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Classic and contemporary works, essays, commentary and analysis in defense of free enterprise and private property domestically, as well as fair markets and America’s sovereignty (to include avoiding permanent and entangling alliances) internationally under the United States Constitution.

Caruba: GE gets little praise today. It failed to support the best, proven ways to generate electricity and it abandoned the incandescent light bulb. No wonder!
BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY I am often asked if I do my own grocery shopping, and the answer is definitely yes. I want to know that the foods I buy are fresh and I especially want to know where they are coming from. The United States used to be known as...
It Wouldn’t Be a Huge Deal. Here’s Why. NICOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION As oil prices decline, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has decided not to cut oil production. OPEC’s production decision is not a new one. And the group of oil-producing nations could very well announce a cut in oil supply...
PAUL L. POIROT, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 9 It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right to property. Property, per se, has no rights; but the individual—the man—has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference: the right to his life, the right to...
"I have the ANSWER to the nation’s plague of bed bugs. It’s called PESTICIDES." The problem is, Caruba says, the EPA banned the pesticide that really works
Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, William L. Anderson Few things bug free-market economists as much as the attempts by local and state authorities to give tax breaks to certain firms in the name of “creating jobs.” This is not because we think that taxes are good or even believe that...
I cite this because free trade has become the dominant mantra of modern America, but Ian Fletcher, an economist with the U.S. Business & Industry Council, has written “Free Trade Doesn’t Work” and while books on economic theory tend to make my eyes glaze over, his is so filled with solid research and so lively that it provides a window to the present and future of America if its theme goes unheeded. - Alan Caruba
By T.F. Stern,   I had a lock job close to downtown the other day, close enough where I could stop by and visit with my old friend Jim Reed, the fellow who started me down the road to become a locksmith. We had a good visit as he chided...
BY SARAH SKWIRE, THE FREEMAN It started with the pope. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, he singled out air conditioning as a particularly good example of wasteful habits and excessive consumption that overcome our better natures: People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN   ~Do millennials really want the Big Government socialist policies Bernie and Hillary advocate~ America’s 18- to 34-year-old “millennials” have been tutored in group-think schools that extol socialism. Now they lionize liberal politicians whose class-warfare prescriptions include taxing away all but maybe 1% of the nation’s 0.0001% billionaires’ wealth,...
BRUCE YANDLE, THE FREEMAN Allan Meltzer is an eminent professor of economics at Carnegie-Mellon University. He is a world-renowned U.S. Federal Reserve scholar, a 1973 founder and chairman of the Shadow Open Market Committee, and an American Economic Association Distinguished Fellow. What else could he possibly add to those laurels? Meltzer...
For 98 years, the federal government has been attempting to prevent asset bubbles, recessions, and spasms of unemployment.
BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Jordan Weissman has an interesting article in this month's Atlantic Magazine. Drawing on a new Congressional Budget Office study, Weissman notes that federal employees in general do slightly better than those in the private sector in wages and much better in benefits. The standard response...
Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman That’s quite a row going on in Wisconsin. The new governor, elected without the support of most government-employee unions, has proposed to cut back the scope of collective bargaining for most state workers. Scott Walker says the budget measure is...
Celebrate EPA’s withdrawal of job-killing ozone standards – but prepare for more onslaughts By Paul Driessen Millions of Americans recently celebrated the demise of the Environmental Protection Agency’s job-killing ground-level ozone regulations. While a toast was appropriate, we shouldn’t drink too much champagne just yet. As with the Battle of Midway...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Democrats fight climate change with renewable pixie dust, while rest of world burns fossil fuels~ “There’s been a record six straight years of job growth, and new Census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation,” NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt misinformed...
By T.F. Stern,   June 21, 2011 Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security Board 6100 Guadalupe, Building E Criminal Law Enforcement Building Austin, Texas 78752   Subject: Locksmith License Renewal Requirements An Open Letter to the Locksmith Industry   Honorable John E. Chism, Honorable Howard H. Johnsen, Honorable Mark L. Smith, Honorable Albert L. Black, Honorable Charles E. Crenshaw,...
BY ALAN CARUBA The U.S. was the world's number one economy prior to World War II, but it took off bigtime after the war and there has not been a day of my long life in which we were not number one—until now. The International Monetary Fund recently released its calculations regarding...
Unleashing EPA bureaucrats on American livelihoods, living standards and liberties By David Rothbard and Craig Rucker Supported by nothing but assumptions, faulty computer models and outright falsifications of what is actually happening on our planet, President Obama, his Environmental Protection Agency and their allies have issued more economy-crushing rules that they...
SANDY IKEDA, THE FREEMAN The “economic point of view” means, to a lot of people, assuming people are nothing but cost-cutting opportunists—economizers who wouldn’t hesitate to gain at someone else’s expense if they could get away with it. Such bloodless calculators, though perhaps staying within the law, wouldn’t miss a...
Texas Straight Talk with Ron Paul The Palestinian Authority's recent announcement that it would seek UN recognition as an independent state dominated the news and the political debate in the United States last week, though in truth it should mean very little to us. Only a political class harboring the...
Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Donald Boudreaux What caused the Industrial Revolution? Few questions in economic history are discussed and debated as much as this one. Even if you happen to be among the small number of people who regret what historian (and Freeman columnist) Steve Davies calls “the wealth explosion”...
JEFFREY HERBENER, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES The Fed did it again! Mr. Bernanke announced another huge round of bond buying, but what will “QE3″ mean to the average Joe and Jane on Main Street USA? Chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic...
ROMINA BOCCIA AND MICHAEL SARGENT, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The federal fiscal year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The budget process calls for presidential, House, and Senate budgets, with the latter two to be resolved in a budget conference to arrive at the discretionary topline level from which...
BY ALAN CARUBA I am subject to various enthusiasms and, in 2008, I wrote a series about beef and the vast network of phony consumer advocates, vegetarian types, animal rights groups and headline chasing media folks who love a good scare campaign, all trying to convince Americans that beef was...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Too many oil, gas, coal, rare earth and other vital resources are still off limits~ President Trump has directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review recent land withdrawals under the 1906 Antiquities Act, to determine whether some should be reversed or reduced in size. The review...
LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups. Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson Statists—those who...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris~ I can guess why a raven is like a writing-desk, Alice said. “Do you mean you think you can find out the answer?” said the March Hare. “Exactly so,” said Alice. “Then...
Texas Straight Talk with Ron Paul These are truly troubling days for liberty in the United States. Last week the 60 day deadline for the president to gain congressional approval for our military engagement in Libya under the War Powers Resolution came and went. The media scarcely noticed.  The bombings continued.  We...
DAREN BAKST, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Agriculture has changed dramatically over the past 80 years, yet farm and commodity programs are Depression-era relics that are grounded in central-planning philosophies. Even some policymakers who claim to be strong proponents of free markets and limited government tend to forget these core beliefs when it...