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Seven Reasons to Make Time to Read

“Books are the training weights of the mind” –Seneca<p>The most useful definition of technology I’ve heard is simply, “the ability to do more with less.”<p>…

Economics

Goodbye to Michael Novak, Friend and Champion of Liberty

What a dear, sweet, brilliant, wonderful man! Michael Novak, born in 1933, died on February 18, 2017, and I miss his presence in the world so much …

Religion

The Great American Streetcar Myth

Among progressives in the planning profession today, the story of the Great American Streetcar Conspiracy is widely known. There are more nuanced …

Equality

Why Voters Make Bad Decisions

Over the past few months, many people have tried to come up with an explanation for the rise of populism and nationalism – the way the rhetoric of …

Economics

Some Lesser-Known Facts, Past and Present

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), now in its 71st year, was founded by Leonard E. Read in 1946 in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. (See …

Fascism Defined and Described by Oswald Mosley

"Fascist" isn't just a slur for anyone you don't like; it refers to a very specific political philosophy and worldview. Understanding it is the first …

"Sherlock": A Study in Ourselves

For the last six and a half years, <i>Sherlock</i><i>’s</i> obsessive fans have been putting up with years between seasons while they wait for just three episodes …

Welfare-Dependent Immigrants Are a Myth

The notion that immigrants come to the United States to access public programs has become something of a popular myth.<p>Low-income immigrants are less …

Charity Is Not How We Solve Poverty

In a famous 1972 article, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” philosopher Peter Singer compared global poverty to a child drowning in a pond:<p>[I]f it …

Make the Bouquet... Or Else!

To see how little is left of one of our most important rights, the freedom of association, look no further than to today’s unanimous decision by the …

Economics

What Children Reveal About Human Nature

One of my pet theories is that children reveal the true nature of man. They have the same emotions as adults; they're just terrible at hiding them. …

Parenting

Do Individuals Have a Right to Do Wrong?

"Even if you don’t have a duty to help any specific person at any specific time, you have a duty to be open to helping people, to make benevolence a …

Philosophy

Your Favorite Products Are about to Cost So Much More

The United States tax code clearly needs reform, but one plan being proposed by House Republicans – border adjustment – will have a significant …

What "Breaking Bad" Can Teach Us About Morality

A moral dilemma from the popular TV show “Breaking Bad” illustrates a critique Amartya Sen made of Robert Nozick’s <i>Anarchy, State, and Utopia</i> and the …

Philosophy

The Eclipse of Liberalism

To the principles and precepts of Liberalism the prodigious material progress of the age was largely due. Freed from the vexatious meddling of …

Authority Is No Substitute for the Genius of Spontaneity

The dangers inherent in the masses' incompetence are not eliminated by transferring the authority to make ultimate decisions to the dictatorship of …

Should We Enforce Benevolence?

According to Adam Smith, you know an act is right when an impartial spectator would sympathize with the emotions motivating your act. Does it follow …

Federal Shortfall Equals $670K Per Household

Newly published data from the U.S. Treasury shows that the federal government has amassed $84.3 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded Social …

This Pot-Entrepreneur Is Fighting Prohibition, and Winning

On a busy DC street corner, on a cold afternoon, a Mercedes-Benz sits parked outside of a storefront window. There are other cars parked on the …

Why the Government Cannot Ban All Immigrants from a Certain Country

Despite the government's latest argument, the law forecloses the idea that the government could be unbiased in visa issuance but not in entry.

My Biggest Post-Trump Fear: A Progressive Revival

Since President Trump took office, this has been the most divisive period in American politics since the end of the World War II. Partisan hysteria …

The Seminar That Changed the Course of My Life

In March 2016 I saw a Facebook ad that changed my life.<p>I was scrolling through Facebook in the car when an ad titled "Economics of Entrepreneurship" …

The Broken Window

Have you ever witnessed the anger of the good shopkeeper, James B., when his careless son happened to break a square of glass? If you have been …

There Is a Name for a State that Consolidates Police Power

Yesterday, President Trump signed three executive orders to focus federal resources on fighting drug cartels, increasing overall public safety, and …

Economics

The FDA Thinks Pop Tarts Are Healthier Than Avocados

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Frosted Flakes cereal and Pop Tarts are healthy foods, but foods containing large amounts of …

Nutrition

When Nazis Were Nazis

Here at the start of the Trump Era, in the wake of the Women’s March on Washington, and just before the start of Hulu’s television adaptation of …

Haircuts for the Homeless: The Latest Public Menace

There is something especially immoral about a government that punishes a person for giving back to their community. Unfortunately, this cruel trend …

Economics

Why the Rule of Law Matters, Especially Now

When the Judiciary operates outside of the constitution, it weakens its position as a check on the other two branches.

Foreign Policy

Facebook Got My Mattress off the Floor

One of the perks of being young is that you can sleep with your mattress on the floor without waking up sore in the morning and without struggling …

Economics