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I was reading an article about Halloween costumes for pets.  It said, "These pets [shown in the photos] like wearing costumes, but yours may not.  Never force your pet to do something it does not want to do."  Does that advice apply equally to humans, or just to animals?

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Here is what happens when government and trade unions force distortions on the free market.

"The Economics of Gun Prohibition"

Prohibition is a failure, whether it targets drugs or guns.

There Is No Debt Ceiling Until Feb. 7

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Where Do Rights Come From?

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In this campaignforliberty video, Author Tom Woods summarizes Hoppe's argumentation ethics.

Reuters: "Washington becomes the biggest risk to the U.S. economy"

A Reuters article asserts that economists and business executives now view the US government as the biggest risk to the US economy. I'd say this understanding is about a hundred years too late, considering what the year 1913 brought us, but better late than never.

IMF Lays the Groundwork for Global Wealth Confiscation

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How Government is Destroying the Medical Profession

Dr. Jeffrey Singer details, in this ReasonTV video, how the State is crushing professional medicine.

Finally, A News Organization That's Not a Government Agency Pretending to Be One?

This is great news that Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras are joining forces with multimillionaire Pierre Omidyar to resurrect journalism with their new venture. I wonder if the various PR arms of the government -- like the Washington Post and New York Times -- will have to compete for eyes in the future. Or will they be driven offshore as GovCo increases its lockdown on information? Is the market working in spite of having its legs broken?
 

Half-Million Iraqis Died in the War, New Study Says

Before the (second) war in Iraq began in 2003, the Pentagon estimated it would cost about $50 billion and, as far as expected casualties went, it didn't seem there would be very many. Heck, the locals would welcome us with open arms and after we eliminated Saddam and his scary Weapons of Mass Destruction, everyone would be free and happy.
 
Well, not so much. As far as money goes, the bill grew to several trillion dollars, counting long-term care for wounded vets, replacement of destroyed weapons and other gear, and other on-going costs. But the biggest cost is in human lives, and the 4,804 US and other coalition casualties is the least of this: roughly half a million Iraqis died from violence and other effects of the war between 2003 and 2011, according to a survey published in PLOS Medicine and featured in a National Geographic article yesterday.
 
 

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