FEE

By The Foundation for Economic Education | Supporting the economic, legal, and ethical principles of a free society.

What Is the Best Age at Which to Learn Economics?

Exchange is part of life, even from the youngest age. At first, little kids fight over stuff and their parents have to settle it. But as they get …

Education

It's Time to Reform Lavish Military Pensions

Military spending is out of control, and if you pay attention to these issues, then that’s not news to you. But do you realize that the Department of …

Economics

Build a Sandcastle, Get Fined $500, and Maybe Go to Jail

Next time you take your kids to the beach, you might want to check your local city ordinances before building that sandcastle.

Economics

The Purpose of Manufacturing Isn't to Create Jobs

Funny thing about American manufacturing: The good news about what’s happening at American factories often sounds like bad news to politicians.<p>Growth …

Economics

The Arts Will Survive without Your Taxes

How are the arts, humanities, and public television similar?<p>They're all publicly funded, and Trump wants to cut federal spending on all of …

Economics

The Marvelous Cloud-Mind That is the Market

It is possible to go through an entire education to Ph.D. level in the very best schools and universities in the British system without any of your …

Economics

Can We Finally Admit that Trump Is No Dove?

While most libertarians were horrified by the election of Donald Trump, there was a line of thinking among some of them that compromise with the …

Foreign Policy

Want Liberty? Build Your Own Floating Free City

Journalist and novelist, Joe Quirk, co-author of <i>Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and</i> …

Economics

This Beautiful Woman Has Lived the Best Life

When you bump into a story that warms your heart, brings a smile to your face, and helps you see the beauty in human life, you just have to share it. …

Economics

There's Nothing Special about International Trade

In his excellent 2015 book, <i>The Libertarian Mind</i>, David Boaz makes the following excellent point about international trade.<p><i>One of the important</i> …

Globalization

Does National Defense Require the State?

Gordon Tullock used to taunt anarchists by asserting that if the USA abolished its government, people would not have to worry about the Russians …

Economics

When Populists Favored Free Trade

The Oxford dictionary defines populism as support for the concerns of ordinary people.<p>Is it right to tax all of the people for the benefit of a …

Equality

Why Free Immigration Is the Moderate, Common-Sense Position

There are many complaints about governments, but the harshest is, "This government grossly violates human rights." The background assumption is that …

Human Rights

Government Needs a Blockchain, and a Hard Fork

Health care, taxes, education, foreign policy – everything needs to be reformed, and fast. The situation with Congress, however, is impossible. Every …

Bitcoin

Our Political Religion Demands Scapegoats

In order for an ancient tribe to successfully eat or purge a scapegoat, the community first had to scandalize their target with a lying accusation – …

Economics

Argentina Already Tried Trumponomics

Try to think of a country that elected a populist president: someone who wanted to boost manufacturing jobs, insists that domestically-sold products …

Economics

Retirement Is Nobody’s Business but Your Own

As someone who works around a lot of economists in Washington, DC, I am privy to a lot of big talk about the problem of retirement policy. The …

Retirement

Your Company's Culture Depends on Your Behavior

Some lessons creep up on you gradually; others hit you over the head like an anvil.<p>At the outset of 2008, VMware was flying high. We were a Silicon …

Leadership

3 Common Immigration Myths Debunked

In this past election, Trump’s supporters embraced his calls for increasing immigration restrictions in a country that already has restrictive …

Immigration

Julie Andrews Teaching Theater on Netflix Invalidates Your Argument for Federal Arts Funding

My inner child was glued to the screen. Was I really witnessing Mary Poppins herself teach five adorable kids about performing arts?<p>It’s true! It …

Economics

Why Even Wealthy Countries Benefit from International Trade

Next month is the 200th anniversary of the publication of David Ricardo's “On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation,” the second great …

Economics

The Shotgun Marriages Forced on Breweries

Relationships should be built upon voluntary choice, promoting mutual respect and mutually beneficial outcomes. In these unions, both parties are …

Economics

Meals on Wheels: Anatomy of a Fake Budget Cut

The annual budget for our bloated and sclerotic federal government consumes about $4 trillion of America’s economic output, yet President Trump so …

Government

The Westminster Attack: Savagery Versus Civilization

Last Wednesday afternoon, a malicious savage got behind the wheel of a car and plowed through a crowd of strolling civilians on London’s Westminster …

Economics

Why Iceland Doesn't Have an Alt-Right Problem

With the recent rise to prominence of right-wing populist parties across Europe, it’s refreshing that Iceland has remained largely immune to such …

Democracy

5 Tips for the Young and Unemployed

Most of the career advice young people receive today is staggeringly bad. We’re told to take out large amounts of student debt (an average of 35k) to …

4 Ways to Know If An Opportunity Is Worth Your Time

Sometimes life is just a bunch of decisions being thrown your way. We’ve all been presented with opportunities we weren’t sure if we should take. It …

Economics

Mr. Washington Goes to Mordor

On an estate in Northern Virginia, there lived a hobbit.<p>He lived in the countryside and liked to keep to himself. He was slow to make speeches or …

American History

Knowledge Is as Valuable as Physical Capital

Without capital, you cannot have a complex economy with advanced technology, rising wages, and many stages of production. However, another ingredient …

Economics