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From No Government to All Government: How Do You Score on the Circle Test?

From No Government to All Government: How Do You Score on the Circle Test?

It’s not as sophisticated as Professor Bryan Caplan’s Purity Quiz and it doesn’t have the simple elegance of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, but at least you don’t need to answer any questions… Read more »

No More Stealing by Government? A Long-Overdue Attack on Asset Forfeiture

No More Stealing by Government? A Long-Overdue Attack on Asset Forfeiture

Since I’m a public finance economist, I realize I’m supposed to focus on big-picture issues such as tax reform and entitlement reform. And I do beat those issues to death, so I obviously… Read more »

Copy Sweden or Greece? Learning from the Global Economic Experiment

Copy Sweden or Greece? Learning from the Global Economic Experiment

While theory is important, I suspect most people are more likely to be convinced by real-world evidence. This is why I frequently compare nations when arguing that free markets and small… Read more »

Free Markets vs. Racism

Free Markets vs. Racism

Although I play basketball (poorly), I’m not a fan of the NBA. As such, I don’t pretend to have much interest in the Donald Sterling controversy. Some people have wondered… Read more »

The Economics of Creative Destruction

The Economics of Creative Destruction

In the battle of ideas, supporters of capitalism and economic liberty sometimes face an uphill climb because of a perception of heartlessness. When companies get in trouble, we’re the mean… Read more »

A Taxapalooza: More Taxpayer-Subsidized Agitation for Class Warfare by the OECD

A Taxapalooza: More Taxpayer-Subsidized Agitation for Class Warfare by the OECD

I’ve already written about how the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is heavily subsidized by American taxpayers, is advocating for bigger government. I’m especially irked that the… Read more »

Like Father, Like Son: Thanks in Part to a Disastrous Tax-Hike Deal, the First President Bush Was a Statist

Like Father, Like Son: Thanks in Part to a Disastrous Tax-Hike Deal, the First President Bush Was a Statist

The establishment fervently believes that more money should come to Washington so that politicians have greater ability to buy votes. That’s why statists from both parties are so viscerally hostile to Grover Norquist’s… Read more »

Repeal the Gas Tax…and Get Rid of the Department of Transportation

Repeal the Gas Tax…and Get Rid of the Department of Transportation

More than three years ago, I wrote that the Department of Transportation should be dismantled for the simple reason that we’ll get better roads at lower cost with the federalist approach of returning responsibility… Read more »

The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Entitlement Programs

The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Entitlement Programs

The Census Bureau just released a report on America’s aging population. The big takeaway is that our population will be getting much older between now and 2050. And since I’m a baby… Read more »

Laughing at Another Spectacular Obamacare Failure

Laughing at Another Spectacular Obamacare Failure

As you can imagine, there’s a lot to choose from in the contest for the most spectacular waste of tax dollars. But the politicians in Oregon must really want the prize,… Read more »