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Trust Us, We're Superheroes

Media and CultureThe Police StateWar and Foreign Policy

09/25/2015The Austrian
Marvel Studios just keeps cranking out the superhero movies, and many of them present ambiguous messages about the state. But most of them do seem to stick to a central anti-state message: the government's next superweapon may destroy us.
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Guns, Drugs, and Booze: The Bipartisan Support for Prohibition

Big GovernmentLegal SystemThe Police State

08/29/2015Mises Wire
In the United States, both major parties are very fond of using the power of government to prohibit voluntary transactions among consenting adults. They merely disagree on which things to ban under pain of arrest and imprisonment.
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Why Government Hates Cash

Money and BanksThe Police StateMoney and Banking

08/24/2015The Austrian
Governments have long hated physical cash because it allows for untraceable purchases. But a bigger problem for governments is the fact that holders of cash can signal a lack of trust in central banks by removing all their cash from the financial system.
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Cass Sunstein and "Libertarian" Paternalism

Big GovernmentThe Police StatePolitical Theory

08/18/2015The Austrian
Law professor and bureaucrat Cass Sunstein makes the case for what he calls "Libertarian Paternalism" in his new book Why Nudge? The problem, David Gordon explains, is that Sunstein's plan assumes rationality and good faith among the government agents who do the "nudging."
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Doomsayers Doomed in Washington State Marijuana Debate

The Police StateU.S. HistoryInterventionism

07/25/2015Mises Daily Articles
Legal recreational marijuana has now been legal in Washington State for two and a half years. During that time, violent crime has decreased, and the doom-laden predictions of opponents to legalization have failed to come true.
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Portugal’s Experiment in Drug Decriminalization Has Been a Success

HealthThe Police StateInterventionism

07/10/2015Mises Daily Articles
Fourteen years ago, when Portugal decriminalized most illegal drugs, drug war proponents claimed the move would drive Portugal into chaos. Today, Portugal has the second-lowest death rate from illegal drugs in Europe with no sign of chaos on the horizon.
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Tate Fegley: Crime and Punishment in a Libertarian Society

Free MarketsLegal SystemThe Police State

07/09/2015Audio/Video
Jeff Deist and Tate Fegley discuss law and justice under anarcho-capitalism.
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Soft Tyranny in Albuquerque: The Politics of Better Call Saul!

Media and CultureThe Police State

06/23/2015The Austrian
Better Call Saul , a spinoff of mega-hit Breaking Bad , explores the many ways that government spies on us to control and ruin our lives. In response, many turn to making a living through less-than-honest means because so few options are left to them.
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Does Military Defense Require Large States?

Global EconomyThe Police StateWar and Foreign Policy

06/12/2015Mises Daily Articles
Opponents of secession and decentralization claim that secession is self-destructive because small states will find themselves defenseless in the face of military aggression. In fact, small states enjoy many advantages in wealth, flexibility, and decentralization that are lacking in larger,...
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