The Conversation Fri 10. 19. 2018.

Honduras's Paid Caravan 'Refugees' Exposed As Frauds By Venezuela's Real Refugees
Monica Showalter, American Thinker

Facebook Exhibits ‘War Room’ For Controlling Information Ahead Of Midterm Elections
Lucas Nolan, Breitbart

Could Trump Win 20 Percent of the African-American Vote in 2020?
Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Another Day, Another Democrat Physically Attacks A Republican
Brandon Morse, RedState

Fabricating Hate Crimes Is A Byproduct Of Victimhood Ideology On College Campuses
Jarrett Stepman, The Daily Signal

Repeal Taxes & Tariffs On Medical Devices Before It’s Too Late
Bob Barr, Spectator

The Culture Is Powerful Enough To Fix Our Broken Political System
Scott Rasmussen, Townhall

Senate Panel To Probe Cyber Vulnerabilities To U.S. Supply Chain Amid Reports Of Chinese Hacks
Natalie Johnson, The Washington Free Beacon

Kavanaugh Pal Mark Judge Struggles To Put His Life Back Together After Dem Smear
Megan Fox, PJ Media

Turns Out The Internet Has Something To Say About Teen Vogue Trying To End Capitalism
Zuri Davis, Reason

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  • Unemployment:
    FreeMarket Central BLS: 4.05%
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 21.5%
  • Inflation:
    FreeMarket Central September Year-to-Year: 2.87% (CPI-U*)
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 9.9%

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The Cost of Government 'Safety'

"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government responds by taking rights away from good people."

-- Penn Jillette,


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In Search Of History

4,000 Years Of Price Control

Tablets, said to be 200 years older than the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi ... show that the ancient kingdom of Eshnunna had wage control and price control. The news ought not to have come as a surprise. For the code of Hammurabi itself (unearthed in 1902), which was promulgated earlier than 2000 B.C., fixed prices, wages, interest rates, and fees. This makes price control at least about 4,000 years old. ...


Ironically, it is those who now wish to return to this ancient totalitarian device who are fondest of calling themselves “progressives.” They are also fond of saying that those who believe in economic liberty “are living in the nineteenth century.” These controlists have yet to learn that they themselves are still living, as the discoveries in Babylonia attest, in the nineteenth century—B.C.!

-- Henry Hazlitt,