Fergus Hodgson

Director of fiscal policy studies at the John Locke Foundation, policy advisor with The Future of Freedom Foundation, and host of <a href="http://thestatelessman.com/">The Stateless Man</a> radio show on the Overseas Radio Network. Although born in New Zealand, he now bases himself in the United States. You can follow him on twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/FergHodgson">@FergHodgson</a> (en español <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/Fergusito">@Fergusito</a>).

Posts by Fergus Hodgson (page 1)

  • A classic from Thomas Sowell: Government statistics

    You have to laugh to keep from crying.
    Fergus Hodgson, November 15, 2012
  • Four consecutive years and going strong: Trillion dollar plus deficits

    The federal government has run more than $1 trillion deficits for each of the past four fiscal years, as Veronique de Rugy of the Mercatus Center has shown in graphical form. Keep in mind, this is using the federal government’s own misleading cash-basis accounting and does not include…
    Fergus Hodgson, November 6, 2012
  • Students for Liberty keeps on growing!

    This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Students for Liberty regional conference at UNC-Chapel Hill, and here is a short news clip that one of the other attendees prepared. The key insight I draw from this event is that knowledge of and confidence in libertarianism is growing…
    Fergus Hodgson, November 5, 2012
  • Another year, another tax increase for North Carolina’s employers

    Given that the state remains delinquent with its Unemployment Insurance system—$2.5 billion delinquent and third worst in the nation—it will fail to meet a November 10 deadline for repayment. The consequence of not resolving this is a mandatory tax increase on employers and continued interest payments. For each…
    Fergus Hodgson, October 29, 2012
  • More stumbling and cronyism from North Carolina’s treasurer

    Back in April, I wrote of Janet Cowell’s conflicts of interest and underperformance in her role as state treasurer. Well, the damning news keeps coming in, as reported by Carolina Liberty PAC, the News & Observer, the Civitas Review, and even the Washington Examiner.
    Fergus Hodgson, October 29, 2012
  • Warning from a Danish expatriate!

    Last week, the founder and CEO of Saxo Bank spoke at UNC-Chapel Hill on the dangers of European socialism, based on his experience with Denmark. He has now migrated to Switzerland, given fears that an exit would grow increasingly difficult as more productive individuals leave and exit taxes rise. The…
    Fergus Hodgson, October 22, 2012
  • Digesting Cato’s fiscal report card on governors and Perdue’s C grade

    Last week, the Cato Institute released its biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2012. There is a lot in this one, but it measures actions since 2010 and ranks governors based on whether they have increased or decreased taxation and spending. It also includes some consideration for whether…
    Fergus Hodgson, October 22, 2012
  • Coming to grips with less economic freedom: Interview on Free Markets with Mike Beitler

    After a column in the Carolina Journal on the sorry state of freedom in the United States—as highlighted by a recent ranking—I went on Mike Beitler’s show and discuss what to do now. Do tune in (59 minutes), and don’t hesitate to email me feedback.
    Fergus Hodgson, October 18, 2012