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Government and Many Americans Get an “F” in Economic Literacy

Greetings Earthlings! I know I am not the only one who finds reality sometimes bordering on being more unbelievable than science-fiction at this point. Every time I watch the news or poke around on social media I understand a little better why some people have simply chosen to bury their heads and adopt an “ignorance is bliss” attitude toward politics and current events. That could never be me—but I sure do see how people can get to that point. Inspired by articles I’ve seen circulating about the “grade” that states and communities are being given based on how well they are obeying stay-at-home orders (let’s not even talk about how they collect the data to give those grades) I decided to create my own grading system and am confident in my decision to award the U.S government and many Americans a solid “F” in economic literacy. One of the most

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Are All Laws Inherently Violent?

It’s the weekend! Wait… are weekends still a thing? So I’ve been watching with interest the situation in Texas involving jailed (and subsequently released) salon owner, Shelley Luther. I know most of the country has been watching. I’ve seen some people hail her as a hero, and others decry her as everything from an example of privilege to a danger to the health of others. I see her mostly as a person who was trying to take care of her family and her employees, and the rest of it is mostly media spin that people relate to depending on their personal biases. I’m probably never going to be a person that faults someone for wanting to keep their business from crashing, or from having to rely on the government to support them. But I didn’t sit down to write today about Shelley Luther and her fight. Her case has, for

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Is This the Great Homeschool Awakening?

A couple of weeks ago, I came across an awesome tweet that I tucked away so that I’d remember to write about it when I had a moment. It summarized this recent national survey which found that 52% of parents in the age of COVID-19 have developed a more favorable view of homeschool. RED ALERT! (If you’re establishment, that is…) Now, I know a lot of you are getting ready to hit “reply” to remind me that what formerly public school families are experiencing right now is not homeschool. I agree. Which actually makes this survey even more encouraging! When you homeschool your children (did you know that nearly two million American children are homeschooled?! Pre-COVID-19, that is…) you are typically responsible for choosing what curriculum—if any—you are going to use. You decide the best setting in which to “do school”—at the beach, at the lake, in a homeschool room

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The Tuttle Twins Guide to Current Events

Happy Friday! The other day I got an email from a YouTuber named Karen Rodriguez whose page, “Our House,” had just put out a great video about how the messages in our books correlate to current events. I’d encourage you to go over and take a look at it when you get a moment—she did a great job! Karen chose to focus on The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom and how the lessons of central planning, unintended (and intended) consequences, and individualism vs. collectivism affect people’s daily lives and relate to what we are seeing play out on the world stage right now. I’ve already talked a lot about how The Tuttle Twins and the Messed Up Market applies to current events—what with bailouts and stimulus, and the failure of so many people to recognize that individual human action is what creates an economy—but after watching Karen’s video,

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The Myth of Non-Essential Jobs and Activities

The other day I saw a post on Instagram where a woman listed out COVID-19 era terms that she and her family were choosing not to use. As has always been the case in “unprecedented” times, a new vocabulary often emerges—heavily influenced by news pundits, government agencies, and social media. After 9/11,  words and phrases entered into our everyday that many of us had never before spoken or written. Jihad, war on terror, sleeper cell, ground zero, Taliban, Patriot Act… the list is long and memorable. So of course with a worldwide pandemic and massive shutdowns of life across the world, we are going to see new words and phrases rise to common use. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about why it’s important to be careful what we accept as a “new normal” (a phrase which saw an uptick in use after 9/11 as well) because of the

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Why Less Government, Not More, is the Key to Recovery

Greetings from another day of lockdown! Is your state beginning to open up or make plans for opening? I read an article last night that I thought I’d mention. It’s about deregulation in the face of COVID-19 and why governments are being forced to admit that their heavy-handed policies cause harm. Most of us already know this is true. I’ve written books about it. F.A. Hayek wrote books about it. Murray Rothbard wrote books about it. Concerned economists and freedom-lovers have been writing and talking about it ‘til they are blue in the face for centuries. And yet here we are again—in mid-2020, still talking about it. Sometimes, there are events or times in human history where concerned citizens awake to a common realization and vow to never let “that” happen again. My hope is that we could be entering just such a time. I’m encouraged when I see people

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