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Media Focus on Mass Shootings Shows Disconnect from Actual Crime Trends

Legal System

Blog08/03/2019

Most Americans say crime has gotten worse over the past decade. They're wrong. Moreover, the focus on mass shootings appears misplaced when mass-shooting deaths make up less than one percent of all homicide deaths.

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Plastic Bans: Imaginary Benefits, Real Costs

Big GovernmentThe Environment

Blog08/03/2019

Proposals to ban single-use plastics is yet another triumph of symbolism over substance. Unfortunately, while the benefits are largely illusory, the costs are quite real.

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From God or the Sword?

Free MarketsU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyInterventionism

08/02/2019Mises Daily Articles
Any profitable inquiry into the character of the American State must therefore take into account the distinction between making a living by production and gaining a living by predation; that is, between economics and politics.
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Bias in Philosophy

08/02/2019Power & Market

Powerline reports a survey on bias against philosophers with rightwing views.

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Baltimore's Homicide Rate Is Ten Times Larger than the US Rate

Legal System

Blog08/02/2019

When it comes to Baltimore being a haven of appalling violent crime, Trump's not wrong. Although it has strict gun control laws, Baltimore's homicide rate is comparable to that of El Salvador and Venezuela.

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Recycling: Wasting Resources While Claiming to Conserve Them

Bureaucracy and RegulationValue and Exchange

Blog08/02/2019

Recycling isn't free. It requires the use of time and resources, many of which end up wasted. But politicians keep insisting that recycling is always a win-win, even though we have many examples to the contrary.

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Robots Ready to Scoop Ice Cream Jobs

Blog08/02/2019

As Murray Rothbard so rightly put it, minimum wage laws translate into “compulsory unemployment.” They don't provide any jobs. They only outlaw them.

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The Fed Rate Cut Shows the Fed Is Either Clueless or Lying. Or Both.

Money and BanksMoney and Banking

Blog08/01/2019

With its latest rate cut, the Fed is either caving to pressure from the Trump administration, or the Fed is admitting the economy is weaker than stated. Or the Fed simply doesn't know what's going on.

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