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The Week in Review: November 12, 2016
Obamacare premiums are exploding, just as mises.org has long predicted. Another disastrous example of politicians discarding basic common sense in passing through legislation to address aproblem they themselves have created. Unfortunately there is little hope of politicians learning from their mistakes, as they continue to push through bill, after bill, after bill that expands their influence at the expense of the market and human freedom. No wonder public faith in elections are collapsing as the reach of the state grows larger. Hopefully this growing distrust can spur a libertarian populist awakening, leading to the spread of the ideas that make civilization prosperous.
The Mises Institute will further discuss the collapsing public trust in politics next weekend during our Dallas-Ft. Worth, Mises Circle. You can join Jeff Deist, Lew Rockwell, Robert Murphy and our other great speakers in person, or follow the event live
It happened. The establishment intelligentsia was wrong. With the support of 26 percent of eligible voters, Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States.
So what comes next? Who knows! The problems inherit with politics still remain, the economy is full of warning signs, andthere’s nothing government can do to make America great again besides getting out of the way. Will Trump deliver American a new foreign policy? Will his policies enrich the pockets of “fly over” voters that got him into office? Will he ditch his calls for protectionism for genuine free trade? We’ll see.
But at least he has the left embracing secession.
On Mises Weekends, Jeff is joined by Allen Mendenhall of theBlackstone & Burke Center for Law and Liberty to go over the aftermath of Donald Trump's surprising victory in this week's presidential election. Jeff and Allen discuss questions such as: Will Trump's election genuinely transform American politics? Why aren't progressives cheering the Republican Party being led by a cosmopolitan New York City protectionist? And should libertarians celebrate the defeat of the Bush and Clinton political dynasties? Plus Allen gives his analysis of Trump's proposed Supreme Court justices, and whether the importance of the Supreme Court is overstated by conservatives and libertarians.
And in case you missed any of them, here are the articles featured this week on the Mises Wire:
- Why Some "Flyover States" Switched to Trump by RyanMcMaken
- The Looming Bubble in Long-Term Debt by Mark Tiberius
- The Left Embraces Secession With CalExit by Tho Bishop
- 26 Percent of Eligible Voters Voted for Trump by RyanMcMaken
- The Government Won't Make America Great Again by Gary Galles
- The Intelligentsia Takes a Hit by Peter G. Klein
- 63 Million Americans Now Live in States with Legal Recreational Marijuana by Ryan McMaken
- The Myth of One Person, One Vote by Jonathan Newman
- The Trouble With Politics by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
- Every Vote Will Not Be Counted by Ryan McMaken
- Regardless of How America Votes, Americans Want a Different Foreign Policy by Ron Paul
- Mises Would Not Support Trump by Matthew McCaffrey
- "The Will of the People" Is a Myth by Ryan McMaken
- 3 Problems with Protectionism by Phillip Parrish
- The Democracy of the Marketplace by William H. Peterson
- We Need More Stuff — Not More Jobs by Robert A.McKeown
And if you weren't able to view our Mises Circle last Saturday on The End of Politics, our talks are available online:
- Is It Smart to Vote Immorally? by Robert P. Murphy
- The 2016 Election's Silver Lining by Jeff Deist (TEXT)
- Democracy Means Whatever You Want It to Mean by Ryan McMaken
- Young Americans: Progressive, Libertarian, or Apolitical?with Robert P. Murphy, Ziad Burkett, Ryan Griggs, Marta Hidalgo and Brittany Hunter