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Our new great migration . . . Not an east to west movement this time, but one across tax brackets. The losers? Those states with the high taxes, of course: California and New York.

Free speech?. . . It’s not that Left and Right disagree on its meaning; it’s that they disagree on its necessity.

The US Civil War . . . Professor Brian Domitrovic of Learn Liberty briefs us on the economic causes of the War Between the States. And yes, slavery was at the heart of it.

Venezuela . . . Once lauded by American leftists as a model for social democracy, Bolivarian socialism is failing in a spectacular way. As all socialist experiments must.

The world’s first free-market novel?. . . Is the world’s first novel: Don Quixote. Modern Spain could use a few more men like Cervantes.

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No holding back! . . . Mark Matson, once again, makes his philosophy of investing VERY clear.

The driving force of inflation . . . is the money supply, not the cost of oil. Mises had a word to say on that too.

History of the Nat’l Bank . . . The Federal Reserve debate is nothing new. In fact, it’s been with us since George Washington’s tenure.

Trump as chemo therapy . . . Dan Carlin and Dave Rubin discuss the place of crisis as necessary ingredient for reform.

Anger as virtue . . . Daniel Lattier of FEE posits that the reason we love to hate politics is that we’ve simply learned what we’ve been taught: if you’re not outraged, there’s something wrong with you.

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Who is the real Trump? . . . Is it the campaign Trump who praised Wikileaks or the rubber-stamp Trump who wants Julian Assange in prison? And does it even matter now?

The Commerce Clause . . . Prof. Brian Domitrovic of Learn Liberty explains why it came about in 1789 and how it’s been interpreted since.

Eminent Domain is coming to the big screen . . . The new film Little Pink House dramatizes the true story of Suzette Kelo, a retired nurse who was forced to give up her home to make way for a new Pfizer building. All for the public good, says SCOTUS.

Real tax reform . . . Trump’s proposed changes are a good start. Moving them from proposal to law will be the real challenge.

Fear the robots? . . . Never! says Donald Boudreaux of FEE. Robots may replace jobs, but they cannot replace human creativity, and it’s creativity that creates new jobs.

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Happy Tax Day! . . . Jeff Deist of Mises explores the effects taxation has on everyday normal human activity and the distortions in national economies that result.

Revolution! . . . We’re familiar with “taxation without representation!” but did you know that attacks on free trade also helped to push us to rebellion in 1776? [5:00]

Our inalienable rights . . . James Rogers of FEE looks at the actual definition, what Jefferson actually meant, and it may shock you.

Is Marxism on the rise? . . . No, says Prof. Brandon Turner of Learn Liberty, but Welfarism is, and that’s pretty scary too.

The happiest children . . . are Dutch, according to the World Happiness Report. Annie Holmquist of FEE explains the three reasons why.

 

 

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What happens in Vegas . . . will soon be broadcast live on Sunday afternoons. This week the NFL granted Mark Davis permission to move his Raiders to Sin City. There are a lot of losers (taxpayers, hotel guests, Oakland), but the winners are the players who will move from 13% to 0% state income.

Self censorship . . . in the age of jihad. Journalist Flemming Rose, publisher of the infamous Mohammed cartoons of 2005, shares his rationale for that decision.

3 questions . . . for SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch that he’s not likely to get from the current Senate.

The great liberal flip-flop . . . How left-leaning college students are the ones calling for less free speech and more censorship. Author Jonathon Haidt discusses this reversal with Reason’s Nick Gillespie.

A gov’t hard fork . . . Jeffrey Tucker of FEE explains how an old idea (c.1776) might look for a new and digital age.

 

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