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This Crazy 100-Year-Old Law Makes Almost Everything More Expensive Anything Peaceful
This Crazy 100-Year-Old Law Makes Almost Everything More Expensive

Why Hawaiian ranchers fly cows on jumbo jets, and why it's cheaper to ship US oil to other countries than to US cities.

MIT: Incandescents Now More Efficient than LEDs Anything Peaceful
MIT: Incandescents Now More Efficient than LEDs

The trouble with regulations is that they freeze technological progress.

Sell a Muffin in Wisconsin? 6 Months in Jail. Anything Peaceful
Sell a Muffin in Wisconsin? 6 Months in Jail.

Commercial food producers have made it a crime to sell your own home-baked cookies, breads, and muffins.

Banning GM Salmon Is a Terrible Idea Anything Peaceful
Banning GM Salmon Is a Terrible Idea

GM salmon is safe, nutritious, and competitive and special interests are scrambling to ban it.

Regulators Try to Crush 300,000 Handmade Cosmetics Makers Anything Peaceful
Regulators Try to Crush 300,000 Handmade Cosmetics Makers

Big businesses are pushing a bill to smother a thriving industry of custom soap and cosmetics.

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?

Red-Lining the Federal Government Budget The Freeman
Red-Lining the Federal Government Budget
The Budget Deal: A Dog's Breakfast of Every Bad Idea Anything Peaceful
The "Bipartisan" Budget Deal: A Dog's Breakfast of Every Bad Idea

The deal guts the spending caps, worsens entitlements, increases military and domestic spending, and essentially abolishes the debt ceiling for two years.

Why Do Homeowners Love NIMBY? Anything Peaceful
Why Do Homeowners Love NIMBY?

"Not In My Back Yard" zoning rules often hurt property values, but homeowners fight for them anyway. 

The Rise and Fall of the Chinese Economy Anything Peaceful
The Rise and Fall of the Chinese Economy

Chinese debt is two or three times the size of its total GDP, and its stock and real estate markets are in a massive bubble. 

The House Always Wins: Fantasy Football vs. Regulators Anything Peaceful
The House Always Wins: Fantasy Football vs. Regulators 

Fantasy sports betting has taken off, but casinos and bookies want the government to bring it down.

Video Game Developers Face Final Boss: The FDA Anything Peaceful
Video Game Developers Face the Final Boss: The FDA

The FDA is stopping games designed to help people with cognitive disorders. 

Why Unions Want to Ban MMA Anything Peaceful
Why Unions Want to Ban MMA

The Bootleggers and Baptists behind America’s only ban on mixed-martial arts.

Federal Court Rules Naked Government Favoritism Is Constitutional Anything Peaceful
Federal Court Rules Naked Government Favoritism Is Constitutional
The 2nd Circuit rules that a "simple preference" for one group — pure arbitrary favoritism — is a legitimate reason to stop competition. 
Boston Will Lose Big If It Wins the Olympics Anything Peaceful
Boston Will Lose Big If It Wins the Olympics
Today's Olympic Games are a race to the bottom of public waste, corruption, and civil liberties abuses. 
New York Orders Fast-Food Workers Replaced With Robots, Kiosks, Mobile Apps Anything Peaceful
New York Orders Fast-Food Workers Replaced With Robots, Kiosks, Mobile Apps
"Fight for $15" scores a victory for robots and unions against immigrants and young people. 
The Politics of Nostalgia The Freeman
The Politics of Nostalgia
Progressives join many conservatives in their misty view of the 1950s.
"Green Banks" Are Destined to Drown in the Red Anything Peaceful
"Green Banks" Are Destined to Drown in the Red
The history of government "investments" shows that politicians don't have a clue where to put the public's money.
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.
Uber vs. the State, 1851 Edition Anything Peaceful
Uber vs. the State, 1851 Edition
Ferry boat monopolies tried to crush their competition the exact same way that taxi cartels do today.
Europe Needs Regime Change in Greece. They Won’t Get It. Anything Peaceful
Europe Needs Regime Change in Greece. They Won’t Get It.

The Greek government couldn’t comply with its creditors’s demands even if it wanted to — and it doesn’t.

Marriage, Director's Law, and the Middle Class Welfare State Anything Peaceful
Marriage, Director's Law, and the Middle Class Welfare State

Who could be against helping the middle class? Nobody. And that’s how we end up with a marriage policy that punishes the working poor.

Slate Writer: Freedom to Thread Eyebrows Will Make Texas a “Dangerous” Place Anything Peaceful
Slate Writer: Freedom to Thread Eyebrows Will Make Texas a “Dangerous” Place
Preposterous laws are the only thing standing between you and chaos. 
Don’t Put Eleanor Roosevelt on the $10 Bill Anything Peaceful
Don’t Put Eleanor Roosevelt on the $10 Bill
If we put Eleanor's mugshot on any bill, it should be an invoice — for the costs of her complicity in prolonging the Great Depression and her attempts to use the FBI to silence critics. 
The Ex-Im Bank Is Dead. (But Watch Out for Subsidy-Zombie.) Anything Peaceful
The Ex-Im Bank Is Dead. (But Watch Out for Subsidy-Zombie.)

The second rule of Zombieland is always double tap. The same goes for seemingly unkillable government programs.

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