Montana to Remove Middle Man, Liberating the Market from Obamacare This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Health care has been a hot button issue for years. Ever since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as Obamacare — a […]
Abstract: Thomas C. Leonard presents an intellectual history of the Progressive Era from the perspective of economists. It is hard to understate the influence this group had in developing Progressive ideas. Leonard brilliantly details how Progressive economists wielded enormous influence not only in spreading ideas about traditional economic concepts, but also ideas and theories that influenced […]
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George Borjas of Harvard University and author of We Wanted Workers talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about immigration and the challenges of measuring the impact of increased immigration on American workers a…
Maryland Lawmakers Closer to Legalizing Recreational Weed This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Maryland could soon join the group of states putting an end to the federal ban on marijuana by passing a piece of legislation that would legalize the substance for recreational […]
How would roads be operated and financed in the ideal libertarian world? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Question: How would roads be operated and financed in the ideal libertarian world? How would traffic violations, actions which may be victimless crimes but would be […]
Abstract: This note evaluates the claim of Steven Pinker in The Better Angels of Our Nature that the advent of strong states led to a decline in violence. I test this claim in the modern context, measuring the effect of the strength of government in lower-income countries on reductions in homicide rates. The strength of […]
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Go Around This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Frequently, I hear from libertarians about some of the issues they face when performing outreach activities or communicating libertarian ideas. Often, they come to roadblocks that they can’t seem to get past. In the marketplace, […]
When India suddenly told citizens to swap out their old cash for new cash, the impact was devastating. Jim Dorn explains.
Email Company Targeted Over Snowden Relaunches Offering Greater Privacy This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Lavabit became a household name after former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden made the public aware of the U.S. government’s mass spying programs. At the time, […]
Do libertarians favor gun control? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. QUESTION: I am unclear on the libertarian stand on gun control and crime. Should there be gun control in a libertarian society? And if so, how much? MY SHORT ANSWER: Firearms, like fists, can […]
President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders have some strong parallels in their populism. John Samples comments.
No Property Rights: CO Supreme Court Allows Cops to Destroy Seized Pot This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that police are allowed to destroy marijuana seized in criminal investigations, reversing the requirement that police store marijuana as […]
(2017-01-23 6:30, Podcast Episode)
How did heroin spread beyond big cities in America? What’s the connection between heroin and America’s opioid problem? Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the explosion i…
Barack Obama expressed concerns about “leaving a loaded weapon lying around” for future presidents to wield. And then he did exactly that. Gene Healy comments on the outgoing President’s aggrandizement of the Oval Office.
Where Is Your Compassion And Understanding? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. How are we different? For many, we have the understanding that nothing can be in the best interest of everyone, save the freedom to decide for ourselves. There is no “one […]
(2017-01-18 4:18, EconTalk Extra) There has been a lot of talk lately about the idea of a basic income guarantee, or BIG, which has garnered support from across the ideological spectrum. In this week’s EconTalk episode, host Russ Roberts welcomes bac…
The 7,500 mile journey from China to London along the “new Silk Road” signals a new era of trade between those countries. U.S. officials should take the hint. Christine Guluzian comments.
Are You A Disciplined Libertarian? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. When I say the word discipline, what is the first thing to comes to mind? For many of us, it has to do with punishment. Unfortunately, those in favor of Big Government […]
The world lost the great civil libertarian, journalist, and Cato scholar Nat Hentoff last week. Scott Bullock comments on his several legacies.
The “border adjustment tax” may be a move to head off a possible trade war undertaken by President-elect Trump. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell discuss the risks and opportunities of such a plan, and alternatives that should be on the table.
Without Congress, just what can a President do to disrupt trading relationships? How far can the President go toward raising the price of products that Americans want? Daniel J. Ikenson comments on executive power and international trade.
What makes firms decide where to locate new production facilities? What is the role of the American tax and regulatory environments in attracting production facilities? Dan Pearson comments.
Can the specter of a President-elect threatening companies with punitive taxes really make the U.S. a better place to invest? Simon Lester comments.
With Wilbur Ross at Commerce, Peter Navarro at the new National Trade Council, and Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative, Donald Trump has assembled a team aimed at protecting U.S. industry from competition. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell comment.
Barack Obama will have served as President during eight continuous years of war. Ben Friedman comments.
Banning speech doesn’t stop terrorism, and for some people such bans can make radical, disfavored ideologies more attractive. Flemming Rose comments.
President-elect Donald Trump makes many statements via social media and off-mic about America’s plans for nuclear weapons, but it’s not clear what they mean. Ben Friedman comments.
How states choose to comply with the Affordable Care Act can make a difference for taxpayers. Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute makes his case.