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Winton Bates
Writer and researcher at Freedom and Flourishing
Writer and researcher at Freedom and Flourishing

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Is the cycle of political complacency beginning to turn in the United States?
The villain in Tyler Cowen’s latest book, The Complacent Class : The self-defeating
quest for the American Dream, is “us”. Tyler is writing about America, but
much of what he has written is relevant to other high-income countries. The
problem, as Tyler sees...

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Should trade policy be about "the art of the deal" or about facilitating economic growth?
"We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.  Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength" - Donald Trump, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 2017  How should the A...

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Is a fixed mindset more realistic than a growth mindset?
Before I got far into Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset, I was confronted by the thought that the author might classify me as having a fixed mindset rather than
a growth mindset. Dr Dweck is an eminent psychologist who has conducted a great
deal of research on mi...

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Does Henry George have the answer to funding basic income?
The idea of a government-funded basic income or social
dividend has been around for at least a couple of centuries. It has been
supported by some prominent advocates of individual liberty as well as by
collectivists. For example, it was proposed as an alter...

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Does your constitution mandate free trade?
The Constitution
of Australia, like that of the United States, mandates free trade – up to a
point! Both constitutions mandate free trade between the states, and leave federal
governments free to impose barriers to international trade to the extent that the...

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What is the most important thing you have learned in your life?
As I begin to answer this question I am wondering whether it
was such a good idea after all. I still have many things to learn and,
hopefully, I have a few more years left to learn them. I can claim to have been
only moderately successful, so the wisdom I c...

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What policies will be pursued by the author of "The Art of the Deal"?
After reading Trump:The Art of the Deal it seems to me that the best way to start thinking about how to answer this question is to ask yourself what Mr Trump could do to further promote his own reputation as a political leader. His policy choices are likely...

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Our New South Wales Christmas bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum). The colour you see is from sepals rather than petals. It flowers in spring, but the flowers are white and insignificant. The red sepals appear reliably around Christmas each year, and many people cut bunches for Christmas decorations.

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Is our "real" constitution pro-liberty?
My main reason for reading Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America, by Lee
Ward, was to understand how the English Whigs could oppose the American colonists’
quest for independence. Ward explains why they did not have any problem reconcilin...

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Did the framers of the U.S. Constitution intend it to protect liberty?
A week ago my answer would have been along the lines that while I could not claim much expertise in American history I had the impression that the
natural right to liberty had been recognised in both the US Declaration of
Independence and the US Constitutio...
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