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The Shutdown’s Real Lesson

Government Has Taken Hostage Too Much of the Economy CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE This article appeared on MarketWatch on January 10, 2019. We are in the third week of...

Punitive Marginal Tax Rates and A Partial Appeal to The Economics Literature

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit headlines last week for advocating marginal income tax rates “as high as 60% or 70%” on those earning...

Spending More on Debt than Defense

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON The financial health of the federal government has been deteriorating for decades. Unable to break free from our bipartisan addiction to...

Pilgrims experimented with Communism … and Rejected It!

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER High winds and treacherous tides along North America's coast blew the Pilgrims 500 miles off course, preventing them from joining...

Trump on Trade: The Latest on the Tariff Strategy

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON When I commented in March about President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on imported steel, I was hoping that he would back...

High-Priced College Textbooks: Uncle Sam to the Rescue 

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON If you are a college student, professor, or bookstore employee, you know how jarringly expensive college textbooks are. It isn’t unusual...

President Trump’s Proposed Tariffs

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on imported aluminum is...

Spread The-Work Schemes

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 8 I have referred to various union make-work and featherbed practices. These practices, and the public toleration of...

The Curse of Machinery

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 7   Among the most viable of all economic delusions is the belief that machines on net balance create...

Taxes Discourage Production

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 5 There is a still further factor which makes it improbable that the wealth...

Public Works Mean Taxes

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 4 There is no more persistent and influential faith in the world today than the...

Henry Hazlit—The Blessings of Destruction

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Part 2, Chapter 3 So we have finished with the broken window. An elementary fallacy. Anybody,...

The Lesson Applied: The Broken Window

BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Part 2, Chapter 2 Let us begin with the simplest illustration possible: let us, emulating Bastiat,...

Can Regulation Keep Up With Accumulating Knowledge?

DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE What some doctors say about regulating the treatment of sepsis has much broader application. Sepsis, an often lethal reaction to infection...

Bernie is Blind to Compassion Without Compulsion

BY CHRISTOPHER MACHOLD During the confirmation hearings for Representative Tom Price’s appointment as Health and Human Services Secretary, Bernie Sanders took aim at Price’s claim...

Bastiat: The Gentle and Rough Hand of the State

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Many today look to the state for for a hand up, hand out, or for some other sort of privilege...

“The Law” Begins with God

by Steve Farrell Sometimes secularism sounds legitimate. One of the more thoughtful arguments used by proponents of a secular state, or of a state that mandates...

Liberty and Taxes

THE AMERICANIST: U.S. CONSTITUTION, BRADFORD SMITH Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, March 01, 1963 The American society is founded on the idea of individual liberty....

The Defamation of the American Tradition

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date November 01, 1962 Many of the departures from the American tradition came...

I Prefer Security to Freedom

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 12 Many people wander unwittingly into socialism, gulled by assumptions they have not tested. One popular...