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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 »

The VA Health Scandal Is about Government Incompetence, not Inadequate Funding

The VA Health Scandal Is about Government Incompetence, not Inadequate Funding

I’ve never been susceptible to the claim that you solve problems with taxpayer money. Indeed, this amusing poster is a pretty good summary of my views on the effectiveness of government spending…. 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 »

Gun Control and Mass Shootings

Gun Control and Mass Shootings

Well, another loser killed a bunch of people, this time in Santa Barbara, California. Which gives gun control zealots an opportunity to seize upon the tragedy to recycle their calls… 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 Department of Agriculture Deserves the Death Penalty

The Department of Agriculture Deserves the Death Penalty

I believe in free markets and small government, and I’m also against Washington corruption. Which is why I want to abolish the Department of Agriculture. And I suspect all sensible people will agree… 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 »