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Legal Marijuana Businesses Must Pay 70% Federal Tax

Legal SystemTaxes and SpendingU.S. History


For the IRS and the federal government in general, the Drug War is just the gift that keeps on giving since the high tax rates can be traced back to a 1980s-era anti-drug law.

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Scalia's Fate

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With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the various 2016 presidential campaigns have been thrown a serious curve ball.

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How Governments Can Manipulate Murder Rates by Excluding "Terrorist" Killings

Legal SystemThe Police StateWar and Foreign Policy


Days after the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs, President Obama had the chutzpah to stand up in Paris of all places and declare that mass shootings don't occur "in other countries."

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New York State Bans Fantasy Football

Legal SystemMedia and CulturePrivate PropertyValue and Exchange


New York State Attorney General says that fantasy football is just as bad for you as the State Lottery. The lottery is actually much worse!


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Rothbard: Gun Regulation Explained

Legal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology

[A selection from For a New Liberty.]

If, as libertarians believe, every individual has the right to own his person and property, it then follows that he...

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Should the Ashley Madison Hackers Go to Jail?

Legal SystemPolitical Theory


For starters, consider that personal and business reputations might well become even more important in a more libertarian society. Our reflexive aversion to cheats, liars, and secrecy is very much in accord with human nature, and there’s every reason to believe a private legal system would...

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Microbreweries Craft New Flavors of IP Regulation

Legal SystemU.S. EconomyEntrepreneurshipInterventionismMonopoly and Competition


There’s an interesting story in the news about my hometown of Fort Collins, and how its growing craft beer scene is threatened by intellectual property disputes.

The microbrew...

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Mormont Shrugged; or, Lessons from the Game of Thrones

Legal SystemMedia and CulturePolitical Theory


Readers of this blog may remember previous posts about George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire and its TV adaptation, Game of Thrones. Carmen Dorobăţ and I have recently collected our writing into a forthcoming book chapter, available for free.


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Feds Seize Widow's Legally-Obtained Money — Because Terrorism

Legal SystemThe Police StatePrivate Property


The banking system in the United States today functions largely as a spy agency for the federal government.

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