Jefferson Memorial

Ad Hominems Against Freedom

– July 1, 2020

“The avenue to a peaceful, prosperous and truly color-blind free society will not come about through a victory by the identity politics warriors and the ideological high priests of political correctness. It requires an appreciation and defense of the liberal principles of individual liberty, equality of rights before the law, and a vibrant, open, and competitive free market.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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trees, prosperity

Free Markets are Lousy Self-Promoters

– June 29, 2020

“Precisely because free and innovative markets ceaselessly expand our range of opportunities, comparing the economic statistics of today with those of yesterday too often masks the improvements brought to us by markets. What appear to blinkered or incautious eyes to be market failures are often the fruits of market successes.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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capitol hill

Surrounded by Government Failure, Why Do People Still Believe?

– June 27, 2020

“We should continue fighting the battle of ideas because when we are deep into the mess that both parties, and their underlying ideologies, are creating, some people will look for answers and for solutions outside the state.” ~ Veronique de Rugy

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historical impromptus mccloskey

The Inestimable Wisdom of Deirdre McCloskey

– June 23, 2020

“Breaking down barriers not only institutionally but socially, allowing more and more people to strive for their potential is what started the engine of comprehensive economic growth. Economic and social freedom that rests not only in regulatory codes but in the hearts of men.” ~ Ethan Yang

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europe, streets, night

Don’t Mention the Virus

– June 23, 2020

“If we avoided the hysteria that eagerly thought this pandemic was either the end of globalization or the end of the human race, we all thought this would be a temporary nuisance in our lives. Instead, the virus is deceptively permanent and I don’t mean biologically. We haven’t really moved on from corona – it just lingers in our minds, sowing fear and discomfort all around us.” Joakim Book

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adam and eve, expulsion

Are Humans Naturally Nice?

– June 17, 2020

“Drawing superficially on many different fields with narrative case-studies to illustrate a major point keeps the story refreshing – but risks becoming detached, unconvincing and plainly wrong.” ~ Joakim Book

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Open Letter to the Institute for New Economic Thinking

An Open Letter to the Institute for New Economic Thinking

– June 16, 2020

“Treating this as a mistake and correcting it is the right thing to do in response to an unfortunate lapse in judgement. Failure to do so in my opinion would amount to among the most egregious instances of such crass intimidation I have seen.” ~ Max Gulker

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Individualism Is the Answer

– June 13, 2020

“The slogans and protests and violence all have the effect of pulling us to identify ourselves primarily by our membership in a particular group, not to identify each of us by our own unique, individual identity.” ~ Raymond C. Niles

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dog, cute

The Market Loves You–And Your Little Dog, Too

– June 13, 2020

“It seems pretty clear from our experience getting a dog that the market doesn’t just love us–it loves our dog, too.” ~ Art Carden

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Protest Also Against Police Unions and Qualified Immunity

Protest Also Against Police Unions and Qualified Immunity

– June 8, 2020

Surprising myself, I write here about the murder of George Floyd.  My surprise springs from my long-held belief that I, a professional economist who now specializes in studying trade and trade policy, likely have nothing useful to add to public di …

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Open Letter to the Charleston Protestors

An Open Letter to the Charleston Protestors

– June 6, 2020

“Your cause is just and we hope we can work together in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.” ~ Robert E. Wright

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Will Social Security Go Bankrupt?

Will Social Security Go Bankrupt?

– June 6, 2020

“Where are we now? Is Social Security going bankrupt? Not literally, since bankruptcy law does not apply to government agencies or programs. But it is unquestionably true that Social Security is headed for a fiscal calamity.” ~ Warren Gibson

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