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It’s time to start thinking about inflation

In the year 215 AD, the young Roman Emperor Caracalla, then just 27 years of age, decided to ‘fix’ Rome’s perennial inflation problem by minting a brand new coin. Caracalla’s predecessors over the previous several decades had ordered an astonishing debasement of Roman currency; the silver content in Rome’s ‘denarius’ coin, for example,

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How to choose a mascot that won’t be controversial in 2021

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an evergreen tree? Perhaps the smell of pine. Or a wooded trail by a babbling brook. Or maybe even Christmas. However, for one member of the Board of Education in Portland, Oregon, the first thing that comes to mind is

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YouTube censors panel of medical experts over Covid-19 “misinformation”

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice. YouTube censors panel of medical experts over Covid-19 “misinformation” The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis recently held

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Some clear thinking on the yesterday’s massive deficit announcement

Every single month, the US Treasury Department is legally obliged to publish monthly financial statements to the public. This is typically a pretty boring ritual which attracts minimal fanfare; few people pay attention, or even care to look at the federal government’s accounting of its assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Yet yesterday’s financial

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“If a lie is only printed often enough, it becomes a quasi-truth. . .”

Isabella Blagden’s 1869 novel The Crown of a Life wasn’t exactly a smashing success. The book is actually pretty captivating. But literature at the time was dominated by titans like Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Dickens, Bronte, Jules Verne, and George Eliot. And Blagden’s work didn’t stand a chance against such lofty competition. That’s why few

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The most normal place in the world

Two days ago, in its infinite wisdom, the government of Chile announced that they were once again closing the national borders and putting the country back into lockdown. I had been in Chile since late February, spending time at our farms and touring our agriculture operations after a successful harvest season. But needless

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Masks containing harmful chemical distributed to schoolchildren

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice. Parents against critical race theory placed on enemies list A Facebook group called “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County,”

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Once again, Congress wants to go back in time to steal your money

By the early 13th century, beset by endless wars with France, internal rebellion among the royal family, and a costly fight with the Church, England was heavily in debt and running out of funds. To bring in some quick cash, King John demanded that his nobles pay a much heftier tax rate. And

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