Six Graphs Showing Just How Much the Government Has Grown

Six Graphs Showing Just How Much the Government Has Grown By Ryan McMaken Federal spending and federal taxation in the United States set new records in 2019. And the federal budget deficit swelled to more than a trillion dollars. Europe is in the middle of an enormous spending binge. But apparently hard-core laissez-faire libertarian purists have taken over the world’s governments. At least, that’s the case in the minds of many leftists and conservatives who have convinced themselves that “market fundamentalists” have conquered the world’s institutions, and have enacted a…

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City Shuts Downs Preschoolers’ Farm Stand Citing Zoning Violations

City Shuts Downs Preschoolers’ Farm Stand Citing Zoning Violations By Kerry McDonald It’s like something out of The Onion: city manager shuts down preschool farm stand out of fear that, if allowed, “we could end up with one on every corner.” Farm Stand Shut Down Alas, this is not satire. It’s the current predicament facing the Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. In an area where access to fresh fruits and vegetables can be limited, this preschool has stepped up to prioritize growing and…

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18 Facts on the US National Debt That Are Almost Too Hard to Believe

18 Facts on the US National Debt That Are Almost Too Hard to Believe By Mitchell Nemeth At around $22.5 trillion, the United States national debt sits at 106 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). There is no disputing that this gigantic debt will someday become due and payable. However, there is hesitation among the political class as to what must be done to pay down and eliminate this debt. Continual Spending Increases Progressive lawmakers have largely refrained from discussing this liability, preferring to claim that the United States can…

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9/11: Fear is the Foundation of Most Governments

9/11: Fear is the Foundation of Most Governments By Michael Boldin James Madison warned us: “Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger real or pretended from abroad.” 18 years ago today, the terrorist attacks of September 11th. No one should be surprised that power hungry government people have been using this event as an excuse to keep expanding their own power ever since. We were warned this would happen. Path to Liberty: September 11, 2019 …

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US Gov’t Spends 10 Times More on Foster Care and Adoption Than Reuniting Families

US Gov’t Spends 10 Times More on Foster Care and Adoption Than Reuniting Families By Emma Fiala Whether experienced in the foster care system or not, most Americans have at least some idea that the system is flawed and, at times, more harmful than helpful. But just how bad is it, really? As it turns out, according to talkpoverty.org, it’s worse than we thought. The situation is so bad that some find it simply unbelievable and chalk up the idea that government provides an incentive for foster care placements and…

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Poll: 70% of Americans “Angry” at Political System for Only Serving Insiders With Money and Power

Poll: 70% of Americans “Angry” at Political System for Only Serving Insiders With Money and Power By Matt Agorist “A deep and boiling anger” is the sentiment behind a recent poll conducted this month, showing just how utterly pissed off Americans are with their government. Despite Americans being pitted against each other with divisive partisan tactics rammed down their throats on a daily basis by the political establishment and the media, this recent poll shows they agree on one thing—the government serves the connected elite and no one else. This…

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The Gov’t Gave Her Son a Sex Change Without Parental Consent, And Other Weekly News from The Twilight Zone

The Gov’t Gave Her Son a Sex Change Without Parental Consent, And Other Weekly News from The Twilight Zone By Simon Black, Sovereign Man Welcome to our Friday roll up, where we highlight the most interesting, absurd, and concerning stories we are following this week. Can’t sue cop for breaking domestic violence victim’s bones It all started when a boyfriend playfully tried to push his girlfriend into the pool. Most people would see that as harmless horsing around. But one lady saw domestic violence. So she called the police. Police…

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“Do Something” Is a Dangerous Demand to Make of Politicians

“Do Something” Is a Dangerous Demand to Make of Politicians By Jeffrey A. Tucker Do Something, goes the suddenly popular chant. In response to the wave of mass killings this year, it’s being shouted at any available political figure. Be careful what you ask for. It’s hard to imagine anything good can come of this slogan. To demand the state do something, anything, is short sighted and even dangerous. A politician is always willing to do something. Do the right thing is another matter entirely. Let me say, however, that…

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The Grass Gestapo Is Out of Control: 30K in Fines and Potential Foreclosure for a Too-Long Lawn

The Grass Gestapo Is Out of Control: 30K in Fines and Potential Foreclosure for a Too-Long Lawn By Dagny Taggart A few weeks ago, I noticed a woman standing in my neighbor’s yard doing something I thought was pretty damn strange: she was measuring blades of grass with a tape measure. Then I noticed the city truck parked on the street. Turns out, the woman was with codes compliance or whatever they call it…apparently, her job is to drive around looking for reasons to harass and extort people for things…

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On Criticising Private Businesses and the State

On Criticising Private Businesses and the State By Stefan Kløvning A common mischaracterization of the libertarian position is that it is either indifferent to or supportive of all kinds of unethical activities conducted by businesses and individuals in the private sphere. Although this appears to be more of an attempt to stigmatize libertarianism than to carefully assess it, it’s true that its proponents exert far more of their energy to protest State activity than anything going on in the private sphere. I’ve elaborated in detail in previous articles why I…

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