Can the Coronavirus End the Trade War?

– February 8, 2020

China’s decision to lower the tariffs it earlier imposed on U.S. goods, largely in response to Trump administration tariffs aimed at China, will help refill shelves for Chinese consumers and assist producers as they struggle to regain footing.


The Huge Difference Between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump

– February 7, 2020

I have always thought that the comparison of United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson to US president Donald Trump was unfair to Johnson. And while admittedly I am no Boris Johnson expert, I do have his speech from February 3th to prove the injustic …


The US Attack on China Does Not Deserve Public Support

– February 6, 2020

Whenever a state wages war against another state, it generally exaggerates the harm that the other state has perpetrated against it.


Boris Johnson’s Beautiful Celebration of Free Trade

– February 5, 2020

In his February 3, 2020, speech at Greenwich, Johnson cited Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Richard Coben, while paraphrasing Frederic Bastiat, casting shade on Trumpian tariff policy, blasting “bizarre autarkic rhetoric,” and pledging the UK to lead the world in free trade.


The Bad Economics of Non-economists

– January 27, 2020

It is inexcusable for people such as McCarthy to present themselves to the public as if they know the economics that they criticize with such cocksureness.


The Surreal Logic of Trump’s Trade Deal

– January 17, 2020

President Donald Trump’s tariffs-first trade policy against China has unequivocally harmed the majority of people and businesses in both countries since its inception just under two years ago.  There’s the estimated $46 billion in new taxes direct …


Forget Exemptions: Grant Everyone Freedom from Tariffs

– January 10, 2020

Instead of granting firms exemptions from the tariffs on a case-by-case basis, let’s grant everyone an exemption and get rid of the tariffs altogether.


Conservatives Need To Lay Off the Protectionist Nonsense

– January 8, 2020

Robinson wraps himself in Reagan’s greatness, while basically calling for the state to do something very un-Reagan like in the form of dictating to Wall Street and U.S. companies how they should operate, and how they should extricate themselves from a rapidly liberalizing nation.


Tariff Protection and Big Steel’s Struggle

– December 25, 2019

U.S. Steel’s recently announced plant closings and major employment cutbacks highlight how trade wars can end up hurting the very industries and firms they are supposed to help. They also highlight how the rest of society can struggle with the resultin …


The Case Against Oren Cass

– December 21, 2019

Conservative scholar Oren Cass wants to “redefine the economic orthodoxy that guides the nation’s politics and public policy.” He’s convinced that economists wrongly discount the importance of work while naively giving pride of place to consumption. Co …


Biodiversity and Prosperity Go Together

– December 16, 2019

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is clear: there is a loss of biodiversity globally. The losses are expected to increase as a result of climate change. As a result, there are some researchers who advance the idea that we may be in t …


The FCC’s Treatment of Huawei Is a Tremendous Embarrassment

– December 12, 2019

It’s said about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson that he’s a particularly challenging opponent. With Jackson there’s no preparing for the run or pass; rather there’s preparing for the run, pass, along with the horrifying possibility that Jack …