Given any quantifiable standard, freedom and private property have proven themselves superior to planning, bureaucracy, and the welfare state. As the great laissez-faire economist Jean-Baptiste Say wrote in 1803, “Nothing can be more idle than the opposition of theory to practice!” Say’s message is as clear now as it was then: the mechanics of liberty work precisely because they respect our individual rights.
With all the talk of America’s forgotten middle class, it’s worth taking time as we begin a new year to consider that the country’s seeming obsession with wealth and inequality may instead be turning the U. S. into a country with only two classes: the governed and the governing.
My essay at RealClearPolitics yesterday sparked several responses. But 2,000 words is insufficient when it comes to outlining a dynamic shift in the political construct, and there will be more to[…]
[First posted at Ricochet.] My June 15 post clearly struck a nerve with several of you, both libertarian and non-libertarian. I’d like to engage in a bit of follow-up to clarify[…]
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The debt ceiling crisis is rightly sucking almost all of the oxygen in the arena of public debate. So it’s remarkable that The Washington Post’s George Will dedicated his Friday[…]
Heartland Institute friend Darren Nelson (an Aussie living in Wisconsin) shares with us an interesting post from the libertarian Mises Institute about a now-infamous December piece in New York magazine[…]