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The Welfare State Needs Abolition, Not “Reform”

Conservatives should fight to repeal, not streamline, the bloated welfare state DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Conservatives should fight to repeal, not streamline, the bloated welfare state The...

The Welfare State Needs Abolition, Not "Reform"

Conservatives should fight to repeal, not streamline, the bloated welfare state DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Conservatives should fight to repeal, not streamline, the bloated welfare state The...

Washington Should Make Foreign Policy for Americans, Not Foreign Liberals

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Washington’s actions abroad affect the size and power of Washington at home. “War is the health of the state,” declared social...

American People Must Tell Politicians No More War

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE American foreign policy is a bipartisan failure. The U.S. must intervene everywhere all the time, irrespective of consequences? No matter how disastrous...

Afghanistan as Narco-State: End The International Drug War

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE The U.S. government has failed to stop the drug trade at home. Washington also has not created a competent, effective, and...

Veterans Need Choice in Choosing Health Care

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Medical care for veterans has become Washington’s latest scandal du jour.  Those injured while serving their country deserve prompt, quality medical...

The Progressive Income Tax

Backed by the envious, used by the greedy DOUG BANDOW, THE FREEMAN Most Americans dislike the income tax, now more than a century old. The rates...

Sebelius Sticks American People With Higher Costs, Fewer Choices, and Lost Jobs

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Congress passed the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act four years ago.  It was a signal political achievement.  Alas,...

Washington Should Not Risk War over Ukraine

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Russia’s brazen annexation of Crimea has generated a flood of proposals to reinvigorate NATO. Doing so would make America less...

Nigeria’s Moment

A visit to a West African nations reveals tragic failure, yet great potential. DOUG BANDOW, THE FREEMAN ABUJA, NIGERIA—Arriving in Abuja, Nigeria results in an almost...

Nigeria's Moment

A visit to a West African nations reveals tragic failure, yet great potential. DOUG BANDOW, THE FREEMAN ABUJA, NIGERIA—Arriving in Abuja, Nigeria results in an almost...

When Tolerance Becomes Intolerance

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Individual liberty took another hit with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of legislation enhancing protection for people’s religious principles while...

Save the Elephants: Sell Ivory

BY DOUG BANDOW, THE FREEMAN For many people free markets seem cold and calculating. Maybe it’s the best way to sell, say, automobiles and soap....

The Tyranny of Good Intentions

BY DOUG BANDOW, THE FREEMAN If logic decided policy in Washington, federal spending would be low, the budget would be balanced, the benefits of regulations...

The Self-Congratulation of the Public Servant

DOUG BANDOW, THE FREEMAN In January, California Democrat Pete Stark finished 40 years in Congress. The 81-year-old proclaimed himself pleased with the half of his...

Indivisible Liberty: Personal, Political, and Economic

DOUG BANDOW, THE FREEMAN Almost everyone is for freedom. At least they say they’re for freedom. Politicians wax eloquent when talking about America’s liberties in...