Foundation for Economic Education

The Maraschino Cherry Syndrome

My wife and I were eagerly consuming a hot fudge sundae on a blazingly hot July day, when suddenly, upon uncovering two maraschino cherries, I was …

Psychology

A Parallel Universe of Clinical Trials

A recent clinical trial of a herpes simplex virus vaccine allegedly violated fundamental scientific, regulatory, and ethical safeguards. This case …

Medicine

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After three days of peace, love, and monetary policy, the event will be capped by a special Saturday gala dinner during which we'll hand out our …

Public Sector

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IT IS not called the dismal science for nothing. Even the funniest jokes about economists usually elicit a titter, at best. If you laid all the …

Economics

Re-declaring the Declaration of Independence

On July 4th, Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence. But red, white and blue bedecked picnic tables and the “rockets’ red glare” of …

Declaration Of Independence

How Richard Feynman Changed the Way I Think about Work

If you’re an academic with a resume the size of Feynman’s, I can’t help but assume you must have been an obsessive, humorless geezer. But as it turns …

Richard Feynman

Student Loan Debt is Getting Ugly

As trends go, the chart of the history of the U.S. government’s borrowing to fund student loans looks like an ugly hockey stick,<p>On May 31, 2018, the …

Finance

Ambrose Bierce’s 'Devil’s Dictionary': A Satire that Foreshadowed the Absurdity of Modern Politics

America’s current political theater seems to make Ambrose Bierce a prophet.<p>Ambrose Bierce was once described as “the forgotten brother of Mark …

Mark Twain

How Restrictive Labor Laws Keep Puerto Rico's Economy Down

Without labor market reforms, there will be no new jobs. And without jobs, the commonwealth cannot grow.<p>An economic crisis has engulfed Puerto …

Caribbean

Italy’s Taxes Drive Its Economy Underground

Instead of cracking down on tax evasion and the shadow economy, Italy’s new government needs to rethink its longstanding policies in order to bring …

Economics

Miracle Men: How Market Liberals Saved Germany from Economic Catastrophe

A little implementation of free-market principles goes a long way.<p>Seventy years ago this month, a small group of economists and legal scholars helped …

Economics

The AT&T Merger Decision Is a Win for Consumers

And it’s based on good economics.<p>US District Court Judge Richard Leon’s recent decision allowed AT&T and Time Warner to merge, reaffirming long-held …

Time Warner

Policy Report

What began as a pro-free trade Twitter quip from Cato trade policy analyst Scott Lincicome turned into a viral T-shirt that has been purchased over …

Economics

YAL's Cliff Maloney Wants To #MakeLibertyWin, Goddammit!: Podcast

"Deregulate everything," reads a typical tweet from Cliff Maloney, the avuncular national president of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), a student …

Foundation for Economic Education

This Libertarian Community Organizer Wants To 'Free the People': Podcast

In previous lives, Matt Kibbe has been a congressional staffer, the head of FreedomWorks, and a <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author.These days, he's …

Social Media

Proposition 13 is still a poor scapegoat for poor government

On June 6, California’s Proposition 13, which imposed far tighter rules on property taxation in California, turned 40. Polls show it has remained …

Economics

Congratulations to Matt Kibbe: 2018 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Matt is the President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning the next generation on to the values of …

Education

Got Tariff Fatigue?

Things are looking pretty bleak right now for U.S. trade policy.<p>The latest is the announcement from USTR today of U.S. tariffs to be imposed on $34 …

Tariffs

Why Does the Press Routinely Misidentify Prostitution as 'Sex Trafficking'?: Podcast

"You needn't be engaged in espionage, or anything illegal, to benefit from better digital privacy practices," writes Associate Editor Elizabeth Nolan …

Feminism

Country Time Lemonade Takes a Stand for Child Entrepreneurs

The lemonade stand is a rite of passage in America.<p>Summertime is the season of childhood entrepreneurship. Liberated from the confines of compulsory …

Entrepreneurship

Why Our Freedom and Personal Character Are Inseparable

Lawrence W. Reed spoke at FEEcon 2018 about the need for strong character if we want personal liberty.<p>Milestones in life can be tricky. Occasionally …

Austrian Economics

Homophobia Deprived Charles Rhines of a Fair Trial; Now He’s on Death Row

This Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case of Charles Rhines, a gay man on death row in South Dakota who is asking the Supreme …

Death Row

Jury’s Anti-Gay Prejudice Must Not Send a Man to His Death

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Death Penalty

How to Captivate an Audience One Person at a Time

As with most things, to really have an impact, you need to create exceptional value for someone.<p>How can a speaker captivate the attention of an …

Public Speaking

What Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" Teaches Us About the Insufficiency of Good Intentions

The book is an extended lesson in what happens when we focus only on what we see.<p>The search for the Great American Novel should have ended in 1957 …

Ayn Rand

New program builds on Manitoba’s success in financial education

A new partnership has formed between the Manitoba government and the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) to help improve financial …

Canada

Sheldon Richman on 51 Years of Israeli Occupation

This is the 51st anniversary of Israel’s 1967 war against Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and the Palestinians. The so-called Six-Day War began the occupation …

Israel

Why the Koch brothers find higher education worth their money

Newly released documents show that at George Mason University, the Charles Koch Foundation was given a say in hiring and firing professors, according …

Higher Education

Red Tape Is What Keeps Housing Unaffordable

Land-use restrictions make it “prohibitively expensive” to build new housing in a lot of places.<p>“I’d love to live in San Francisco, but I don’t want …

Housing

Weighted voting not a cure for democracy

The meat-grinder politics beginning with the 2016 campaign has triggered proposals to rescue us from a crisis of democracy. At least two authors — …

Political Science