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The Oldest Rhetorical Trick in the Book

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Economics

Breaking! Government Train Project Late and Over-Budget

When politicians create programs and announce projects, they routinely lie about the real costs. Their primary goal is to get initial approval for …

Economics

Can Safety Regulations Make Us Less Safe?

Suppose you want to reduce deaths in automobile accidents. Should you make cars safer? Seems like a no-brainer, right? But consider: suppose instead …

Economics

Why Do So Many Fear Business More than Government?

I recently had a delightful discussion with a friend who is a physician—we’ll call her Kortney—about the Affordable Care Act.<p>In her words, she trusts …

Economics

Oxfam is Wrong About How to Alleviate Poverty

As it’s Davos time, Oxfam has issued its traditional demand for a handout. Their wealth report this year informs us that a mere eight people have …

Justice

Okay Cupid, Why Aren't Millennials Getting Married?

Why aren’t Millennials getting married? Despite the popularity of dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, and OKCupid, Millennials are not pairing off.<p>Only …

Millennials

The War on Cash Threatens Freedom More than Crime

The anti-cash crusaders want to eradicate underground activity. But often freedom's last refuge is underground.

Economics

Which State is the Biggest Moocher of Them All?

Which state gets the biggest share of its budget from the federal government?<p>Is it California, the left’s bizarre alternative universe?<br>• Is it …

Taxes

The EU's Customs Union Is Not Unifying

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Economics

Why Millenials Are Poorer Than Their Parents

If there’s one generation that has become the scapegoat for the nation’s problems, it’s the millennials.<p>They don’t get married and start families. …

Millennials

Thomas Jefferson Warned Us about Social Security

Many have tried, but few have been as effective as Thomas Jefferson at criticizing Social Security. In a 1798 letter, Jefferson, who died more than a …

Social Security

The Soda Police Learn a Valuable Lesson about Taxes

I don’t like tax increases, but I like having additional evidence that higher tax rates change behavior. So when my leftist friends “win” by imposing …

Taxes

A US-Loving Englishman's Plea: Learn How to Serve a Proper Cup of Tea

To the airlines, restaurants, and good people of my beautiful adoptive home of America:<p>The ink has dried on my first American passport. As of April, …

Beverages

A Horrific Crime Runs Rampant in Cambodia. Is Foreign Aid to Blame?

A report by the US Department of State estimates that between 30 to 40 percent of the Cambodian government budget comes through foreign aid. …

Cambodia

Labor Flexibility Beats Unemployment: A Closer Look at the Labor Market in Denmark

Despite Bernie Sanders’ efforts to identify Denmark with some sort of democratic socialist utopia where a highly interventionist government regulates …

Employment Law

MLK's Philosophy was Rooted in the Natural Law Tradition

It's typical of the progressive cast of our culture to focus on the forward-looking at the expense of the traditional—or if you prefer, to miss the …

Economics

Chicken Tax Makes Trucks Expensive and Unavailable

The other day my daughter, who is moving to Canada, and I were car-hunting at a Volkswagen dealership. During our conversation with a salesman, he …

Economics

How David Ricardo Became Wealthy and Wise

David Ricardo (1772-1823) was one of the most influential economic theorists of the first half of the nineteenth century. Born in London, England, …

Economics

My Lyft Ride with a Black Trump Supporter on MLK Day

The media narrative on American politics has become so tedious you don’t have to listen anymore. Every story seems to follow a formula, and never …

Racism

Obama's Legacy is Dismal but Forgettable

President Obama gave his farewell speech last night, orating for more than 50 minutes.<p>As noted by the <i>Washington Examiner</i>, his remarks were “longer …

Economics

The Egalitarian Left is Getting More Extreme

Since I can’t even keep track of schools of thought on the right (libertarians, traditional conservatives, neocons, reform conservatives, …

Guaranteed Minimum Income

The Robots Are Rising out of Economic Necessity

Entrepreneurs create value, innovate, and satisfy consumer demands. They change the world by discovering opportunities to serve a need in society.

Economics

"Little Free Pantries" Are the Latest Innovation in Private Charity

By now, we’ve all heard of the little free libraries proliferating across America. In all likelihood, one has even popped up in your own …

Economics

Try Again, Without the Acceleration: Mahler and His World

There are several passages in Gustav Mahler’s first symphony that are surprisingly dramatic but extremely difficult to perform. They occur right at …

Economics

Local Currency is Like a Car That Can't Leave Town

How’s this for a great idea: we build a small fleet of cars, and market them to people in the local community. How do we compete with Ford, G.M., …

Economics

Disability Assistance Programs Disincentivize the Working Poor

A recent blog post by the Hamilton Project describes the poor population (as defined by the official definition of poverty, which does not include …

Poverty

When Vast Wealth Couldn't Trump Homeowner Rights

Look, it’s 5:30 in the morning for me. After waking up at 4 am for some unknown reason I am juiced up on the holy bean nectar and feeling a bit …

Economics

The Beautiful Ideals of “Hidden Figures”

"Hidden Figures,” a historical drama about the science and personalities behind John Glenn’s 1962 orbit around the earth, is a film about the …

Economics

How Eye Doctors Are Robbing Us Blind

Recently, there has been a lot of talk in libertarian and conservative circles about eminent domain abuse, civil asset forfeiture, and the freedom of …

Health