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Darth Vader and the Contracts Clause
The Empire fell for want of judicially enforceable contracts

A government that can renege on its contracts not only tramples the rights of the people, but ultimately harms itself.

Anything Peaceful

10 Questions about Conscious Machines
How will we handle the rights of AI?

What happens to our institutions when the machines wake up?

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Freedom of Disassociation: Indiana Edition
Repugnance does not justify state coercion

Whether it's repugnance at people's religious beliefs or repugnance at the thought of two people of the same sex being married, such an emotion does not suffice to trump fundamental freedoms.

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The Costs of Hysteria
How economists are misleading the public on climate-change policy

It is understandable that noneconomists would fail to employ marginal analysis and would engage in overblown rhetoric when discussing something as controversial as climate-change policy. However, too many professional economists have fallen into this bad habit.

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The Silk Road Back to Leviathan?
Does Dread Pirate Roberts’s fate destroy the dream of justice without the state?

In evaluating stateless experiments like Silk Road, we have to ask, "As compared with what?" Certainly not an ideal. Try comparing Ross Ulbricht with Richard Nixon in Indochina.

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Bureaucracy Unlimited
“Enforcement creep” frees government to grow unchecked

Big government has found a way to legislate without law by shaking down companies.

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The Oppression of Expression
The connection between language and liberty is profound

Mark Dunn's Ella Minnow Pea reminds us how vital is the connection between language and liberty.

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8 Goofs in Jonathan Gruber’s Health Care Reform Book
This Obamacare architect’s propaganda piece is a comic of errors

A piece of pre-Obamacare propaganda reveals the extent of the errors and distortions that fueled the debate and helped get the monstrous legislation passed.

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BlackBerry’s Bully
The latest in tech cronyism is a twist on net neutrality

A beleaguered maker of mobile devices wants government bullies to save it from marketplace bullies. It's the latest in tech crony capitalism: a twist on net neutrality.

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Politics Is Violence
Force is a means specific to the state

Beneath all the pomp and circumstance of politics lies the moral paradox of violent aggression.

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