comparative advantage." As important and simple as this concept is, however, it seldom seems to inform public discussions of international trade. (8:47 minutes)

Unfair Competition with the Sun

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 by FREDERIC BASTIAT

Politicians often argue that cheat imports are bad for the domestic economy. In this podcast, Bastiat argues that competition from free trade actually increases domestic employment and income levels. (7:44 minutes)

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