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Two-Thirds of Americans Believe Money Buys Elections Anything Peaceful
Two-Thirds of Americans Believe Money Buys Elections

The person with the most expensive microphone doesn't always get their way.

Libertarians, Democracy, and Walking on the Wing Anything Peaceful
Libertarians, Democracy, and Rule #1 of Walking on the Wing

“Don’t let go of what you’ve got until you get hold of something better.”

 

How States Got Away with Sterilizing 60,000 Americans Anything Peaceful
How States Sterilized 60,000 Americans – And Got Away with It

Racism, pseudoscience, and blind devotion to democratic power led to one of the darkest chapters in modern American history.

Don’t Do Politics? Think Again. The Freeman
Don’t Do Politics? Think Again.

Just as money and markets are not all there is to economic activity, so elections and voting are not all there is to politics.

Stupidity and Moral Judgment in Politics Anything Peaceful
Are All Your Opponents Stupid or Evil?

We treat political beliefs as a sign of people's character or intelligence, but often that's a mistake.

Leonard Read on Voting and the Lesser of Two Evils Anything Peaceful
Leonard Read on Voting and the Lesser of Two Evils

"Does responsible citizenship require casting a ballot for either of these political plunderers?"

How Politics Brings Out the Worst in Us Anything Peaceful
How Politics Brings Out the Worst in Us

People are different, but in politics, we expect to be happy with one answer to every question.

Trump's Brainfart Fascism and "No Spoilers" Policy Anything Peaceful
Trump's "No Spoilers" Policy and Brainfart Fascism

The Donald's campaign is built on rambling, free-associative authoritarianism: the off-the-cuff statism of whatever dumb idea pops into his head.

30% of Republicans, 19% of Democrats Support Bombing Aladdin Anything Peaceful
30% of Republicans, 19% of Democrats Support Bombing Aladdin

Democracy literally weaponizes voter ignorance.

The Five Biggest Immigration Myths from the GOP Debate Anything Peaceful
The Five Biggest Immigration Myths of the GOP Debate

Republican candidates said some wildly inaccurate things about immigration — and Donald Trump doesn't even make the list.

Talking Politics with Family: "Let's Stop Trying to Control Each Other" Anything Peaceful
"Let's Stop Trying to Control Each Other"

We don’t have a public political debate over Taylor Swift vs. Beethoven because no one is trying to force others to listen.

Townies, Gownies, and the Crapshoot of Politics Anything Peaceful
Townies, Gownies, and the Crapshoot of Politics

As long as liberty does not drive our discourse, human flourishing rides on the hope that each side will triumph only when it is correct.

Katniss vs. Power: The Hunger Games Finale Anything Peaceful
Katniss vs. Power: The Hunger Games Finale

It is not just those who rule but also those who seek to rule who constitute a threat to liberty.

Elections Aren’t as Democratic as Markets The Freeman
Elections Aren’t as Democratic as Markets

Politics is democratic only in process, not substance.

5 Reasons So Many San Franciscans Voted against Airbnb The Freeman
5 Reasons So Many San Franciscans Voted against Airbnb

Proposition F would have hobbled one of the Bay Area’s most innovative and beneficial companies. Why in the world did it almost pass?

Ohio's Ballot Initiative Legalizes Pot by Creating a Drug Cartel Anything Peaceful
Is Ohio's Initiative the Worst Way to Legalize Pot?

Are there better ways to legalize pot than creating a drug cartel and enshrining it in the state constitution?

Penn Jillette on the Clintons: Quote of the Day Anything Peaceful
Penn Jillette on the Clintons: Quote of the Day

"Why do people who support Hillary think that what she’s saying is to manipulate other people and not to manipulate them?"

How Economies Can Rise from the Ashes: The Kiwi Plan The Freeman
How Greece Can Rise from the Ashes: The Kiwi Plan

Few know the story of how New Zealand transformed itself from a socialist basket case into one of the world’s most prosperous nations.

How Economic Control Threatens Political Liberty, Free Speech, and the Rule of Law Anything Peaceful
How Economic Control Threatens Political Liberty, Free Speech, and the Rule of Law

Big government protects big business from competition. And the price of that protection is silent, obedient support for the bureaucrats and politicians.

The Man Who Sowed the Seeds of Puerto Rico’s Collapse Anything Peaceful
The Man Who Sowed the Seeds of Puerto Rico’s Collapse
Crisis leads to more government, which leads to more crisis. What was always bankrupt morally finally goes bankrupt economically.
Hillary Clinton's Ideological Vortex of Power and Planning Anything Peaceful
Hillary Clinton's Ideological Vortex of Power and Planning

Hillary’s campaign seems designed to prove that F.A. Hayek was a prophet.

The Best Argument Against Immigration Anything Peaceful
The Best Argument Against Immigration
Will immigrants undermine the institutions that make America great? 
The Banality of Donald Trump Anything Peaceful
The Banality of Donald Trump

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction and the distinction between true and false no longer exist.”

Is "Liberty" a Subjective and Meaningless Concept? Anything Peaceful
Is "Liberty" a Subjective and Meaningless Concept?

People disagree about what "liberty" means. Should judges overrule legislatures on the question?

Martin O'Malley Got $147,000 in Speaking Fees from a Company He Gave Lucrative Government Contracts Anything Peaceful
Martin O'Malley Got $147,000 in Speaking Fees from a Company He Gave Lucrative Government Contracts
In some countries, governors still get suitcases full of cash. Speaking fees are much more modern.

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