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Trump Humor

Donald Trump should be an easy target for political humorists, but I’ve mostly been disappointed in the quality of the anti-Trump satire. That may be because comedians think he’s a raging conservative, so their jokes based on that theme strike someone like me (who fears Trump is a big-government populist) as senseless. After all, clever […]

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Libertarian Humor: Everything You Need to Know about Statism in One Image

When trying to educate people about the superiority of free enterprise over statism, I generally show them long-run data comparing market-oriented jurisdictions with those that have state-driven economies. Here are some of my favorite examples. North Korea vs. South Korea Cuba vs. Chile Ukraine vs. Poland Hong Kong vs. Argentina Singapore vs. Jamaica It’s my […]

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A Secret Glimpse at Life Inside a Bureaucracy

More than two years ago, I shared a couple of humorous images showing the languorous lifestyle of lazy bureaucrats. While those images were amusing, they didn’t really capture the true nature of bureaucracy. For a more accurate look at life inside Leviathan, here’s a video showing an unfortunate woman trying to get a permit from […]

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Libertarian Christmas vs Socialist Christmas

Back in 2014, I looked at the vitally important battle over whether Santa Claus is a liberal or conservative. Let’s now broaden that debate and contemplate the difference between libertarian Christmas and socialist Christmas. We’ll start with this much-deserved jab at socialists, the people who continue to believe in coerced equality even though such systems […]

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The New York Times (Accidentally) Debunks the Never-Ending Fairy Tale of Gun Control

When I write about gun control, I generally make two arguments. First, criminals are lawbreakers, so the notion that they will be disarmed because of gun control is a fantasy. Crooks and thugs who really want a gun will always have access to black-market weapons. Second, to the extent that good people obey bad gun-control […]

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Thanksgiving, Redistributionism, and Libertarianism

What’s the fundamental problem with redistributionist economic policy? As a libertarian, I would answer with a philosophical argument against coercion. I think it is immoral for vote-seeking politicians, using the threat of imprisonment, to rob Peter to subsidize Paul. But as an economist, the problem is incentives. Simply stated, redistribution from Peter to Paul undermines […]

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Secession, Federalism, and National Comity (Plus more Intentional and Unintentional Election-Related Humor)

The concept of secession (part of a jurisdiction breaking away to become independent) has a bad reputation in the United States because it is linked to the reprehensible institution of slavery. But, as Walter Williams has explained, secession today may be an effective way of protecting liberty from ever-expanding centralized government. And I’ve favorably written […]

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Tax Rates and Mobility of Superstar Inventors (along with more Election-Related Humor)

Back in 2010, I shared a cartoon video making a very important point that there’s a big downside when class-warfare politicians abuse and mistreat highly productive taxpayers. Simply stated, the geese with the golden eggs may fly away. And this isn’t just theory. As revealed by IRS data, taxpayer will move across borders to escape […]

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Final Election Predictions, Last-Minute Political Humor, and a Silver Lining to the Dark Cloud of 2016

The bad news is that America is about to elect a statist president. But will we get Hillary’s corruption or Donald’s buffoonery? According to RealClearPolitics, Hillary Clinton will prevail, albeit by a very narrow margin, with 272 electoral votes. They have a very close race because Trump is projected to prevail in the swing states […]

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Crying (but also Laughing) about Clinton and Trump

One interesting feature of this election is that many voters, grappling with the unpalatable choice of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are dealing with the feelings of dismay and despair that libertarians experience almost every election. All I can say is, “welcome to my world.” Though I admit our experiences aren’t the same. Ordinary voters […]

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The Clump Version of Political Humor

I’m somewhat chagrined that my collection of libertarian-oriented humor contains more jokes created by statists to make fun of libertarians rather than the other way around. Since everyone should have the ability to laugh at themselves, I certainly don’t mind sharing clever humor mocking libertarians (such as the how-the-world-sees-libertarians collage). That being said, I would […]

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Some Bipartisan Humor to Survive the Clinton-Trump (Clump) Debate

Since I’ve put forth plenty of bipartisan criticism of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (a.k.a., Tweedledee and Tweedledum), it’s time lighten the mood with some bipartisan humor about the two major party candidates. Glenn McCoy has an amusing (in a sad way) cartoon about Donald Trump’s assertion that he’s in great health. And here’s a […]

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Trevor Noah Does a Facepalm by Accidentally Debunking the Obama-Clinton Mantra on Gun Control

I like when leftists accidentally make the case for limited government. The IMF, for instance, accidentally put together some solid evidence showing that a value-added tax is a money machine for bigger government. A story in the New York Times, meanwhile, accidentally showed that politicians will hike taxes if they’re not constrained by tax competition. […]

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More Items for the Libertarian Humor Collection

I have an entire page dedicated to libertarian-related humor. Unfortunately, the majority of my collection makes fun of libertarians. So I’m always on the lookout for new items that will even up the balance. And here’s something clever, at least for people who are familiar with both Gary Johnson’s failure to know the supposed significance […]

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Gun Control Lessons for Morons

While I’m depressed about the election and America’s economic future, the news isn’t completely grim. Advocates of personal freedom are winning on the issue of guns. Gun ownership has become more pervasive and legal protections for the Second Amendment have expanded, all of which is very good news for those of us who want a […]

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Amusing Anti-Libertarian Humor

The presidential contest between Clinton and Trump (can we shorten that to “Clump”?) is so depressing that it’s time to distract ourselves with some libertarian humor. And I’m even willing so share such humor when libertarians are the target of mockery. Cartoons on libertarian ice fishing and libertarian lifeguards. A mosaic showing 24 types of libertarians. A poster showing […]

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Fighting Terrorism: Europe vs. Texas

There are no simple answers to Islamist terrorism, particularly when individual nutjobs are determined to kill a  bunch of innocent people. But I know that some answers to the problem are wrong. So when politicians like Hillary Clinton say we should have more gun control, I side with police chiefs who recognize that an armed […]

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Brexit Laughs for the European Humor Collection

I realize that there are important issues to analyze, but it’s utterly depressing to focus on Trump’s protectionist agenda or Hillary’s redistribution agenda. So let’s escape the dismal reality of American politics and enjoy some laughs about Britain’s glorious decision to escape the sinking ship of the European Union. We’ll start with a parody video […]

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More Libertarian Humor

It’s difficult to be a libertarian. Politicians and bureaucrats do so many foolish things that you can spending your entire day being outraged. But that’s probably not healthy, so it’s good to keep things in perspective with some political humor. Even if libertarians are the ones being mocked, and that’s the case for my most-viewed […]

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Playboy’s Amusing – and Accurate – Assessment of Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians

I will always have fond feelings for Playboy, though not for the stereotypical reason. My appreciation for the magazine is largely based on the fact that I got a very nice honorarium from the German version back in the 1990s for writing an assessment of Bill Clinton’s likely approach to economic policy (confession: he turned […]

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