FREE-MARKET GEMS

Regulating Piano Teachers . . . Finally! It’s about time the Feds put a stop to the laissez-faire madness that is private piano lessons. Yay, Bureaucracy!

Old School Banking . . . is the new school banking. Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna of Mises looks at the rugged tenacity of the Swiss Private Banker, a throw-back model of wealth management that just might be the only model that survives today’s regulatory climate.

The Broken Window Parable . . . Dan Russell of LearnLiberty takes a new look at this old fallacy. It turns out the wisdom of it is applicable to a lot more than just windows.[4:00]

The American Dream . . . Though he agrees it’s under attack, Mark Matson says it’s also alive and well if you have the right mindset for going after it. [6:00]

Free Trade as an Ethic . . . It is the most effective means of alleviating poverty, ensuring peace, and promoting social justice. So says Daniel Hannon, a key instigator of Brexit. [20:00]

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Brexit bloat . . . The best way to cut bureaucracy is to kill it in its shell, before has a chance to grow. Britain is learning that painfully as it prepares to sever its EU ties. 43 years is a lot of bloat.

Global Armaggedon? . . . The headlines are shouting it, but sage advice from the guys at Matson Money says otherwise. (4:00)

What is Trumpism? . . . It’s imported “national collectivism” says Professor Steve Davies of Learn Liberty, and it’s far from a uniquely American phenomenon. (4:45)

Food laws . . . They’re too numerous and too dangerous, says Baylen Linnekin, lawyer and author of Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable. (10:00)

Deja vu all over again? . . . Remy drops a spoof on SNL (2:00)

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Trump’s Triumph . . . An upset, yes. A mandate for making America great again? Not exactly, says Gary Galles, of the Mises Institute. And even if it were, no government could make any country great.

Strangers at the door . . . In this Hillsdale College Imprimis lecture, Edward J. Erler, Professor Emeritus at Cal State, discusses nationhood in light of the Syrian refugee problem.

What happens now? . . . Trump may have been vague or hyperbolic about many of his proposed policies, but his immigration plan is specific, ambitious, and VERY expensive.

The minimum wage hoax . . . The folks at Learn Liberty discuss the cruelty that minimum wage law commits against the poor. (3:00)

Not so revolutionary . . . Richard M. Ebeling of FEE recounts how the French revolutionaries’ attempts at economic reform made Louis XVI’s finances look like a bake sale run by old Dutch women.

 

 

 

 

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A magic pill in the White house . . . Don’t count on it. The right person (your right person) in the White House still won’t fix Washington D.C.’s problems. Mises himself had much to say on this point.

The right of anonymity? . . . Our founding fathers did some of their best (and most treasonous) work under pen names, proving that anonymity was essential in our original fight for independence. (3:20)

More “help” from the feds . . . This time our keepers will be helping all salaried employees making less than $47,476 by forcing them to track their hours. No more handshake arrangements with employers. Handshakes…how old fashioned.

Liberating the music . . . A thousand years ago, music was handed out to the masses through the invention of notes and staffs. Jeffrey Tucker of FEE tells the story.

A page turner . . . for conservative fiction readers. Nick Gillespie sits down with Brad Thor, author of the Scot Harvath series. Their discussion (and Thor’s fiction) comes right out of today’s headlines. (54:00)

 

 

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Monopoly . . . is an ugly word, and there are some ugly things (some bad economic assumptions) about the favorite board game too. Beware – you may never look at the game the same way again.

The turncoat . . . Meet the Utah senator who jumped the Republican ship for the Libertarian one.

Back to the Middle Ages? . . . Growth management laws, which restrict what owners can do with their own land, sure make it feel like feudal times. The actual effects of the plans are no better.

Free markets and equality . . . The rising cost of occupational licensing not only creates an informational disparity between consumers and producers, but also bars the poor from entry and produces no improvements in quality.

An antidote to pessimism? . . . Try reality, says Marian Tupy of FEE. We’re richer, safer, and healthier than at any point in history, and yet we’re sure the sky is falling. Stop it!

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