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How to encourage voting?

As we read in this Cato@Liberty post by Walter Olson, Los Angeles is considering a plan to encourage people to vote by giving them lottery tickets. Olson comments, “Lottery tickets, paying off in other people’s money, as a reward for voting. That’s a perfect metaphor for the political process, isn’t it?” The lengths to whichContinue Reading

We need big government as a check on big business

That’s another of the cliches of progressivism and Julian Adorney torpedoes it in today’s Freeman piece. Big business and government often cooperate for mutual gain, at the expense of small business, consumers, and the taxpayers.

George Will on our increasingly idiotic government

In his latest column, George Will takes note of a number of disparate events ranging from the violence in Ferguson, MO to the prohibition of cupcakes in schools and finds the common thread — political control that crushes common sense. “Our increasingly ludicrous government lacks adult supervision,” he observes. That’s putting it mildly.

The bad economics of the minimum wage

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a good piece by two young economists that attacks the flawed research purporting to show that raising the minimum wage does only good things. In the letter below, Professor Don Boudreaux comments further. But before getting to Don’s letter, I’d like to say that the best argument against the minimumContinue Reading

The ominous trend toward deputizing America

Iain Murray explores in this Freeman piece another disturbing “Big Brother” trend in America, namely the way the government now coerces private businesses into doing its snooping. The old America in which people could peacefully live their lives without government interference is receding at the speed of light. The Big Brotherism of the modern stateContinue Reading

The impact of World War I on American liberties

In his latest column, Sheldon Richman looks at the impact of World War I on American liberties. The impact, of course, was dreadful. Most of the “progressives” quickly jumped on board the war wagon, seeing it as a means to help achieve their ends of politicizing the country. Also, most conservatives did so because theyContinue Reading

Don Boudreaux takes on the Ex-Im Bank (again)

GMU economics professor Don Boudreaux is one of the most indefatigable opponents of all economic interventionism and has lately added his voice to the opponents of the Export-Import Bank. In the letter below to the Washington Post, he devises a clever way of showing the folly of government support for certain products: Editor, Washington PostContinue Reading

Has the libertarian moment arrived?

In this Freeman piece today, Doug Bandow says that, despite the manifest disasters and waste brought about by big government, the libertarian moment has not arrived. His argument is that the “moment” will never “arrive” but must be fought for in the realm of public opinion, persuading more and more people that the state isContinue Reading

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