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Volume 26, Issue 41: October 4, 2023

David T. Beito (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
In August, over a local dispute, police raided the Marion County Record, a small, family-owned weekly newspaper in Marion, Kansas (population 1,922). In 1940 FDR had his Justice Department raid the Boise Valley Herald, Middleton, Idaho, (population 477) for its anti–New Deal stance. Lesson? Regardless of the issue, we trust government at our peril. READ MORE »

Lawrence J. McQuillan (The Beacon)
Sacrificing neighborhoods to the anti-social behaviors of street homelessness is unfair and destroys civil society. A solution? Shelter tents (as a first step toward transformational “campuses”). Done correctly, these would immediately help persons experiencing homelessness and help communities recover—and for a lot less money than we currently spend. READ MORE »

Phillip W. Magness (AIER)
The academic history profession has a problem with intellectual integrity. Over the past decade, a cottage industry emerged that explicitly aims to tear down free-market economists by accusing them of racism, fascism, and similarly discredited beliefs. Problem is, progressive historians must mangle the historical record to reach their conclusions. READ MORE »

In All Fairness
Equality, Liberty, and the Quest for Human Dignity
Edited by Robert M. Whaples, Michael C. Munger, Christopher J. Coyne

Lloyd Billingsley (American Spectator)
Without a confirmation vote by the U.S. Senate, says the GAO, acting Labor Secretary Julie Su can remain in her post atop the Labor Department. That’s bad precedent. It’s also a dubious appointment. Just for starters, on Su’s watch, California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) sent out more than $31 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims—including $140 million to 20,000 prisoners. READ MORE »

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