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Gridlock and the Change to Come

Gridlock and the Change to Come

Factional conflicts have the power to destroy empires - and republics ... Bitter fights in Washington are making the US economy look much worse than it is. The US Founding Fathers abhorred factions. The 10th Federalist Paper by James Madison in 1787 is a study of how to defend the fledgling ...

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Gun Prohibition Increases the Demand for Guns

Gun Prohibition Increases the Demand for Guns

Much has been written about the economics of gun control, including Kjar and Robinson’s 2009 article that noted the lack of basic economic application to the issue, and that there are ample substitutes available to individuals intent on killing people. Although gun violence “dropped dramatically ...

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Do Taxpayers Want to Pay For Those Shut Down Government Services?

Do Taxpayers Want to Pay For Those Shut Down Government Services?

There is a common assumption among politicians that voters want a lot of government services, but don’t want to pay for them. It’s certainly true that taxpayers don’t like paying taxes, and this is demonstrated in the fact that the federal government runs a deficit virtually every single year. If ...

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Did Putin Quietly Play the Debt Card Over Syria?

Did Putin Quietly Play the Debt Card Over Syria?

"They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy. They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar. If [in America] there is a systemic malfunction, this will affect everyone. Countries like ...

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Big Business, War, and Rothbard’s Class Analysis

Big Business, War, and Rothbard’s Class Analysis

This selection is from Justin Raimondo’s 1995 introduction to Rothbard’s monograph Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy, in which Rothbard further develops libertarian class analysis in an examination of how “big business” and other monied elites have consistently controlled American ...

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Record High Demand For Physical Gold Threatens To Break The Back Of The Paper Gold Market

Record High Demand For Physical Gold Threatens To Break The Back Of The Paper Gold Market

The demand for physical gold is exploding all over the world, and bullion banks are now experiencing a supply crunch that is absolutely unprecedented.  As physical demand continues to rise, the massive Ponzi scheme that the bullion banks have been engaged in is going to become increasingly ...

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The Era of Militant Statism

The Era of Militant Statism

[Part 3 of “In the Shadow of Dr. Lueger,” Independent Review, 2013. Click here for Part 1 and click here for Part 2.]

During the age ushered in by people such as Dr. Lueger, the voice of the majority (a class, a race, a nation, or a religion) became the law of the land; minority groups had to wait ...

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Four Centuries of Surveillance: From Privy Councils to FISA Courts

Four Centuries of Surveillance: From Privy Councils to FISA Courts

As the song [1] says, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

State power, i.e., power derived from the “political means” of acquiring wealth through force, is nothing more than a pestilence sapping the peace and prosperity of all humankind, and has been manifest in many cruel and unique forms. ...

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The Coming Shortage Of Physical Gold That Will Change Everything

The Coming Shortage Of Physical Gold That Will Change Everything

Is the paper gold scam about to be brutally crushed by a crippling shortage of physical gold?  If so, what will that do to global financial markets?  According to the Reserve Bank of India, “the traded amount of ‘paper linked to gold’ exceeds by far the actual supply of physical ...

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