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Making tax returns easier — without Turbo Tax — is just reason
Economics

Why We Need a Flat Tax

Making tax returns easier — without Turbo Tax — is just reason “The system of discriminatory taxation universally accepted under the misleading name of progressive taxation of income and inheritance is not a mode of taxation. It is rather a mode of disguised expropriation of the successful capitalists and entrepreneurs”. – Ludwig von Mises If the free market has been so successful at massively reducing poverty worldwide, then why do people continue to complain about inequality? People often argue that the free market has enabled a small group of wealthy individuals to profit

Juneteenth: 3 Lessons in Activism
Civil Liberties

Juneteenth: 3 Lessons in Activism

On June 19th, 1865, Texas became the last state in the nation to proclaim enslaved African Americans free. Exactly three years ago this past Monday,

High Time to Rethink High Schooling
Economics

High Time to Rethink High Schooling

Why Educational Vouchers Are Not Enough In 1955, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Milton Friedman, introduced the idea of school vouchers

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The Rule of Law plays a pivotal role in enhancing individuals' freedoms, as it dictates whether a country veers toward authoritarianism or freedom. But what do we understand as the Rule of Law?
Equal Treatment Under Law

Why our liberty hinges on the Rule of Law

The Rule of Law plays a pivotal role in enhancing individuals’ freedoms, as it dictates whether a country veers toward authoritarianism or freedom. But what do we understand as the Rule of Law?

Portugal finds itself once more on the precipice of electoral intrigue as the nation gears up for legislative elections on March 10, 2024. The (second) resignation of Prime Minister António Costa amid a corruption scandal has thrown the country into political turmoil. Despite the obvious setbacks, recent polls indicate that Costa's Socialist Party (PS) remains poised for reelection. This raises intriguing questions about the electorate's enduring support and sheds light on the nuances of Portugal's political landscape.
Democracy and Voting

Why Portugal’s Socialist Party looks poised for victory despite scandal

Portugal finds itself once more on the precipice of electoral intrigue as the nation gears up for legislative elections on March 10, 2024. The (second) resignation of Prime Minister António Costa amid a corruption scandal has thrown the country into political turmoil.

Despite the obvious setbacks, recent polls indicate that Costa’s Socialist Party (PS) remains poised for reelection. This raises intriguing questions about the electorate’s enduring support and sheds light on the nuances of Portugal’s political landscape.

Once again, on January 23, 2024, Iranian authorities executed two political dissidents, Mohammed Ghobadlou and Farhad Salimi, after unjust trials. These latest tragedies shed light on the ongoing pattern concerning Iran’s use of the death penalty in persecuting both opponents of the regime and ethnic minorities.
Civil Liberties

Mohammed Ghobadlou and Farhad Salimi: the tragedy of executed dissidents in Iran

Once again, on January 23, 2024, Iranian authorities executed two political dissidents, Mohammed Ghobadlou and Farhad Salimi, after unjust trials.

These latest tragedies shed light on the ongoing pattern concerning Iran’s use of the death penalty in persecuting both opponents of the regime and ethnic minorities. 

Since they first seized power, Soviet leaders have claimed their “democracy” to be the best in history. However, their understanding of democracy differs significantly from that of the United States and other Western nations. This second piece of a series addressing myths about the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) will focus on the country’s strange legacy on democracy and minority rights.
Democracy and Voting

The Soviet Union’s terrible legacy on democracy and minority rights

Since they first seized power, Soviet leaders have claimed their “democracy” to be the best in history. However, their understanding of democracy differs significantly from that of the United States and other Western nations.

This second piece of a series addressing myths about the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) will focus on the country’s strange legacy on democracy and minority rights.

Society is always changing, and so are ideas.  One constant, however, is intolerance for different ideas. That intolerance has left its mark, often in blood, on human history. The current iteration of intolerance, though not quite bloody, is “cancel culture.”
Censorship

Tolerance means dealing with ideas without canceling or censoring

Society is always changing, and so are ideas. 

One constant, however, is intolerance for different ideas. That intolerance has left its mark, often in blood, on human history. The current iteration of intolerance, though not quite bloody, is “cancel culture.”

Is there a way for the liberty movement to grow and achieve more victories that we've simply overlooked? Love and human respect are what will enable the liberty movement to grow and effect change.
Ethics

Love your enemies: why human respect is the key to victory

When I was in college, my primary motivator for activism was anger. No, that doesn’t even accurately describe my mindset at the time. Fury would probably be the more correct term.

My strategy was simple; I enjoyed demonstrating the absurdity of their positions (can’t you see that all government action is theft and slavery!!!). When they disagreed, I would simply raise my volume and my indignation.

As the need for more indignant activism grew, so did my anger. But anger did more to destroy myself than to defeat my enemies.

Instead, there is a better way. One that enables the liberty movement to grow…

From automated factory assembly lines to helping you cheat on your college term paper, AI is doing things today that were barely imagined only a few short years ago. As such, you might be wondering, “is my job at risk of being taken over by robots?” or "will we all end up unemployed?"
Ethics

AI isn’t going to leave you unemployed

From automated factory assembly lines to helping you cheat on your college term paper, AI is doing things today that were barely imagined only a few short years ago. As such, you might be wondering, “is my job at risk of being taken over by robots?” or “will we all end up unemployed?”

To find out why college is so expensive and why student debt has reached crisis point, we need to dig deep into a maze of factors that ultimately leave the government with a lot to answer for.
Debt

Why is college so expensive?

To find out why college is so expensive and why student debt has reached crisis point, we need to dig deep into a maze of factors that ultimately leave the government with a lot to answer for.

If, like for most people, prices are an important factor in what foods you choose to buy, government subsidies have a significant impact on what ends up on your plate.
Free Markets and Capitalism

How government subsidies encourage bad diets

If, like for most people, prices are an important factor in what foods you choose to buy, government subsidies have a significant impact on what ends up on your plate.

Walk down any aisle, and you’re likely to come across high-fructose corn syrup. This commonly used artificial sweetener owes its prevalence to government handouts to the corn industry. Generous subsidies enable the widespread use of high-fructose corn syrup, contributing to the overconsumption of sugary foods.

In Tbilisi, Georgia, a gathering unlike any other is fast approaching! LibertyCon Europe 2024, Students For Liberty’s flagship annual event in Europe and the continent’s largest pro-liberty gathering, is gearing up to be an unmissable experience for friends of liberty across the region and beyond!
Announcement

Join us at LibertyCon Europe in Tbilisi, Georgia!

In Tbilisi, Georgia, a gathering unlike any other is fast approaching! LibertyCon Europe 2024, Students For Liberty’s flagship annual event in Europe and the continent’s largest pro-liberty gathering, is gearing up to be an unmissable experience for friends of liberty across the region and beyond!

Held in the Georgian capital over three days, from April 19-21, LibertyCon Europe 2024 expects a gathering of over 800 attendees and over 30 pro-liberty organizations.

The Grace Richardson Fund, a private foundation under the visionary leadership of President Rod Richardson, has been a trailblazer for free-market environmentalism
Entrepreneurship

How the Grace Richardson Fund is putting free-market environmentalism into action

The Grace Richardson Fund, a private foundation under the visionary leadership of President Rod Richardson, has been a trailblazer for free-market environmentalism

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and the Russian state — along with many gullible voices in the West — assert that Ukraine is a victim of Western colonialism and expansionism.
Civil Liberties

There is only one colonizer in Ukraine, and it isn’t the West

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and the Russian state — along with many gullible voices in the West — assert that Ukraine is a victim of Western colonialism and expansionism.

Indeed, Putin’s narrative frames Russia’s invasion as a supposed liberation of Ukraine from nefarious external influences.

However, an examination of history reveals a starkly different truth — one deeply rooted in centuries of Russian colonialism and expansionism.

Political violence in the United States has experienced a surge in recent years. Incidents like the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, Antifa rioting, and the infamous Charlottesville rally in 2017 have underscored a concerning trend. The question that looms large is whether this surge is an isolated phenomenon or a harbinger of a darker future for the nation.
Politics & Policy

The rise of political violence: is it only going to get worse?

Political violence in the United States has experienced a surge in recent years. Incidents like the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, Antifa rioting, and the infamous Charlottesville rally in 2017 have underscored a concerning trend.

The question that looms large is whether this surge is an isolated phenomenon or a harbinger of a darker future for the nation.

Section 230, part of the Telecommunications Decency Act of 1996, may sound like just any obscure piece of legislation, but it plays a crucial role in protecting your online freedom.
Censorship

How Section 230 protects your online freedom

Section 230, part of the Telecommunications Decency Act of 1996, may sound like just any obscure piece of legislation, but it plays a crucial role in protecting your online freedom.

When Section 230 became law in 1996, it brought common sense to the table — content creators should be held responsible for their own words, not the platforms playing host.

However, in recent years, there has been significant pushback against Section 230 from figures across the political spectrum.

The example set by the Sen̓áḵw development project in Vancouver shows us what we could have in other places too, if only the state — and the NIMBYs whose interests they serve — would step aside and let solutions to the housing crisis be found.
Entrepreneurship

A new Vancouver development shows what’s possible when housing is deregulated

Sen̓áḵw is a $3-billion, 11-tower real estate development in Vancouver, set to be built on Squamish Nation reserve land. The project, named after the ancestral territory the Squamish people were removed from in 1913, is a sustainable village developed in partnership with Westbank. 

The example set by the Sen̓áḵw development project shows us what we could have in other places too, if only the state — and the NIMBYs whose interests they serve — would step aside and let progress unfold.

The recent surge of national conservatism in the United States has not only highlighted a departure from classical liberal principles but also raised concerns about a fundamental shift away from the values that have long defined American governance. 
Free Trade

The awkward and uncomfortable problem with national conservatism

The recent surge of national conservatism in the United States has not only highlighted a departure from classical liberal principles but also raised concerns about a fundamental shift away from the values that have long defined American governance. 

As the United States finds itself in the throes of increasing political polarization, the idea of a “national divorce” has gained traction, particularly within the liberty movement
Government

Would a “national divorce” lead to more individual liberty?

As the United States finds itself in the throes of increasing political polarization, the idea of a “national divorce” has gained traction, particularly within the liberty movement.

Advocates argue that splitting the nation into independent states could enhance individual liberty, allowing citizens to align with governments that reflect their values.

However, opponents contend that such a move could lead to fragmented anti-liberty measures and weaken the nation’s collective defense of individual rights.

Let’s delve into the key arguments for and against national divorce, exploring whether such a division would truly be conducive to individual liberty.

Today, a hot shower or a cup of coffee brewed in seconds are completely mundane. A journey across continents taking mere hours is, for many, just a normal part of life. Yet, these marvels would have been the envy of even the most affluent in medieval societies, prior to a period we can refer to as the “Great Enrichment.”
Economics

How (true) liberalism made us rich

Today, a hot shower or a cup of coffee brewed in seconds are completely mundane. A journey across continents taking mere hours is, for many, just a normal part of life. Yet, these marvels would have been the envy of even the most affluent in medieval societies, prior to a period we can refer to as the “Great Enrichment.”

In the 14 years since the Genesis Block, the first set of 50 BTCs, was mined in January 2009, Bitcoin’s profile and impact on the global economy has increased exponentially. Hundreds of millions of people around the world have begun to recognize the merits of the truly revolutionary concept of a decentralized peer-to-peer currency.
Cryptocurrency

What makes Bitcoin such a revolutionary concept?

In the 15 years since the Genesis Block, the first set of 50 BTCs, was mined in January 2009, Bitcoin’s profile and impact on the global economy has increased exponentially. Hundreds of millions of people around the world have begun to recognize the merits of the truly revolutionary concept of a decentralized peer-to-peer currency.

While the use of the death penalty by authoritarian regimes is not surprising, what can be said for its use in countries that claim to be free societies?
Criminal Justice

The death penalty has no place in a civilized society

While the use of the death penalty by authoritarian regimes is not surprising, what can be said for its use in countries that claim to be free societies?

A tragic irony lies in the contradiction of a so-called free society embracing a barbaric practice that fundamentally defies the very essence of freedom — the state’s ability to make an irreversible decision on whether an individual should live or die.

The intensifying housing crisis across the United States and worldwide is a pressing concern, particularly for Millennials and Gen Z, who are often priced out of getting their own place for far longer than what has been the norm for previous generations.
Lobbying & Special Interests

Unmasking the true force behind the housing crisis

For the first time since the Great Depression, a majority of young adults in the U.S. aged 18-29 live with their parents. 

The intensifying housing crisis across the United States and worldwide is a pressing concern, particularly for Millennials and Gen Z, who are often priced out of getting their own place for far longer than what has been the norm for previous generations.

Such a crisis inevitably prompts a blame game. But who or what is really to blame?

regulatory barriers, often originating as attempts to ensure consumer protection, have created a system that erodes many of the benefits associated with true free markets — and chief among these benefits is innovation.
Entrepreneurship

Despite regulatory barriers, 3D-printed houses can revolutionize the construction industry

What if we could revolutionize transportation to make it not only faster but also more sustainable? What if we could create educational systems that are not only more accessible but also tailored to individual learning needs?

Or, how about building new homes in a matter of days, at a fraction of the cost?

ICON Technologies is able to do just that — if not for regulatory barriers.

Imagine having to pay and jump through hoops for the government to allow you to work. That’s essentially how occupational licensing works.
Poverty & Inequality

How occupational licensing oppresses the poor

Imagine having to pay and jump through hoops for the government to allow you to work. That’s essentially how occupational licensing works.

Occupational licensing is a system that disproportionately burdens and oppresses the economically disadvantaged, hindering social mobility.

Looking at inequality doesn’t tell us anything substantial about prosperity in a given country.
Economics

To address poverty, we must forget about inequality

Looking at inequality doesn’t tell us anything substantial about prosperity in a given country. Is inequality the real problem, or is it poverty?