Tag: statism
“Leave Us Alone So We Can Be Together”
At the Independent Institute, we believe that individual liberty—in the context of constitutionally limited government and free markets—produces great results. Our defense of individual liberty does not arise out of a philosophy that says to the world, “Leave me alone.” Rather, we defend liberty from a philosophy that says specifically to the government, “Leave...
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July 4th or July 14th? Today’s Upheaval Isn’t George Washington’s Revolution
America is experiencing a revolution. But it is a far different revolution than the one we celebrate every Fourth of July. In fact, it has much more in common with the French Revolution of 1789 than the Spirit of 1776. The American Revolution is often called a lawyers’ revolution. This is based on the...
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On the “Participatory” Part of “Participatory Fascism”
A complicated order is established to maintain the status quo.
Hey Millennials: Here’s the Truth About Socialism, Kim Jong-un, and Nicolás Maduro
A government powerful enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take away everything you have.
Roving Bandit, Stationary Bandit, and Income Tax
Many libertarians have embraced the slogan “taxation is theft.”
Governmentium
From the satirical vaults of 2005 by an unknown author who we wish we could credit, but most likely someone who was working for the government: Scientists have discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy...
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A Few Thoughts on Catalonia
The Catalan independence movement has drawn some support among libertarians. From a theoretical standpoint, any group’s attempt to break away from a larger political entity is hard to argue with. Ultimately, though, the principle of self-determination, taken to its logical extreme, would mean dissolving the state and replacing it with voluntary associations. Which is...
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Hardcore Socialism Would Render Britain Destitute
Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist policies of state control, high spending, class warfare and punitive taxation have been tried in many countries. We know how these policies turn out and it is always the same: badly. As a starting point, he appointed a Stalinist as a key advisor, ignored warnings about Trot infiltration of the Labour...
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Calexit 2018? The Movement Is Beginning
The Sacramento Bee reports that “[b]ackers of a proposed constitutional amendment seeking California’s secession from the U.S. can begin collecting voter signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot, the [California] secretary of state’s office said Thursday.” Support for this initiative is strong, with one in three Californians saying they are ready to leave the...
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Why I Am Voting for Brexit
[Based on remarks to the Hewitts-Northern Echo Brexit debate held in Darlington, County Durham, England, 15 June 2016.] If we British vote to stay in the European Union (EU), we should consider exactly what it is that we would be voting to remain in. The EU is a democratically-deficient failed state. Its ‘constitution’ is...
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