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Remembering the Ragusan Republic

LAWRENCE W. REED, FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION Visitors to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic are struck by the magnificence of the stone...

The Warren Plan and the History of Corporate Chartering

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal for drastic changes to corporate governance, which I wrote about in this space last week, continues to draw thoughtful...

How Marx Got on the Wrong Side of History

BY RICHARD M. EBELING Those who speak about being on the “right side of history” have, knowingly or not, adopted a central element in Karl...

Today’s Progressives Want To Take Us Back To The 16th Century

BY MARK HENDRICKSON Life in the 16th century was bleak. Unless you were lucky enough to have been born into the sliver of the population...

The Need to Balance the Budget and Reduce Federal Debt

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Committee on the Budget United States House of Representatives Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify....

Misdiagnosing Inequality And The Cause Of Middle-Class Woes

Responding to Nobel Economist Joseph Stilitz's Yahoo.com Interview BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON In an interview posted on Yahoo.com (April 23), Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz spoke...

Wisconsin’s Right to Work Law and the Fatal Flaws of Unionism

MARK W. HENDRICKSON When even historically progressive Wisconsin adopts a right to work law—making employee payments to a union voluntary instead of mandatory—it’s a sign...

Government has been spoiling stuff since well before the TSA

JEFFREY A. TUCKER, THE FREEMAN You know the old myth about the meat-packing industry. In 1906, Upton Sinclair came out with his book The Jungle,...

Semicentennial of LBJ’s War on Poverty

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY This year, the cheerleaders for big government are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the launching of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. This...

Sitting With a Giant

BY CHRIS CLANCY (Read Part 1,  Part 2, & Part 3) Here’s a story which I find both interesting and inspirational. It is about a French economist...

Friedman: The Great Depression Caused by the Government

FREE ENTERPRISE ZONE, FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES Milton Friedman, 1962 "The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by...

Bring Back the Gilded Age: Part 1 – Nathan Smith

NATHAN SMITH, FREEMAN In the decades before World War I, sometimes called “the Gilded Age,” institutions in America and Europe were more conducive to progress...

The progressive income tax turns 100

PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Maybe it’s a measure of progressives’ refusal to look back, to always move “forward.” Otherwise, they...

Tax cuts and deficits: Fact vs. fiction

DR. PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES In my previous column, I underscored the 1920s lessons that President Obama and fellow “progressives” need...

The Petrodollar System — Chris Clancy

BY CHRIS CLANCY The Petrodollar System: A Brief Overview: 1974 – 2012 Introduction The petrodollar story has a little bit of everything. Hope, ambition, political intrigue, mystery,...

Chris Clancy: The Worst Has Yet to Come—Part 3

BY CHRIS CLANCY Let’s pick up where we left off at the end of Part 2. In the first half of the 1980s the USD...

Chris Clancy—The Worst Has Yet to Come, Part 2

BY CHRIS CLANCY Let’s continue the story (see Part 1) with yet another quote from Marin Katusa, not only someone who knows what he’s...

That’s Not Kosher: How Four Jewish Butchers Brought Down the First New Deal

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN Jewish-Americans have a long history of finding role models who broke barriers, accomplished great things, or engaged in more mundane acts...

Big Brother Advocates on Both Sides of the Aisle

Steve Farrell, The Moral Liberal Pat Buchanan, writing in his syndicated column today, observes the truth that you newbies to the Big Spending/Big Brother debate...

Foreign Lenders: Friends Indeed to a U.S. Treasury in Need

When the U.S. government wishes to spend more money than it receives as tax revenue, it covers the shortfall by borrowing, and foreign lenders have become increasingly important sources of such borrowed funds. - Robert Higgs

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Instinctive Reaction – Rationalizing Criminal Behavior

BY T.F. STERN Having been around on this spinning planet for quite some time, I thought I’d heard most of the excuses for bad behavior. ...

Why don’t these black lives matter?

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Child labor, human rights abuses and deaths are routinely ignored by Greens and Democrats~ Marathon Petroleum recently announced it will “indefinitely idle” its...

A Temple Experience

BY T.F. STERN My friend David Nell asked if I’d share an experience regarding the Temple, something that could be described as a life altering...

This Old Rocking Chair

BY T.F. STERN When my parents were starting out as a family I remember them having a beautiful black Hitchcock Rocking Chair with its traditional...