Up in smoke . . . From one fascist regime to another, small cigar manufacturers who escaped Cuba to start businesses here are now being regulated out of existence by the FDA and their cronies.
Why Independence? pt IV (3:20) . . . Because radical whig theory, of course. Never heard of it? It’s how our founding fathers understood freedom, and it’s the very basis of America’s form of government.
The Surveillance State (4:30) . . . Good news and bad news: the US has been spying on its own citizens for a lot longer than most people realize; and given our foreign policy it’s not likely to get any better. I guess that’s all bad news.
Trump, the Protectionist . . . Donald Trump’s version of fair trade is anything but free. More than that, it is in the opposite of free-trade, and Philip Magness of FEE explains why.
A Billion-dollar Object Lesson . . . The new home of the Minnesota Vikings will, according to economists from the Brookings Institute, attract neither tourists nor new industry. It’s a large-scale version of Bastiat’s broken window fallacy. A hard lesson to learn for Minnesota tax payers, but hey! Football!
Why Independence? III (3:54) . . . Professor Sarah Burns moves on to the biggie – TAXES!
Over-Policed . . . Yes, police are being asked to do too much. That we can all agree on. But we also have a LOT of things that need policing. Ryan McMaken of Mises offers one reason as to why we have so much of it: because it’s “free.”
So you want socialism? . . . In Venezuela, hyper-inflation has made it impossible to start a business, and a decree from their socialist leader has made it completely illegal to stop running one. This is just the tip of the iceberg that is the Venezuelan disaster.
As long my foot’s in the door . . . Obama proposes fixing the problems with Obamacare by adding more Obamacare.
25 years after the wall falls . . . According to one study, at least, the verdict is in: between those who advocated for a quick shift from socialism to free-market capitalism and those who preferred a gradual approach, the quick-fixers win hands down.
The next 100% (3:00) . . . No one knows what the next 20% stock market movement will be, but the next 100%, history tells us, will be up. So invest for the long-term! says Mark Matson (he’ll also explains why he went bargain shopping in the UK after Brexit).
Why Independence? (1:57) . . . Rochester Institute of Technology professor Sarah Burns introduces the big ideas behind our big 1776 push for liberty.
Why Independence? II (3:54) . . . Colonists vs. British soldiers
Bitcoin to the rescue . . . To avoid law-enforcement crackdown efforts on their Argentinian operations, Uber has partnered with Xapo, a bitcoin wallet and debit card provider, to protect transactions between riders and drivers. Who needs banks and cabs anyway? They’re just so 20th century.
Hillary’s Coattails . . . With the federal code describing over 30,000 regulatory violations that can be treated as crimes, it’s clear to both sides of the aisle that criminal justice reform is needed. Hillary’s defense (a mens rea strategy that seems to have worked) might come in handy for getting us there.
Free-trade is a piece of cake . . . Since voting to leave the EU, Britain’s calls for free-trade with Europe have been received as “cherry picking,” of wanting to have their cake and eat it too. Sascha Klocke of Mises reminds us that that’s exactly what free-trade is. It’s cake, and there’s plenty to go around.
Locked Up (3:00). . . Learn Liberty considers the issue of criminal justice reform in light of this year’s presidential race.
And the Oval Office goes to...(3:00) . . . Here’s a look at five different prediction models for who will win the White House this November.
Good News / Bad News . . . Kentucky’s de-regulation of licensing requirements for hair-braiders is great news for hair-braiders, many of whom are poor, recent immigrants from Africa. The bad news? That there was ever a licensing requirement for braiding hair.
The Free-trade Remnant . . . Like homeschooling and the sharing economy, there are very cool things happening in the freedom-loving world. You just have to have the eyes and ears for it.
Public Enemy #1 for the investor? (3:40) . . . Your own behavior. Investor coach Paul Winkler reminds us how to combat fear in order to stay the course.
UK vs. the EU . . . Despite warnings by naysayers (as in the hugely EU-vested IMF), Brexit would help the United Kingdom to thrive and to seek its own best interests in trade.
Brexit may be a referendum on regulation . . . but according to Richard Williams of Reason, Britain’s own regulatory backlog is nearly as problematic as the EU’s. Leave or stay, bureaucracy and over-regulation will continue to hold down economic growth in the UK.
It’s a Religious Freedoms Novel too (3:00) . . . In Don Quixote, Cervantes takes issue with the Spanish Inquisition when it was really dangerous to question the Spanish Inquisition. He gets away with it, and literature prof Eric Graf explains how.
NIMBYs and YIMBYs (8:00) . . . In San Fran, libertarians and progressives (and even Jerry Brown) have found reason to join forces to reform housing policy. They can all see that what’s need in the city by the bay is a free-market solution.