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Episode 178: Must You Obey Government?

Episode 178: Must You Obey Government?

Trevor Burrus: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Powell: And I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: Today we have a little bit of a different episode, another one where it’s just Aaron and… Continue Reading

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Episode 111: Building a Better Government (with Richard A. Epstein)

Episode 111: Building a Better Government (with Richard A. Epstein)

Trevor Burrus: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: Joining us today is Richard Epstein, the Lawrence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School… Continue Reading

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When Governments Cut Spending

When Governments Cut Spending

What history, and both recent history and the most distant past history tells us is that bringing your spending under control through budget cuts and stringency bears big dividends in the short term and the medium term. Obvious case is… Continue Reading

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2008 Financial Crisis: The Government Response

2008 Financial Crisis: The Government Response

What is the grade that you would give the United States for responding to the boom and bust today? The answer is definitely a failing grade. Have we fixed the problems that created this boom and bust? Sadly, no we… Continue Reading

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Episode 106: The Distinction Between Governance and Government (with Edward P. Stringham)

Episode 106: The Distinction Between Governance and Government (with Edward P. Stringham)

Aaron Ross Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And today we’re joined by Edward Peter Stringham. He’s a Davis Professor of Economic Organizations… Continue Reading

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Why Government Fails

Why Government Fails

ANTONY DAVIES: Public choice economics is a field in economics in which we take what we understand about how humans behave, which is normally applied to humans in the private sector, and we apply this knowledge to humans in the… Continue Reading

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How Big Should Government Be? Left vs. Right #1

How Big Should Government Be? Left vs. Right #1

One of the most important differences between the Left and the Right is how each regards the role and the size of the government. The Left believes that the state should be the most powerful force in society. Among many… Continue Reading

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10 Myths About Government Debt

10 Myths About Government Debt

ANTONY DAVIES: Myths about the government debt. Myth number one, the government owes 20 trillion dollars. How much is 20 trillion dollars? Suppose you go to Germany, and in Germany, you go to every town. In every town, you visit… Continue Reading

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Screw the government

Screw the government

In the next sitting of parliament, the Government hopes to pass new legislation giving authorities greater powers to crack down on playing online poker for money in Australia. These interactive gambling laws are supposed to be about preventing match fixing… Continue Reading

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How Government Crowds out Private Investment

How Government Crowds out Private Investment

The phenomenon of crowding out is one of the key things to understanding accounts of public spending. Ultimately, there’s only a certain amount of investment capital around. To the extent that the government is using that money, whether for investment… Continue Reading