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Why Is Everyone in Texas Not Dying?

I’m sitting at a bar in Texas, surrounded by maskless people, looking at folks on the streets walking around like life is normal, talking with nice and friendly faces, feeling like things in the world are more-or-less normal. Cases and deaths attributed to Covid are, like everywhere else, falling dramatically. If you pay attention only to the media fear campaigns, you would find this confusing. More than two weeks ago, the governor of Texas completely reversed his devastating lockdown policies and repealed all his emergency powers, along with the egregious attacks on rights and liberties.

Mar 26, 2021
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Jeffrey A. Tucker
Dismiss All the Populist GameStop Hype: Short Sellers Are Heroes

Back around 2007, investor John Paulsen began to feel skeptical about the viability of mortgage securities. Though demand for them was much greater than supply, Paulsen sensed that lending standards had plummeted so far that loan delinquencies were set to surge. The “third rate” hedge fund manager (that’s what those who covered him at top investment banks felt) proceeded to very inexpensively purchase insurance on mortgages. He was able to because the consensus in the marketplace was that he was very wrong.

Jan 29, 2021
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John Tamny
All Hail the Reopening!

What a glorious thing the reopening is! After nearly a year of darkening times, the light has begun to dawn, at least in the US. Given how incredibly political this pandemic has been from the beginning, many people smell a rat. Is it really the case that the reopening of the American economy, particularly in blue states, is so perfectly timed? Do the science and politics really line up so well?

Jan 25, 2021
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Jeffrey A. Tucker
Catastrophe Is All Around Us

As a naturally optimistic person, it vexes me that the word catastrophe has echoed in my mind since early March 2020. It’s the word the great smallpox eradicator Donald Henderson used in his 2006 prediction of the consequences of lockdown, a word that wasn’t around then. His masterful article addressed the idea of travel restrictions, forced human separation, business and school closings, mask mandates, limits on public gatherings, quarantines, and the entire litany of brutality to which we’ve been subjected for nearly a year, all summed up in the word lockdown.

Jan 5, 2021
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Jeffrey A. Tucker
The Return of the Flagellants

The lockdowns have disproportionately targeted fun. No house parties. No travel. Bowling, bars, Broadway, theater, amusement parks, all banned. Weddings, forget it. Restaurants, hotels, conventions, and even golf were all targeted by the lockdowners.

Oct 26, 2020
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Jeffrey A. Tucker
The Aristocracy of Pull

At first glance, a lot of the social problems and resource waste emerging from government intervention seem pretty easy to fix: the government should just stop doing whatever it is doing that is creating the problems and the waste. The stubborn persistence of institutions and organizations that keep societies poor is a vexing problem for social scientists. In Political Capitalism, the economist Randall Holcombe takes on this problem by analyzing “political capitalism” as a distinct economic system with its own logic and features rather than as some kind of midpoint between capitalism and socialism.

Sep 28, 2020
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Art Carden
Are Lockdowns an Election-Year Ransom Note?

"We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either tier 2 or reopening K-12 schools at least until after the election, in early November.” Those are the words of a west coast health director. No in-person schooling until after the election? Hmmm.Please think about what was said. It reads as kind of a ransom note. Vote for science-reverent candidate Joe Biden, or else….

Sep 21, 2020
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John Tamny
The Bloodless Political Class and Its Lack of Empathy

Why watch COVID press conferences and briefings by politicians? They are just upsetting. These people seem to have no clue about why the virus is ignoring them. They keep issuing strange and arbitrary rules that they make up, change by the day, all enforced by intimidation and compulsion.

Aug 18, 2020
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Jeffrey A. Tucker
5 mins
How Global Capitalism Boosted Immunities

From the beginning of this virus, political elites have used the language of war. The invisible enemy would be contained, suppressed, and...

Jul 27, 2020
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Jeffrey A. Tucker
7 Mins
Grover Norquist: Policing for Profit Must End

One big factor was exposed after the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., at the hands of police.

Jul 22, 2020
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3 Mins
Why Gun Rights Are Essential In a World of Uncertainty and Scarcity

This humorous quip should not detract from the fact that many individuals in the United States (including me) own and carry a firearm for purely pragmatic reasons. The simplest case for the right to keep and bear arms can be summarized in one sentence: You are ultimately responsible for your own safety and security.

May 21, 2020
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Aaron Tao
8 Mins
Freedom Isn't Free

The Atlas Society has been fighting for liberty for over three decades, persevering against many challenges –– 9/11, the Great Recession, hurricanes, floods and fires.

Apr 27, 2020
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Jennifer A. Grossman
4 Mins
Why Wall Street Bankers and Federal Lawyers Hate Michael Milken

What outrages me, and what I think should outrage others, is the process that brought about the pardon.

Feb 27, 2020
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William L. Anderson
9 Mins
The Fatal Flaws of Interventionism Scuttle “Recycling”

Who could even imagine, now, a modern nation without recycling bins, recycling plants, and yoghurt containers made with recycled materials..

Dec 3, 2019
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Walter Donway
10 Mins
The Opioid Epidemic Becomes the New Rope Used for Big Business Lynching

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin (a brand of the narcotic, oxycodone), has filed for bankruptcy and the vultures (both public and private) will get a lot less than they’re hoping for. And one hopes the Sackler family, who owns Purdue, will escape lynching and bloodletting.

Nov 4, 2019
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Donna F. Paris
6 Mins
Economic Freedom: USA Back in Top 5, Canada 8th

The USA was in decline for the last decade, falling to 16th in 2015, but is now catching up to the world leaders. Canada’s Fraser Institute

Sep 15, 2019
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Stephen Hicks Ph.D
2 Mins
11 Economic Stats That Tell Venezuela's Story

A tragedy common to human history is unfolding in Venezuela. It’s impossible to predict how it will end or what the human toll will be.

Jun 25, 2019
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John Miltimore
2 Mins
The Return of Slavery

There are some plagues that mankind seems to be incapable of fully destroying. One of these plagues is slavery, which has existed since man

May 13, 2019
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Richard W. Rahn
4 Mins
Climate Change: A Moral Debate

There has been considerable debate on the science of climate change and global warming on both ends of the spectrum from “deniers” to “alarm

Apr 23, 2019
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John Vincent
6 Mins
Why Inequality Should Not Be an Object of Social Policy

Academics, the media, and Democratic politicians, like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have suggested that reducing inequality should be a central objective of public policy.

Oct 8, 2018
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John O. McGinnis
6 Mins
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