Topic: Free Markets

Proposition 12, the Constitution, and Good Government

– October 25, 2022

“Proposition 12 not only oversteps California’s regulatory powers under the U.S. Constitution, it also violates the political principle that those who will be forced to abide by laws should have a voice in them.” ~ Gary M. Galles

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Government Is Largely Guesswork

– October 24, 2022

“Unlike actions taken in markets, even the best government actions carried out in the most appropriate circumstances are guided by little more than guesswork.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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Progressive Policies Destroy Capitalism’s Prosperity

– October 23, 2022

“To pull America away from the grips of a recession and the shackles of inflation, the government must get out of the way of the productive private sector.” ~ Vance Ginn

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Industrial Policy on Parade

– October 23, 2022

“The fact that past industrial policy attempts were abandoned due to grotesque failure to achieve their goals seems to make no difference to those who are intent on reviving this practice.” ~ Veronique de Rugy

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Teaching the Value of Business

– October 22, 2022

“The extent of wokeness in business—from employees to executives and across many sectors of our economy—indicates a systemic problem. A systemic problem suggests a deficiency in business education.” ~ Daniel Sutter

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Can Granny Flats Make California Affordable?

– October 21, 2022

“The century-old fetishization of single-family homes on orderly lots had badly distorted the housing supply, and Californians both want housing and want to build housing. All the government had to do was get out of the way.” ~ Laura Williams

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PayPal and the Purpose of a Corporation

– October 21, 2022

“Whether the damage to PayPal will be fleeting or chronic is yet to be seen. But perhaps this incident will be a cautionary tale for corporate managers. Their first job must be to mind the store.” ~ Jarret Decker

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Getting W.H. Hutt’s Life And Work All Wrong

– October 20, 2022

“Their argument falls apart under scrutiny. The version of Hutt they present is like the version of Buchanan that MacLean presents in her book Democracy in Chains: an unrecognizable caricature.” ~ Art Carden

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Cities Sidestep Property Rights With This One Trick

– October 19, 2022

“If the goal is to fix a city’s image, attacking safe, ordinary small businesses is not the way to achieve it. Regardless of the excuses, amortization is ugly. U-Hauls look beautiful in comparison.” ~ Daryl James & Bob Belden

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Review of Superabundance by Marian L. Tupy and Gale L. Pooley

– October 18, 2022

“To update Simon’s analysis, they ‘calculate the hours and minutes needed to earn the money to buy goods and services’ and discover that over time, people have been getting progressively more for the sweat of their brows.” ~ Art Carden

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Good News, the World Is Getting Better

– October 17, 2022

“Climate change fear is causing life-changing anxiety. You might be hearing nothing but bad news, but that doesn’t mean that you’re hearing the full story.” ~ Bjorn Lomborg

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The Division of Labor and the Diminution of Man

– October 16, 2022

“Every job is more than just a job. It is also an opportunity to help another human being develop as a member, a contributor, and perhaps even a leader in a society dedicated to freedom and responsibility.” ~ Richard Gunderman

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