Donald Boudreaux

Sanders, Trump & the people's choice

Now that we're in the throes of the presidential primaries, establishmentarian pundits are warning that Democrat voters would be crazy to nominate Bernie Sanders and ...

Social insecurity

An easy case for government intervention requires just one mistaken assumption: Ordinary people cannot take care of themselves as well as government officials will take ...

A gold star for the free market

Suppose that an all-knowing God gave out gold stars to individuals who help other people. Each time a person successfully helps improve the lives of ...

What we 'want' & what we have

The Washington Post reports that a poll of D.C. residents finds "overwhelming" support for a policy of mandatory paid family leave. The poll also finds ...

Economics in many lessons: Reflecting a savagery

Nov. 13, 2015, felt like Sept. 11, 2001. Swirls of different passions and thoughts swell up in the heart and mind. Something powerful within ...

Happy minimum-wage tales unrealistic

I spend a lot of time talking and writing about the minimum wage. I do so because it sears my economist's soul to encounter a ...

Crazy crony notions

An official with General Electric recently tried to get a Wisconsin state official to lie about the effect that the recent shutdown of the U.S. ...

Vote! (Or don't)

I don't vote. This fact gets me into hot water even with many of my libertarian friends. The argument that is typically offered in attempts ...

What economics ultimately is about

The school year has started! Each semester, I introduce an auditorium full of freshmen to economics. Teaching this class is the most rewarding task that ...

Donald J. Boudreaux: Counting his blessings

Recently I underwent a medical procedure. Although minor, the procedure did involve general anesthesia. And while I wasn't very fretful before being put asleep, I ...

The minimum they should do

Putting at risk other people's money and livelihoods is easier than putting at risk your own money and livelihood. Anyone with the power to put ...