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Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic forecasting firm DRI/McGraw-Hill. It was fun work, but...

Talking Taxes with Rep. Ralph Hall

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Rep. Ralph Hall is in the news for losing to a primary challenger in his Texas district. I first met 91-year-old...

Rubio Takes on the Social Security Challenge

ROMINA BOCCIA, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Last week, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., did something most politicians shy away from completely: He suggested reforming the Social Security program...

The Golden Rule of Spending Restraint

DANIEL J. MITCHELL, CATO INSTITUTE My tireless (and probably annoying) campaign to promote my Golden Rule of spending restraint is bearing fruit. The good folks at...

Chew on This: Georgia Dentists Fight Tooth and Nail to Preserve Monopoly

LIBERTY ALERT, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—Should you go to jail, or face thousands of dollars in fines, simply for selling over-the-counter teeth-whitening products and...

Um, Scarcity?

SANDY IKEDA, THE FREEMAN The new mayor of New York wants to make city streets safer. According to The New York Times: Mayor Bill de Blasio...

Economics in Academia – Chris Clancy

BY CHRIS CLANCY The following story is told for purely selfish reasons. The purpose is to illustrate and share the misery which so many students of...

Chris Clancy: Pop Tarts and Potato Chips

BY CHRIS CLANCY Before the emergence of the welfare state, some help was available for those in need – real need. It was provided voluntarily...

Cut Loose at Fifty: Chapter 24–Some Names on a Rock

BY CHRIS CLANCY May 2010. We got the new high speeed train from Wuhan to Xianfan. Absolutely beautiful. Fast, spacious, clean and comfortable. The journey only...

Cut Loose at Fifty: Chapter 23 – A Novel Approach

BY CHRIS CLANCY (February/March 2009.) Off we went again. On a professional level, this semester would be the most complete and rewarding one of my...

Race, Politics, and Justice

By Alan Caruba When I heard the Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announce that second degree murder charges would be brought against George Zimmerman, my...

Buffett Rule 101

MIKE BROWNFIELD, HERITAGE FOUNDATION President Obama traveled to Florida yesterday to distract the nation from its real problems by laying out his case for the...

Putting Useless Government Requirements to Rest

ECONOMIC LIBERTY, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—May the government force entrepreneurs to do useless things, like build extra rooms in their stores that they do...

The Keynesian Cure for Hunger: Eat More

RICHARD W. FULMER, THE FREEMAN Sylvia Nasar, author of New York Times bestseller, A Beautiful Mind, has a new book: Grand Pursuit: The Story of...

Chapter Twelve – Trouble Brewing

By Chris Clancy The presentations began in week three of the second semester I knew from past experience, that if students are told to give a...

The Ultimate Consumer Protection

Texas Straight Talk with Ron Paul This week, partisan games in Washington reached a fevered pitch as Congress acted to prevent recess appointments, yet the administration...

FIRE Intervenes at Harvard after Economics Professor Fired

Liberty Alerts, TheFIRE.org Today, FIRE has asked Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) to reverse its action against a controversial economics professor after it canceled all...

Chapter Eleven – Telling An English Joke in Chinese

By Chris Clancy The second semester got off to smooth start – a good job as well - because the first half of it proved...

Chapter Ten – Something Completely Different

By Chris Clancy January 2006. The first semester at ZUEL finished. I was told that the department was very happy with my performance. As a reward...

Chapter Nine – Not Much Beats a Good Story

By Chris Clancy Chapter Nine – Not Much Beats a Good Story Here’s a question for those of us in the West who went on to...

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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...

Food Security in a Post-Covid World

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~European Conservatives and Reformists Party hosts another ‘Europe Debates’ webinar~ US-EU trade talks are already stalled over agriculture issues. And yet the European...

Sharing an Important Message

BY T.F. STERN You might recall a wonderful black and white movie from the early 1950s, The Day the Earth Stood Still, with Michael Rennie playing...

Manners, Morality and Today’s Civil Unrest

WESLEY SMITH, ACLJ Sitting in traffic this week, I noticed a decal on the rear window of a car in front of me.  It read: ...