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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
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 ...

More choice, less democracy

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Nearly everyone takes offense at being told that his vote will not determine the outcome of an election. But taking offense to this fact is akin to taking offense to gravity or to the multiplication tables: Reality is what it ...

Significant insignificance

By Donald J. Boudreaux
In a nation of 317 million people and in a global economy of billions, each typical action of an individual can be described as “insignificant.” But significant differences separate different kinds of insignificance. Consider your most recent purchase of toothpaste. ...

Politics’ rationally irrational nature

By Donald J. Boudreaux
A political ad that ran on TV in Alabama during the fall of 1982 featured a candidate earnestly promising “More Jobs and Less Crime.” What a courageous statesman! Only the bravest of the brave would promise such outcomes. The candidate never ...

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