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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...

Chapter Eight – “Take It Easy Chris, Just Take It Easy”

By Chris Clancy Chapter Eight – “Take It Easy Chris, Just Take It Easy” When I got the job at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law...

System Failure on a Global Scale

By Alan Caruba We are living in times when the structures involving the global financial system, national security, and self-governance are under attack, decaying, or...

Cut Loose at Fifty — Chapter Seven

By Chris Clancy Chapter Seven – The Calm Before the Storm I arrived in Wuhan in the first week of July 2005. The FAO met me...

A Simple Solution

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Richard Fulmer There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong. —H. L. Mencken I have...

Franklin—The Price of Corn

Democratic Thinker, American Thought While in England prior to the Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, writing under to pseudonym Arator, favors farmers being abused by the newspapers...

A Ulititarian Foundation of Morality

Daniel James Sanchez, Mises.org In Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War, the rhetorical orations of ancient Greek statesmen often alternated between appealing to honor and...

Of Malice and Straw Men

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman We libertarians must be onto something. Why else would critics work so hard to construct straw men to...

The World is Having a Nervous Breakdown

By Alan Caruba If one has been in the habit of reading history then the events of the past and of the present inform each...

Cut Loose at Fifty: Goodbye DJK

By Chris Clancy China Series: Chapter 6 Someone once said to me that when an employee starts thinking about his pension, he’s had it. He might...

Hard Reading Made Easy

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Traveling around the country I find that more and more people have an urge to pry into such difficult subjects...