Two Sentences that Capture the Essential Difference Between Libertarians and Statists

Why are there so few liberty-oriented societies compared to the number of places with statist governments? And why does it seem like the size and scope of government keeps expanding around the world? If I’m feeling optimistic, I’ll disagree with the tone of those questions. There are reasons to be cheerful, after all. the Soviet Empire collapsed and there’s solid data that global economic liberty has increased over the past few decades. And for those who care about evidence, there’s a slam-dunk argument that smaller government means more prosperity. But if I’m feeling pessimistic, I’ll look...

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The War on Marijuana Impairs Fighting Real Crime

When writing about money laundering laws, I’ll sometimes highlight gross abuses by government and I’ll periodically make the usual libertarian arguments about privacy. But I mostly focus on how the laws simply don’t make sense from a cost-benefitperspective. Anti-money laundering laws and regulations impose large burdens on the private sector, which creates disproportionate hardship for the poor. Yet there’s no evidence that the laws actually hinder criminal activity, which was the rationale for imposing the laws in the first place. I have the same attitude about the War on Drugs. Yes, I get...

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