Foundation for Economic Education

Too Many Laws. So Much Ignorance. Something Has to Give.

A longstanding principle of American courts has to change.<p>Seventy-five years ago, in the summer of 1942, four friends decided to while away the afternoon playing bridge in a Baltimore city park. Instead of enjoying their game, they found themselves under arrest. The city had an ordinance that …

Business

Socialist Academics Contributed to the Rise of the Third Reich

Throughout the last three chapters of F.A. Hayek’s <i>The Road to Serfdom</i>, I have found myself questioning whether I am still reading the same book. In …

Economics

100 Years of Communism, 100 Million Deaths, and the Lingering Horror of North Korea

It’s time to continue our series on the 100th anniversary of Russia’s Bolshevik revolution, which unleashed a century of brutal, deadly, and …

Brutal

Why We Love Farmers Markets

Almost every small and medium-sized town has what are called farmers markets. We love them. Some are seasonal. Some open only on weekends. People …

Agriculture

Price Theory Explains the Opiate Crisis

The American opioid epidemic reaches new highs every year. Last year, the number of Americans killed by overdosing on opiates surpassed the number of …

Economics

Pre-Internet Laws Are Jeopardizing Today's Electronic Privacy

In a way, it’s even worse than a scandal over the NSA’s collection of metadata.<p>Today, as incredible as it might seem, it is still legal for the …

Surveillance

Government Is Not the Solution to Educational Inequality

Government is often seen as society’s great equalizer. In education, nothing can be further from the truth. Indeed, it is almost impossible for one …

Education

This Vigorous Defense of Corporations Stands the Test of Time

There has been a lot of antagonism towards corporations. Surprisingly, not all of it from the left. I’ve come across a fair number of Facebook posts …

Fascism

Rich People Don't Actually "Hide" Their Money

Why are Cubans so poor? They’ve done very well in the U.S., where emigres from the perpetually recessed country have risen to the top in sports, …

Economics

Your New Mailman Works for Amazon

There he was dropping off packages in the mail room. I picked up mine and walked away. Then I did a double take. The patch on his shoulder was not …

Amazon

Progressive Policies Make Philanthropy Less Effective

Thanksgiving and Christmas are arguably two of the most philanthropic times of the year. As the holiday season approaches, the spirit of giving will …

Social Justice

State Coercion Is Intoxicating, Seductive, and Wrong

A while ago I met a young religious woman who founded a very successful nonprofit organization all by herself. The organization raises private funds …

Education

Terrorism and Mass Murder Are Not the Same Thing

On Sunday, November 6, 2017, while attending my own worship service, I learned that 26 of fellow Christians at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland …

Economics

Factory-like schools are the child labor crisis of today

<i>This originally appeared at the Foundation for Economic Education on November 14, 2017.</i><p>Most American children and teenagers wake early, maybe gulp …

Conservative View

The Secret Billion Dollar Tax You've Never Heard About

Last year, around this time, my father received a notice in the mail from a third-party notification service that offered to recover “unclaimed …

Economics

You Deserve a Tax Break and Your Boss Does Too

Republicans during the Reagan and Bush administrations had a pretty straightforward fiscal policy: increase federal spending dramatically and cut …

Economics

What We Can Learn from Swastikas in South Asia

When he was living in Burma, graphic novelist Guy Delisle noticed quite a few swastikas. Indeed, much of South Asia is full of swastikas. It's not …

Economics

Market Realities Finally Catch Up with the Red Cross

A rhetorical question for readers of all economic classes: on a normal, disaster-free day, is the American Red Cross your go-to when you’re sick, …

Economics

How Rezoning Will Help Amazon HQ Contenders

“All the Benefits of Boston, Without the Headaches” New Hampshire claims in its Amazon Headquarters II (Amazon HQ2) bid. “Choose Boston and next year …

Housing

The Government Is Lying to Us About Cybersecurity

In a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated that the “absolutist position” that strong encryption should be, by definition, …

Cybersecurity

Education Is the State's Greatest Tool for Propaganda

In chapter 10 of <i>The Road to Serfdom</i><i>,</i> Hayek describes how some of the worst people always end up rising to the top of the political heap. Continuing …

Education

Our Ancestors Escaped Crippling Poverty Because of Capitalism

The free enterprise, or capitalist, system has done more to improve the material condition of humanity than any other economic arrangement in all of …

Social Justice

Why Shouldn't Ignorance of the Law Be an Excuse?

“Because I said so.” “Life isn’t fair.” “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” These are some of the great cop-outs of all time, and the last one is …

Law

Millennials Really Dig Bitcoin

It’s become fashionable to malign millennials for killing everything from dinner dates to department stores. If the results of a recent survey are …

Bitcoin

A Beginner’s Guide to Bitcoin Chaos

It seems nuts but the more this sector is pounded on, denounced, broken, and forked, the stronger it grows. This is because it is the product of a …

Bitcoin

Why Populists Love Big Government

The rise of populist critique of the status quo in our time has multiple reasons – some in deep-rooted cultural frustration and disillusionment with …

Economics

Even Economists Are Vulnerable to Moral Blindness

Today, I’m going to target my profession. There’s no excuse for any sentient being – especially an economist – to have praised the decrepit communist …

Economics

Why the Worst Humans Are Able to Rise to Power

In chapter ten of <i>The Road to Serfdom</i>, “Why the Worst Get on Top,” Hayek continues to warn about the dangers of planned economies, but with a slightly …

Economics

How to Protect Yourself Online, No Matter Your Security Needs

Almost every week, it seems that there is some kind of major security breach. Whether celebrity nudes, the social security numbers of the majority of …

Economics

Washington Can't Fix the Housing Crisis

America is in the middle of a housing crisis. The cause is simple: we’re not building housing fast enough to keep up with jobs. While the number of …

Housing