FREE MARKET GEMS

Interest rates are low . . . maybe forever. So what’s the problem? asks the man on the street. The smart people at Mises have an answer for him.

Freedom and the Civil Rights Movement . . . It wasn’t as much about freedom as it was about enforcement of laws that already established freedom. Prof. Fabio Rojas of Learn Liberty explains. [2:35]

How big is big? . . . There’s big, and there’s really big, and then somewhere beyond monstrously huge there’s the US national debt. A visual is helpful. [3:20]

A global tour . . . of gov’t insanity with Daniel Mitchell of FEE. It seems we’re not alone in over-reach, unintended consequences, and just plain stupidity.

Be my Libertarian Valentine? . . . Some V-day fun, compliments of Reason.

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Crisis creation . . . It’s a favorite maneuver of those in power. Trump gave it a go this week stating that murder was at a 47-year high when it’s actually at a 51-year low. He was close. If getting it almost exactly, oppositely wrong is a kind of close.

Marxism in 2:39 . . . Dierdre McCloskey of Learn Liberty explains.

Quid pro quo . . . So why do we have a Department of Education? It was a campaign promise by Jimmy Carter – not to the people of America but to the NEA for their endorsement of his 1976 campaign. It was a gift to the NEA, that’s why.

Sorry, NEA . . . With Betsy Devos’ senate confirmation as DOE Secretary, you must feel like you’re┬áreliving your November nightmares.

Stay calm and bitcoin . . . Bitcoin is gaining in stability, even surpassing the Euro. Justin Connell of FEE discusses it in some depth (much high-tech jargon if you’re into that sort of thing).

 

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Money for nothin’ . . . Finland floats universal basic income as an alternative to traditional welfare. Hopes are high across the Finnish political spectrum. But hope, says Nathan Keeble of Mises, is not economic reality.

Rising Health insurance premiums . . . That they’re on the rise is obvious (a quantum-leap style rise as we head into 2017), but why? Dr. Brian Blase explains for Learn Liberty. [2:00]

Free market or free trade? . . . Are they different? Republicans seem to want to believe they are. ReasonTV talks “free” to some Trump voters on the ground to get their thoughts. [6:00]

Moocher states . . . You might guess the biggest recipient’s of federal dollars would be one of the big blues: California or New York, maybe. You’d be wrong. They’re entirely red.

The Peltzman effect . . . Could safety features themselves increase the risks of injury? This may be one of the more fascinating unintended consequences.

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The Italian way . . . On the brink of economic ruin, Italy would be wise to look to the Bugatti, Ferrari, and Lamborghini models. (The visionary entrepreneurs who started the companies, not the cars themselves. They’re really expensive.)

Pro business . . . Most politicians say they are, but what do they really mean? Matthew Mitchell of Learn Liberty explains that unless they’re getting out of the way of business, politicians are anything but pro.

The third-party dilemma . . . The “Ranked Choice” voting option gets a boost in popularity after the fun of November 2016.

Where do Americans escape to? . . . According to Michael Barone of FEE, to states with right-to-work laws and no income tax. We’re not stupid.

1000 hours . . . That’s the training the state of Missouri will require for anyone wishing to practice (with a license) the profession of hair braiding. Not hair transplant surgery – hair braiding. The black market just keeps getting bigger.

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