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Libertarian Porn, Part II

Libertarian Porn, Part II

Back in 2010, I shared a video that predicted a catastrophic end to the welfare state. I said it was an example of “Libertarian Porn” because: …it is designed for the dark… Read more »

Bill Gates Is Half-Right about Tax Reform

Bill Gates Is Half-Right about Tax Reform

I generally get very suspicious when rich people start pontificating on tax policy. People like Warren Buffett, for instance, sometimes advocate higher taxes because they’re trying to curry favor with the political… Read more »

Great Moments in Government Thuggery

Great Moments in Government Thuggery

Two years ago, I shared a video about the Environmental Protection Agency’s brutal and thuggish tactics against an Idaho family. That story had a very happy ending because the Supreme Court struck… Read more »

Help the Poor by Focusing on Growth Rather than Inequality

Help the Poor by Focusing on Growth Rather than Inequality

The political left obviously hopes that it can score political points by pitching some Americans against others with a campaign based on income inequality and class warfare taxation. Is there any… Read more »

Denmark’s Party Boat and the Ever-Expanding Welfare State

Denmark’s Party Boat and the Ever-Expanding Welfare State

My all-time most-viewed blog post wasn’t the parable about beer and the tax system. Nor was it the joke about California, Texas, and the Coyote. Those won the silver and bronze trophies. The… Read more »

Ukraine’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Putin, It’s Putinonomics

Ukraine’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Putin, It’s Putinonomics

With Crimea potentially breaking away from Ukraine and the ongoing risk of conflict, it’s time to revisit the topic. I explained a few weeks ago that decentralization was one way of defusing… Read more »

Secret Videotape of Obama Cabinet Meeting Unveiled!

Secret Videotape of Obama Cabinet Meeting Unveiled!

The headline of this post might not be completely honest. Indeed, if you asked me to grade the accuracy of my title, I’ll admit right away that it falls into… Read more »

Washington’s Real Motto

Washington’s Real Motto

The official motto of the United States is “In God We Trust.” The official motto of Washington, DC, is “Justitia Omnibus,” which means “Justice for All.” These are nice statements,… Read more »

Can Government Help Workers by Making Them More Expensive?

Can Government Help Workers by Making Them More Expensive?

I wish there was a magic wand that somebody could wave and all of us would have more money. Or maybe Santa Claus could play that role, or some version of… Read more »

Sweden, Spending Restraint, and the Benefits of Obeying Fiscal Policy’s Golden Rule

Sweden, Spending Restraint, and the Benefits of Obeying Fiscal Policy’s Golden Rule

When I first started working on fiscal policy in the 1980s, I never thought I would consider Sweden any sort of role model. It was the quintessential cradle-to-grave welfare state,… Read more »