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Donald J. Boudreaux: Counting his blessings

By Donald J. Boudreaux
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 confess to reflecting a bit more philosophically than I normally do on my life. “What ...

The minimum they should do

By Donald J. Boudreaux
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 at risk other people’s money and livelihoods is prone to take unjustified risks with that ...

A scholar’s scholar retires

By Donald J. Boudreaux
My dear friends Bob and Elizabeth Higgs will soon move from Louisiana to a remote corner of Mexico. Bob says that visits north of the border will be few. The Higgses plan to retire away from it all with a ...


By Donald J. Boudreaux
From January through May 1996 I was a visiting scholar at the Cornell Law School. I rented a house from a lovely retired couple who each winter went to Australia to escape Ithaca’s brutal cold. The husband (call him Sam) ...

Politics & commerce, crass & mass

By Donald J. Boudreaux
If, on June 16, you Googled “crass commercialism,” you got 88,500 hits. If you Googled “crass politics,” you got 7,830 hits — fewer than one-tenth the number of hits for “crass commercialism.” Why do we accept so readily the classification ...

Freedom’s intrinsic value

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Here’s a word that will earn you 15 points if you spell it during a game of Scrabble: deontology. This is an ethical theory that says that the morality of human actions should be judged according to their intrinsic rightness ...

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 ...

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