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Archive for September, 2017
Hurricane Haikus

Price gouging sounds bad Stupid laws make it a crime Shortage continues **** Houses at high risk Subsidized flood insurance What would you expect? **** Storm’s victims galore Government to the rescue Mixed blessing at best * * * Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute. His most recent…
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How NYU Can Learn from China

When I studied in London last year as part of my university’s exchange program, I experienced first-hand the inefficiencies of monopolies propped up by central authorities. The “central authority” I speak of is not, perhaps, what you are thinking of: the UK government, or worse, the ‘notorious’ European Union. Rather, I use the term…
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Sanctuary Cities and Recreational Marijuana

Sanctuary cities deliberately refer to themselves using this confrontational terminology, indicating that they provide a sanctuary for those who are in the country illegally.  They do so by refusing to aid the federal government in enforcing federal immigration law. Sanctuary cities could be less confrontational if they dropped the terminology and simply said they…
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Progressive Democracy Works for the 1%

The Occupy Wall Street movement that began in 2011 protested government policies that favored the 1%, the elite, over the 99%, the masses.  Their protests were justified.  The Wall Street fat cats who owned mortgage-backed securities were bailed out, but homeowners who had lost their jobs and couldn’t pay their mortgages were foreclosed.  But…
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