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Economics

The Progress of Greed

Capitalism has an ironic side effect after generations of progress: we forget about the minutia of production and the importance …

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Economics

The Lottery is the Best Tax

This entry is part 40 of 44 in the series Christian Theology of Public Policy Course

This essay continues the Christian Theology and Public Policy Course by John Cobin, author of the books Bible and Government …

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Culture

What’s Wrong with Social Justice?

What does “social justice” mean?  To the extent that it is about justice  – outputs being aligned with inputs; effect …

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Economics

Freedoms I Wish the Military Were Defending

“Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended.” ~ George W. Bush, September …

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Culture

Equality, Envy and Idolatry

My latest post over at the Common Sense Concept: The poor in the US are doing very well compared to …

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Economics

Private Charity Isn’t Enough

“The idea that churches can tackle national poverty, take care of those who are ill, and rebuild communities after natural …

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Economics

What “rights” do Christians have?

This entry is part 23 of 44 in the series Christian Theology of Public Policy Course

This essay continues the Christian Theology and Public Policy Course by John Cobin, author of the books Bible and Government …

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Economics

Politicians are self-interested too (and probably more than you are)

This entry is part 21 of 44 in the series Christian Theology of Public Policy Course

This essay continues the Christian Theology and Public Policy Course by John Cobin, author of the books Bible and Government …

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Economics

Economic Theory, Self-Interest, and the Bible

This entry is part 20 of 44 in the series Christian Theology of Public Policy Course

This essay continues the Christian Theology and Public Policy Course by John Cobin, author of the books Bible and Government …

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Economics

Moral Busybodies

This is a post originally written for the Prometheus blog, but it no longer appears there so I thought I’d …

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Economics

Two Concepts of Equality

By Edmund Opitz, author of The Libertarian Theology of Freedom and Religion and Capitalism: Allies, Not Enemies. —- The great …

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Culture

Which kind of Equality?

By Edmund Opitz, author of The Libertarian Theology of Freedom and Religion and Capitalism: Allies, Not Enemies. —- The eighteenth …

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Economics

Should We Let Things Get So Bad They Finally Get Better?

A snippet I wrote for the March 2010 issue of Liberty Magazine in the Reflections section under the title “Story …

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Economics

The Philosophy of Ludwig von Mises

By Edmund Opitz, author of The Libertarian Theology of Freedom and Religion and Capitalism: Allies, Not Enemies. This article is …

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Economics

The Market Economy and Its Life-Support System

By Edmund Opitz, author of The Libertarian Theology of Freedom and Religion and Capitalism: Allies, Not Enemies. —- The World …

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Economics

Noah’s Ark and the Sanctity of Private Property

The subject of a proposed religious theme park in Kentucky brings up an issue near and dear to the heart …

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Economics

The War on Poverty Revisited

By Edmund Opitz, originally published in the February 1986 edition of The Freeman. —- Capitalism, by conquering poverty, creates the …

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Economics

To Save the World

By Edmund Opitz, originally published in the April 1984 edition of The Freeman. Status quo is a Latin phrase meaning, …

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Economics

Ed Opitz shows us the Way of Freedom

A quote from Edmund Opitz. —- “The human spirit seeks full and free expression in every department of life: in …

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Culture

Classic Essay: Against School

By John Taylor Gatto, originally published in Harpers, September 2003. How public education cripples our kids, and why I taught …

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Economics

Teensploitation

This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series Great Libertarian Memes

Far from being environments conducive to learning, schools across the world coerce students to conform to the whims of politicians and bureaucrats. Billed as bastions of free expression, intellectual honesty and rigor, administrators have turned schools into prisons for the mind, where one-size- fits-all policies are forced upon youth and where independent thoughts are discarded. It’s a world in which the government will tell a student what they can and can’t think, wear, say, or do. It’s a world that crushes the individual for the benefit of those in power — a practice we’ve dubbed “Teensploitation.”

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Economics

Progressives Against Progress

This entry is part 14 of 22 in the series Great Libertarian Memes

“Progress” is an abused word these days, especially by bureaucrats and the special interest groups that cater to them. Yet such groups, in the name of progress and social justice, support government intervention through intervention in the market, minimum or living wages, and universal healthcare. We find neither progress nor justice in government actions that advance one group at the expense of another.

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Economics

ImmiGreat

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series Great Libertarian Memes

Thanks in large part to misinformation, protectionist legislation passed with the support of Big Labor and other rent-seeking groups, and rhetoric accompanying these actions, immigration has become a divisive topic. As was seen between East and West Berlin decades ago and between the United States and Mexico today, this controversy sometimes results in the construction of physical barriers to prevent the free movement of individuals. Yet, fortunately there are some reasonable voices in this discussion, helping to point out how immigration restrictions further entrench governments and negate individual rights, in addition to severely hampering the economy.

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Economics

Hands Off My Home

This entry is part 9 of 22 in the series Great Libertarian Memes

Thanks in large part to the work of the Institute for Justice and the 2005 Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London, eminent domain (the taking of private property by the government) has caused much grassroots and legal activity.

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Economics

How Much Bureaucracy Did Congress Just Buy Us?

You have to hand it to the Federal Government, they really know how to take a bad situation and make …

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