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October 3, 2023  •  Weekly Newsletter
Raid on Small-Town Paper Recalls FDR’s Harassment

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 »

The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights

The Untold Story of FDR’s Concentration Camps, Censorship, and Mass Surveillance

By David T. Beito

California Needs an Alternative to “Housing First”

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 »

Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope

Academic Lies about Free-Market Economists

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 et al.

Biden Bypasses Senate Confirmation in Labor’s Julie Su

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 »

Beyond Politics

The Roots of Government Failure (Revised and Updated Edition)

By Randy Simmons

The Latest from The Beacon

Why the Casual Attitude Toward Inflation?

Randall G. Holcombe

U.S. Government on Verge of Losing Last AAA Credit Score

Craig Eyermann

What Would Help Homelessness? Humility at City Hall Would Be a Good Start

Mary L. G. Theroux

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