Topic: Classical Liberalism

Heroes in a Year of Horrors

– December 22, 2020

“There are other brave and intelligent people of integrity who have resisted Covid Derangement Syndrome and spoken out against the lunacy and oppression of lockdowns. To all of you I offer my apologies if you aren’t explicitly recognized here. But above all, I offer to you my heartfelt thanks, as well as my well-wishes for a more sane and much less tyranny-soaked 2021.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux


Cheers for College Football’s Victory over Covid-19 Fear

– December 17, 2020

“The 2020 college football season reminds us of truths that too many Americans have forgotten in the long months since March: Sports and other “nonessential” activities make life richer and better; a person or a society can be alive and not really be living; sheltering in place until a governor or scientist gives an “all clear” is the very opposite of America’s promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;” and living, like college football in many ways, is intertwined with contact, connection, community, culture and commerce.” ~ Alan W. Dowd


Opponents of Liberty Remain Misguided Sore Winners

– December 15, 2020

“Be assured that when the interventionist-welfare state policies are intensified and made more intrusive into the social and economic fabric of American society, and when, over time, it brings about more corruption, privilege, stagnation, and social hostility, the Joseph Stiglitz’s of the world likely will not admit that the cause has been the political paternalism and social engineering for which they so much never stop yearning.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling


In Memoriam: Walter E. Williams, 1936-2020

– December 5, 2020

“Williams was a towering intellect who made the economic way of thinking come alive to generations of undergraduates, graduate students, readers, and anyone who would listen. He suffered no fools, which incidentally appears as the title of the 2014 Free to Choose Network documentary on his life and work. To adapt an African proverb, the best time to start reading Walter Williams’ work is twenty years ago. The second best time is right now.” ~ Art Carden


The Passing of Esteemed Economist Walter Williams

– December 3, 2020

“Today, now more than ever, it is men like Walter Williams who are sorely needed to protect the ideas of freedom and prosperity. His work and efforts have educated countless people from the latest generation of economic thinkers to the average citizen who are now better equipped to understand the world around them. Perhaps it was his intention that through his tireless efforts he will have inspired countless more to pick up where he left off. If that was the case, I think he would be pleased to know he has succeeded.” ~ Ethan Yang


What the Hasidim Tell Us About Being Americans

– November 28, 2020

“It is the philosophy of human rights and liberty applied consistently and equally to all that makes America America. If it takes Hasidim, who live according to ancient Biblical and Rabbinic law and 18th century Eastern European customs and fashion, and who may choose to ignore even the best scientific advice, the better to pursue their own happiness, to remind us of this, well, more power to them. L’Haim, to life!” ~ Mitchell Heller


Tyler vs. Tyler?

– November 24, 2020

“Given that one of Tyler’s most intriguing arguments in Stubborn Attachments is that we discount the value of the future far too greatly – implying that we value the present far too much relative to the future – I believe that the 2018 Tyler Cowen would be a most intriguing, perhaps even confrontational, guest of the 2020 Tyler Cowen on Conversations with Tyler. It’s a conversation that I’d very much like to hear!” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux


The Legacy of Thanksgiving is Free Enterprise

– November 23, 2020

“It is time to take their experience to heart and celebrate not the collectivism with which they began their start in the New World, but the spirit of liberty, private property, self-responsibility, and freedom of enterprise which they and those who came to America in the following centuries left to us as a legacy of individual freedom, limited government, and the prosperity that only can come from the competitive liberty of the free and voluntary marketplace.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling


Giving Thanks for Our Mutual Dependence

– November 21, 2020

“We need not surrender to authoritarian politicians our own moral agency to care for others. While some try to tear the ties that bind us, we can express gratitude for the great chain of human connection holding us together. We can celebrate the relationships that set us free and make the modern world possible.” ~ Barry Brownstein


Lockdowns Stunt Women’s Progress

– November 20, 2020

“Over the past one hundred years, the country created a space where women could more easily work, attain higher education, open businesses, and be freer economic agents. Now, lockdown policies and their advocates are forcing a massive step backward in gender equality and women’s economic freedom.” ~ Amelia Janaskie


Irish Scientists and Doctors Inveigh Against Lockdowns

– November 19, 2020

“The White Paper recommends four overarching strategies consistent with the 2019 WHO and Irish pandemic guidelines, including the removal of lockdowns and a focused protection of the vulnerable. Overall, this paper is an impressive study on lockdowns and presents a mountain of evidence that demonstrates lockdowns are not only ineffective but harmful to people and must be stopped to maintain a healthy society.” ~ Amelia Janaskie


The Many Ways in Which Freedom Won the Election

– November 6, 2020

“The media and the elites learned nothing from the 2016 election. But for now, some pretty awful policies were defeated. May the utter disaster and election mismanagement unfolding before our eyes in many states right now lead a few people to wonder why on earth they should believe that a government that can’t do something as basic as running an election should possibly be in charge of the rest of our lives.” ~ Veronique de Rugy