Economic Trends

The Adverse Impact of Government Bureaucracy on Private Employment

– January 21, 2020

When I did this video about public-sector compensation almost 10 years ago, I focused on why it is unfair that bureaucrats get much higher levels of compensation than people working in the private sector. Today, let’s cons …

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Economic Trends

Why Impeachment Has Fallen Flat (Video)

– January 9, 2020

The puzzling issue of why so few are very interested in the impeachment issue that has roiled Washington.

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Economic Trends

Does Your Family Need a Brand?

– January 8, 2020

Investing in brands, or what economists call reputational capital, is critically important for organizations that hope to be successful in the marketplace. A firm’s brand can give life and meaning to its products and services, and when consumer experie …

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Economic History, Economic Trends

Not Losing Sight of the Classical Liberal Ideal

– January 6, 2020

We should be concerned with truth and validity, not the expediency of to what democratic public opinion seems to confine discussion of a free society at a moment in time.

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Economic Trends

Why We Are Wealthy

– January 2, 2020

The Wealth Explosion by Stephen Davies is one of the books the world needs. Much of the growing literature in what is called the “New History of Capitalism” credits (or blames) different kinds of exploitation like slavery, colonialism, and empire for t …

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Economic Trends

The Dangers to Prosperity All Around Us

– January 2, 2020

Looking back at the 20th century there were great social, political and economic challenges. Technological advances accelerated and mass communication shrank the planet. In the process we embarked on two catastrophic world wars, whilst in peacetime eco …

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Economic Trends

The Prospects for Prosperity in the New Year

– January 1, 2020

Many problems we see in society are chiefly about us, not our elected officials. They are a reflection—distorted for better or worse—of who we are.

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Economic Trends

The Reemergence of Fascism, Left and Right

– December 30, 2019

The year 2019 was a great year for the American Institute for Economic Research; in the broader America, it was a volatile one for ideas, a great one for economic growth, and as divisive a time politically as one can imagine: certainly the most estrang …

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Economic Trends

Why Boeing’s CEO Had To Go

– December 23, 2019

The failure of the 737 was a disaster for Boeing. There were many people to blame: regulators, technicians, flight trainers, quality assurance teams. But in the end, the buck stops with the CEO.

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Economic Trends

The Perils and Pitfalls of Political Paternalism

– December 23, 2019

Across the spectrum of differing political views, whether “progressive,” “nationalist,” “populist,” or “conservative,” there is a common presumption in all of their policy positions and programs. That common dominator is the premise that government is …

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