Federal Farm Policy Is Corrupt Regardless of the Latest Uproar

– July 1, 2021

“Lamentably, this ethical gold standard vanished from American public life long ago. Or maybe politicians simply ‘defined down’ robbery? Regardless of the results of any investigations into the former Secretary of Agriculture, the only way to fix federal farm subsidies is to abolish them.” ~ James Bovard


The Politics of “Resilience”

– July 1, 2021

“The ethics of prioritizing some groups over others clearly do not concern her any more than the shift away from individual concerns. Ms. Walton is clearly unaware that she is taking her city down the well-trodden road to serfdom.” ~ Caroline Breashears


“After the Revolution, You Will Like Going Camping!” G.A. Cohen’s Camping Trip Reconsidered

– May 5, 2021

“This doesn’t require a thought experiment: people vote for capitalism and against socialism in droves by trying to move to freer and more prosperous countries. Socialists might have laudable goals like feeding, clothing, and sheltering everyone–and I agree with these–but I would no more suggest socialism to treat poverty and inequality than I would prescribe leeches, mercury, and bloodletting to treat cancer.” ~ Art Carden


Ludwig von Mises on Intellectual Obligation in Times of Crisis

– April 13, 2021

“Are we willing to throw ourselves into the intellectual battle to make things right, to restore and secure essential liberties and rights, to erect barriers that make it impossible for the ruling class ever to attempt such an experiment again? Or will we be grateful that we can at least exercise some limited freedoms, however temporarily, and acquiesce to the idea that there is nothing wrong with a medical/industrial regime that acts arbitrarily and at its own discretion?” ~ Jeffrey Tucker


Stop Greenwashing Socialism

– April 4, 2021

“Protecting our environment deserves more attention than a prefix in a campaign slogan for a complete political and economic revolution. Especially one that has caused so much untold misery for both humans and the planet.” ~ Christopher Barnard


To End Budget Deficits, Restrict Political Pickpockets

– March 22, 2021

“Unless some way is found to escape from our current political situation, to use Frederic Bastiat’s words, in which the State has become the ‘great fiction’ through which everyone tries to live at everyone else’s expense, we are facing a fiscal and general social crisis that may truly be destructive of society in the coming years.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling


The New Yorker “Conundrum”

– March 12, 2021

“Is it possible that The New Yorker may be entertaining doubts about its sophomoric socialism? My prophecy: The New Yorker will return to its anguished stress on climate change, which may relieve it from following up on Paumgarten’s felicitous clowns-in-government theme until the lights start going out. Meanwhile, we can return to Judy Collins’ favorite: ‘Send in the Clowns.’ They’re always on the ready.” ~ George Gilder


Concerned About Amazon Workers? Here’s How To Really Help Them

– March 8, 2021

“Everyone wants to help other people—or at least, everyone should. The solution isn’t in collective bargaining, however. It’s in better options, better tools, and better ideas. So let’s have more of those.” ~ Art Carden


Socialism-in-Practice Was a Nightmare, Not Utopia

– February 23, 2021

“When the French sociologist, Gustave Le Bon published The Psychology of Socialism in 1899, he feared that, ‘One nation, at least, will have to suffer it [the establishment of a socialist system] for the instruction of the world. It will be one of those practical lessons which alone can enlighten the nations that are bemused with the dreams of happiness displayed before our eyes by the priests of the new [socialist] faith.’ Is it really necessary to go through it all again? Let us hope not.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling


Biden’s Executive Orders vs. American Public Opinion

– February 2, 2021

“Policies implemented are ultimately the outcome of ideas fought over concerning whether or not to value and secure political freedom, economic liberty, and constitutional order. In spite of a lot of totalitarian-like rhetoric in the air, the intellectual field is still open to vigorous debate and competition. It just needs to be taken advantage of by not presuming the contest is already lost.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling


A Wish For 2021: Roll Back Border Socialism

– January 1, 2021

“If Michael Clemens’ estimates are correct, loosening up immigration restrictions would be the biggest thing we could do to help the world’s poor—and ourselves. In spite of Trump supporters’ worries about “socialism” under a Biden-Harris administration, immigration is one front on which a Biden-Harris victory might have been a victory for freer markets.” ~ Art Carden


Lockdown: The New Totalitarianism

– October 1, 2020

“The lockdowns are looking less like a gigantic error and more like the unfolding of a fanatical political ideology and policy experiment that attacks core postulates of civilization at their very root. It’s time we take it seriously and combat it with the same fervor with which a free people resisted all the other evil ideologies that sought to strip humanity of dignity and replace freedom with the terrifying dreams of intellectuals and their government sock puppets.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker