George Leef


Posts by George Leef (page 3)

  • Do we need another university research park?

    The UNC Board of Governors thinks we do — at East Carolina. Is this likely to be a great boon to the area — or another boondoggle like the Global Transpark, various convention centers around the state, the Randy Parton Theater and so on? In today’s Pope Center piece,…
    George Leef, August 3, 2015
  • Why leftists dislike Uber

    Leading leftist “thinkers” like Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio have blasted Uber, which is a service that many of their presumed “base” voters use and gives lots of ordinary people an opportunity to make more money using property they own (a vehicle). What’s wrong with that? In this…
    George Leef, August 3, 2015
  • Our banking system was flawed, but we didn’t need the Fed

    So argues Cato monetary expert, Professor George Selgin in this [email protected] post. It’s rather long, but Selgin elegantly explains why the argument that the US just had to turn to central banking early in the 20th century is mistaken. If you want to understand why deregulation in banking would have…
    George Leef, July 29, 2015
  • The naive belief that society should “control technology”

    Lots of Americans believe that “society” should do many things to protect against bad outcomes. Fear that new technology will “destroy jobs” causes people like the writer mentioned below to advocate that government protect us against new technologies. The exchange between one Ms. Lauderdale and Professor Don Boudreaux is enlightening:…
    George Leef, July 24, 2015
  • Obama’s latest power grab to “transform” America

    Statists never run out of reasons to expand government control to dictate how people will live. Obamacare was such an effort, of course. And now another great leap forward is gathering steam in Washington — Obama’s plan to make housing “more fair.” The big idea is to ensure that every…
    George Leef, July 23, 2015
  • What’s being taught in business school?

    Many MBA programs have been criticized as offering little educational value. Often, the faculty members have scant business experience themselves, but are just academics who preach theories about business. That’s bad enough, given the high cost of obtaining the credential, but there is good reason to think that at least…
    George Leef, July 22, 2015
  • How authoritarians make bad use of social media

    It is undoubtedly true that the emergence of social media can help to make the case against big government. It is equally true, however, that the authoritarians who want people to remain in the thrall of the state, obediently paying taxes, following orders, and scorning those who seek to reduce…
    George Leef, July 21, 2015
  • Calling out Bernie Sanders’ foolishness

    Bernie Sanders is said to be surging against Hillary Clinton, as many of the true-believer statists in the Democratic Party swoon for a candidate who sounds more deeply committed to social justice, equality, and other progressive buzzwords. Too bad that few people have pointed out the sheer foolishness of his…
    George Leef, July 14, 2015