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Defining dishonesty downward

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Kathleen Parker’s May 15 Washington Post column is headlined “Jeb Bush’s unfortunate honesty.” The subhead reads “He needs to emulate Hillary Clinton.” Parker’s point is that if Bush wants a serious chance of winning the presidency, he must master the ...

More questions for minimum-wage supporters

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Pressure is mounting for Uncle Sam to raise the minimum wage. A couple of years ago in this space (“Minimum questions about minimum wage”) I posed several questions to those who think that raising the minimum wage is an economically ...

The ‘champion’ ruse

By Donald J. Boudreaux
In the insipid launch of her latest bid for the presidency, Hillary Clinton said, “Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion.” Let’s assume that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is about practical substance rather than political cinema. ...

What’s so

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Josh Billings famously quipped, “The trouble ain’t what people don’t know; it’s what they know that ain’t so.” He was correct, especially as this keen observation applies to history. Everyone knows, for example, that minimum-wage legislation is meant to help ...

What really regulates corporations

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Among the strangest notions ever to be believed by large numbers of adults is the “progressive” notion that private corporations wield vast and socially destructive powers to the extent that they aren’t regulated in fine detail by government. This notion ...

Looking beyond money

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Misleading stereotypes distort political discourse. For example, “liberals” are presumed to champion personal choice, yet they take no back seat to conservatives in supporting nanny-state restrictions. Whether you applaud or oppose government intrusions into the likes of people’s dietary and ...

Henry G. Manne (1928-2015)

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Another giant of economic and legal scholarship has fallen. Henry Manne died on Jan. 17. He was 86 and vigorous until the very end. Henry was dean emeritus of the George Mason University School of Law. During his 10 years ...

Adam Smith’s wisdom

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Since 2013, I’ve taught an annual seminar at George Mason University on Adam Smith’s monumental 1776 book, “An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” — the book that is commonly and correctly credited with launching ...

Who worries about income inequality?

By Donald J. Boudreaux 11:21 a.m.
I’ve never worried about income inequality. It’s not that I’ve not worried much about it; I’ve not worried about it at all . Income inequality — like the color of my neighbor’s car or the question ...

Seeing with reason

By Donald J. Boudreaux
A frequent complaint about economics is that the failure of most economists to predict the 2008 financial crisis means that economics isn’t really scientific. It’s true that most economists didn’t predict the crisis, but the ability to make such specific ...

Some New Year’s advice

By Donald J. Boudreaux
The New Year is a time to resolve to break bad habits. So as we ring in 2015, here are some bad habits that I wish government would break. • Minimum-wage legislation. If government were to break this nasty ...

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