Steven Horwitz

Is Being Less Productive Good for Humanity?

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN It is not often that one comes across an article, especially one in arguably the most important newspaper in the country,...

Horwitz: Debating the Stimulus

Avoid the GDP distraction STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN With the election season in full swing, we can expect economic issues to be at the forefront of...

Who Plans Best for Natural Disasters?

Private firms or government agencies? STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN As Hurricane Isaac rakes the U.S. Gulf Coast, it’s worth reminding ourselves who really plans well for...

Droughts, Famines, and Markets

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN Why crop failures need not starve anyone. As I write, many high school students all over the United States, my daughter included,...

It’s Not a Black-and-White World

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN Find the good among the bad. Last Saturday night I attended Sarah Skwire’s “Evening at FEE.” In her excellent lecture, Skwire, a...

Remembering Heroes of Darker Days

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN The FEE library and keepers of of the Austrian flame. I had the great fortune to spend last week teaching at the...

Economics Is Not Materialist

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN One accusation made against economists, and particularly those of us strongly inclined to support free markets, is that we only, or...

Thoughts on Obamacare, Part III

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN Break the link between employment and insurance. In the first two installments of this series (here and here), I argued that libertarians...

Sunk Costs: There’s No Crying Over Spilled Milk

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan is fond of saying, “It takes varied reiterations to force alien concepts on unwilling minds.” That...

That’s Not Kosher: How Four Jewish Butchers Brought Down the First New Deal

STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN Jewish-Americans have a long history of finding role models who broke barriers, accomplished great things, or engaged in more mundane acts...

Equal Pay Day: Some Thoughts

Steven Horwitz, The Freeman Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, designed to point out the lingering gap between men’s and women’s earnings. Depending on which group...

The Problem with Privatization

It's about competition. STEVEN HORWITZ, THE FREEMAN Classical liberals commonly favor “privatization” of many government activities.  Their case, of course, is that the private sector would...

Not Just What, But How

ECONOMIC THEORY, STEVEN HORWITZ There are a variety of ways to look at the fundamental problem that all economies must solve. One way is to...

There is No Great Stagnation: Coffee Edition

Stephen Horwitz, The Freeman In a previous column I took on Tyler Cowen’s argument that the last few decades have been a period of “stagnation,”...

Rhetoric, Reality, and the Recession

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Steven Horwitz An enduring question about the lagging economic recovery is why so many Progressives continue to insist that more...

The Expanding Sphere of Opportunities

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Steven Horwitz In earlier columns and other writing I have tried to emphasize that an excessive focus on economic aggregates...

The Tax-the-Rich Truth Squad

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Steven Horwitz President Obama has unveiled his so-called deficit reduction plan.  Besides spending cuts that aren’t really cuts, he has...

Natural Disasters and Disastrous Economics

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Steven Horwitz With both an earthquake and a hurricane in the same week, it’s not just natural disaster season, it’s...

Giving Back

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Steven Horwitz Over the course of the recent debt-ceiling debate, one argument made in favor of raising taxes on the...

A Battle that Everyone Wins

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Steven Horwitz The battle is on. No, it’s not Hayek-Keynes Round Three (as much as we might hope for that...