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The worst moment of the first presidential debate in 2020

The first presidential debate of 2020 reached an historic low in its the very first segment – not from Joe Biden calling the president a “clown” or telling him to “shut up,” nor from Donald Trump choosing to imitate Biden’s interruption-laden 2012 vice presidential debate performance on steroids. Continue Reading…
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Big Government, Big Business, Big Protectionism

Scott Lincicome It is commonly assumed on the left and (increasingly) the right that free markets boost—and that government regulation checks—the growth and market power of large corporations. Liberalized international trade and investment policies, in particular, are often criticized by market skeptics as a tool that Big Business uses to entrench its dominant position to the detriment of workers and potential competitors. Libertarians and other free market advocates, of course, believe much the opposite: that free market competition fuels “creative destruction”—i.e., the economically‐​valuable displacement of old, large companies by new competitors, as first described by economist Joseph Schumpeter—and thus serves as a powerful check on Big Business, which often lobbies for and benefits from trade restrictions and other government regulations that discourage new market entrants.
A new paper from economists Mara Faccio and John McConnell of Purdue University provides strong new support for the “libertarian” view. Examining data for 75 countries (including the United States) since 1910, they find—

Consistent with Schumpeter’s proposition, the displacement of old, large firms is the norm in each of the time periods considered, but exceptions to the creative destruction rule do exist. In fact, 13.6 percent of the 20 largest firms in each country remained in the top 20…

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The Election Has Already Been Hijacked and the Winner Decided: ‘We the People’ Lose

September 30, 2020. The outcome is a foregone conclusion: the Deep State will win and “we the people” will lose.The Election Has Already Been Hijacked and the Winner Decided: ‘We the People’ Lose was first posted on September 30, 2020 at 6:13 pm.©2018 "The Daily Bell". Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at …

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Key Vote NO on the Heroes Act 2.0, H.Amdt. to S.Amdt. to H.R. 925

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote NO on House Democrats’ new Heroes Act 2.0, the H.Amdt. to the S.Amdt. to H.R. 925. The vote on the Heroes Act 2.0 comes at a time when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have refused to negotiate in good-faith with the White House on another COVID-19 relief package. Although Pelosi and Schumer have lowered their top-line price tag for another COVID-19 relief package to $2.2 trillion from $3.5 trillion, the $2.2 trillion demand is…

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The masquerading problem

For the past four decades, I’ve been complaining about the way the profession does empirical work on monetary policy. The studies often use “vector autoregressions” to estimate the impact of changes in the policy interest rate. Unfortunately, interest rates are not monetary policy. You can try to estimate the part of interest rate movements that […]
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Colleges Shouldn’t Be Able to Get Away with Violating Student Speech Rights

Ilya Shapiro and Michael Collins College is a time to think, to learn, to challenge others’ ideas, and to have your ideas challenged in turn. So thought Chike Uzuegbunam when he attempted to share his religious ideas with fellow students and ran into Georgia Gwinnett College’s “speech zone” policy.
Chike decided to share his beliefs, through one‐​on‐​one conversations and handouts, in a large plaza outside the library. Campus police ordered him to stop. They informed him that he could only speak in designated “speech zones.” Chike applied for permission to use a zone, but could only speak briefly before campus police again accosted him. This time he was told that his speech was “disorderly conduct,” which is any speech that causes discomfort, as judged subjectively by whoever might be listening. The police threatened Chike with prosecution and he was frightened into silence.
As a public college, Georgia Gwinnett is bound by the First Amendment not to abridge speech. But the school cordoned off the “free and open expression of divergent points of view” into two miniscule areas of campus, which were only available a few hours a day on weekdays and required a three‐​day advanced reservation. The college had unfettered discretion in approving who may speak and when and how.

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Incrementalism Versus the Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle

The modern-day libertarian movement is besieged by statist proposals to reform the welfare-warfare state way of life in which Americans live. Included among such reform proposals are things like Social Security “privatization,” school vouchers, health-savings accounts, immigration “reform,” and many more.
As I have indicated in previous articles, reform-oriented libertarians have long maintained that these reform proposals are “freedom and free enterprise.” Of course, that’s simply not true. Libertarianism — or genuine liberty — necessarily requires the Continue Reading
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The Most Frightening Thing Joe Biden Said Last Night

Joe BidenPresident Trump throughout the debate last night tried to frame Joe Biden as a radical leftist. Biden denied it time after time.But it was Biden himself who provided the tell that he does indeed side with radical leftists and I am talking frightening radical leftist concepts.At about 30 minutes into the debate, Biden said, “It’s about equity and equality. It’s about decency. It’s about …

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Debate ‘Train Wreck’ Shows US in No Position To Lecture the World

Reprinted from Responsible Statecraft (Quincy Institute) with permission. It was called ‘“the worst debate in American history” by more than one pundit and cable news anchor. The graphic descriptions of Tuesday night’s presidential debate between incumbent Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden began mounting on social media and spilling over into Wednesday’s headline stories. The … Continue reading “Debate ‘Train Wreck’ Shows US in No Position To Lecture the World”
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