Samuel Pepys and I Got Stoned
A 17th-century sufferer of "bladder stones" reminds us how far we've come in medical innovations that ease our pain and make us better.
The Liberty to Leave
Slavery has tainted the idea of secession, just as it erroneously defines the Civil War for too many people.
Peaceful secession is possible. It's time to remove the stigma and start thinking about a less united United States.
#23 – “The Balance of Trade Deficit Requires Government Action”
No trades are deemed as anything but "favorable" by those engaged in the trading, so how can anyone add all those trades up and arrive at something "unfavorable"?
The Dawn of the Surveillance State
We think of mass surveillance as a product of modern technology. But large-scale spying on Americans got its start in 1917, when the United States entered World War I.
Ludd vs. Schumpeter
An increased use of robots will cause a dislocation of labor, which will be painful for some in the near term. But if market forces are allowed to function, the dislocation will be temporary and life will improve for everyone.
Freedom and Whisky Go Together
Scottish secession is not about liberalization per se, but an independent Scotland might have to rediscover Adam Smith.