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Economics in many lessons: Reflecting a savagery

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Nov. 13, 2015, felt like Sept. 11, 2001. Swirls of different passions and thoughts swell up in the heart and mind. Something powerful within grasps for an easy answer — for a recipe that, if followed carefully, will end ...

Happy minimum-wage tales unrealistic

By Donald J. Boudreaux
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 policy that is as popular with people as it is poorly understood by them. Opinion ...

Crazy crony notions

By Donald J. Boudreau
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. Export-Import Bank had on jobs in that state. Although GE’s plan to close its plant ...

Vote! (Or don’t)

By Donald J. Boudreaux
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 to persuade me to vote is straightforward. Elections determine the contents of public policies. So, ...

What economics ultimately is about

By Donald J. Boudreaux
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 I perform professionally. Nothing else comes close. Unlike many economists who today teach such a ...

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 ...

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