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Income Inequality and Guilt-Ridden Leftists

Income Inequality and Guilt-Ridden Leftists

Our leftist friends have decided that income inequality is a scourge that must be addressed. That might be a noble goal if they were motivated by a desire to improve the lives… Read more »

Be Thankful for Capitalism and Rich Entrepreneurs

Be Thankful for Capitalism and Rich Entrepreneurs

In previous columns, I’ve explained why a wealth tax is a very bad idea. And I’ve also pontificated on why leftists are wrong to pursue policies of coerced equality. So it goes without saying that I’m… Read more »

Worried About Inequality? Then Focus on Helping the Poor, not Punishing the Rich

Worried About Inequality? Then Focus on Helping the Poor, not Punishing the Rich

I haven’t spent much time writing about Thomas Piketty’s inequality book for the simple reason that my goal is economic liberty, not equality. That being said, I think that Piketty… Read more »

Global Trends in Economic Freedom

Global Trends in Economic Freedom

I’m in Vancouver, Canada, for the biennial meeting of the World Taxpayers Associations. I gave a speech on why tax competition is a valuable force to constrain the greed of the… Read more »

More Evidence that Big Government Doesn’t Work: Unambiguously Awful Employment Numbers

More Evidence that Big Government Doesn’t Work: Unambiguously Awful Employment Numbers

On many occasions, I’ve explained that economic output is a function of how much labor and capital are productively utilized. This is why I relentlessly criticize policies that undermine GDP growth by… Read more »

France Wipes Out on the Laffer Curve

France Wipes Out on the Laffer Curve

If you appreciate the common-sense notion of the Laffer Curve, you’re in for a treat. Today’s column will discuss the revelation that Francois Hollande’s class-warfare tax hikes have not raised nearly as much… Read more »

The Perplexing Durability of Keynesian Economics

The Perplexing Durability of Keynesian Economics

Keynesian economics is a failure. It didn’t work for Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s. It didn’t work for Japan in the 1990s. And it didn’t work for Bush or Obama in recent years. No matter where’s it’s… Read more »

Will Chile’s Politicians Ruin the Latin Tiger?

Will Chile’s Politicians Ruin the Latin Tiger?

here aren’t any nations with pure libertarian economic policy, but there are a handful of jurisdictions that deserve praise, either because they have comparatively low levels of statism or because… Read more »

Let Markets Work, even for Folks Who Want to Buy and Sell Human Organs

Let Markets Work, even for Folks Who Want to Buy and Sell Human Organs

Back in 2011, I shared a video making the moral argument that adults should be allowed to buy and sell kidneys. After all, if one person is made better off by selling… Read more »

Say It Ain’t So, Doug! Holtz-Eakin’s Misguided Defense of the Export-Import Bank

Say It Ain’t So, Doug! Holtz-Eakin’s Misguided Defense of the Export-Import Bank

Former CBO Director and now American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin is a solid economist and champion of pro-growth tax policy. But no one is perfect, as illustrated in this… Read more »