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The Political Paternalists Take Aim at Milton Friedman

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The cancel culture movement has caught wide attention with its insistence on “cleansing” the country of persons, statues, building names, or any other public monument accused of being in any way tainted by or identified with American slavery or racism, past or present. This has served as a “cover” to delegitimize virtually anyone not aligned with or acquiescent to the ideas of identity politics, critical race theory, and any number of other “politically correct” policy positions. The modus operandi is to assert that to hold a particular political or economic policy view is, in itself, demonstration of an explicit or implicit justification for or defense of racism, sexism, unjust social or economic inequality, or authoritarianism and elitism in its various ideological forms. Any attempt to deny and respond to such charges through reason or evidence is met with contemptuous smirks and sneers, making it clear that all such replies, in themselves, show that person’s unwillingness to see their own prejudices; ...

Harris’s Trip to El Paso Won’t Solve the Immigration Crisis

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Vice President Kamala Harris is on her way to El Paso, Texas, to study America’s decades-old immigration crisis. Apparently she hopes that she is going to be hit with some sort of brilliant insight while visiting a city on the U.S.-Mexico border that will finally bring an end to the crisis. It’s not going to happen. No matter what Harris sees and no matter who she talks to, it won’t make any difference. America’s decades-old, never-ending, perpetual immigration crisis will continue. There is a simple reason for that: America’s immigration-control system is the root cause of the crisis. That’s because it is a socialist system, given that it’s based on the socialist principle of central planning. Federal officials plan, in a top-down, command-and-control fashion, the movements of millions of people in a very complex labor market. It cannot be done. Central planning produces what Ludwig von Mises called “planned chaos.” It reflects what Friedrich Hayek called the “fatal ...

Why a Standing Army and a Welfare State?

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One of the major distinguishing characteristics, philosophically speaking, between our American ancestors and today’s Americans is with respect to the national-security establishment. Our ancestors fiercely opposed that type of governmental structure. Today’s Americans vociferously support it. That was why our ancestors chose to bring into existence a limited-government republic, one that only had a basic, relatively small military. If they had been told that the Constitution was going to bring into existence the Pentagon, the vast military-industrial complex, an empire of domestic and foreign military bases, the CIA, and the NSA, there is no doubt that they never would have approved the deal. That would have meant that the United States would have continued operating under the Articles of Confederation, a type of governmental structure whose powers were so few and limited that the federal government didn’t even have the power to tax. That was the way our ancestors wanted it. Unlike today’s Americans, they didn’t want a ...