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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.

Keep carbon taxes in the ground

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Permanently bury these job-killing proposals, after pounding wooded stakes through their hearts~ The House of Representatives recently passed a sense of Congress resolution...

Finally! Some fuel economy common sense

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~But Greens go apoplectic over rule change that would have no climate or other benefits~ Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards were devised...

Multilateral anti-Development Banks

BY PAUL DRIESSEN and DAVID WOJICK ~USA finances prolonged poverty, misery, disease, and death through international banks~ “Foreign Operations” appropriation bills now working their way through...

Keep it in the ground … by blocking pipelines

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~If they can’t stop energy development, they block pipeline transport (and get unexpected help)~ Image:Pipe stacked for Mountain Valley Pipeline courtesy of MVP,...

500 days of unleashing our economic engine

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Amazing growth – while protecting environment, health and welfare from actual threats~ The “mainstream media” remains riveted on alleged Trump-Russian collusion and how...

Speculative climate chaos v. indisputable fossil fuel benefits

BY PAUL DRIESSEN and ROGER BEZDEK ~Federal judge tells climate litigants to tally the numerous blessings from fossil fuels since 1859~ Judge William Alsup has a...

The double standards industry

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Concerns over impacts from energy projects disappear where “green” energy is involved~ It’s a good thing environmentalists have double standards – or they...

Hidden Cost of Immigration Crackdown

BY BOB BARR Stan Marek can’t find men to hire. The work is there; an abundance of it as the housing market continues rebounding from...

Federal Fuel Foolishness

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government imposes a mandate to blend ethanol into gasoline. This “Renewable Fuel Standard” harms consumers, damages the economy, and...

Those fraudulent climate litigation shakedowns

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Which aspects are most fraudulent? The cities’ lawsuits, junk science or bond offerings?~ The ultra liberal enclaves of New York City and San...

Our next energy and security crisis?

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Importing 65% of US oil in 2005 vs 100% of many key minerals now (from China and Russia)~ Oil and natural gas aren’t...

The EB-5 Visa Program Creates American Jobs And It Deserves Reauthorization

BY BOB BARR Every once in a while — some would say in a long, long while — the federal government comes up with a...

Lease the OCS – to benefit all Americans

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~An informed decision-making process will safely produce energy that belongs to all Americans~ Under the current offshore energy program developed during the Obama...

Just Say NO to High Speed Rail

BY T.F. STERN My wife and I own property on the north side of Houston and another piece of property half way between Dallas and...

Frigid cold is why we need dependable energy

~Cheap, abundant coal is key to national security, warm homes and wintertime survival~ (Image courtesy of National Geographic Society) By Tom Harris Recent record-setting low temperatures have...

The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Ex-Grassley aide will now help Big Corn and Big Biodiesel retain their mandates and subsidies~ Yet another congressional aide is about to pass...

Who’s “Protected” by Tariffs?

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 11 A mere recital of the economic policies of governments all over the world is calculated to cause...

The Fetish of Full Employment

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 10 The economic goal of any nation, as of any individual, is to get the greatest results with...

Disbanding Troops and Bureaucrats

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 9 When, after every great war, it is proposed to demobilize the armed forces, there is always a...

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...
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Larry Reed – “The Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy”

Lawrence W. Reed is President of the Foundation for Economic Education and the author of the book Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage,...

The Free Market Beats Government Planning Every Time

BY WALTER WILLIAMS One of the most challenging and important jobs for an economics professor is to teach students how little we know and can...

Renewable energy – by royal decree!

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Or at least by paper certificate, as St. Louis city council raises electricity costs for poor families~ In 2016, Missouri generated 96.5% 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...

Credit Diverts Production

BY HENRY HAZLIT Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 6   Government “encouragement” to business is sometimes as much to be feared as government hostility. This supposed encouragement...

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...

Benjamin Constant, Eloquent Defender of Freedom

DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE Today is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Constant, a prominent French liberal in the postrevolutionary era, whom Isaiah Berlin called “the most...

BIZARRE “Inequality” Protest

BY ALLEN WEST As predicted, it was a rough college football Saturday for me. The third Saturday in October is an SEC tradition, Tennessee versus...

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,...