Donald Boudreaux

Saviors need victims to save

The wealthier a society, the better. The only people who believe otherwise are misanthropes and those who are utterly ignorant of history. Yet growing wealth ...

Donald J. Boudreaux's economics in many lessons: How to respond to 'unfair' trade

Protectionists today rarely admit to being protectionists. Most of them proclaim their allegiance to free trade but quickly follow up with a "but" — as ...

The dignity of free trade

Economists since Adam Smith have insisted that the ultimate goal of economic activity is consumption, not production. Production is a means to consumption. Consumption is ...

Donald J. Boudreaux's Economics in Many Lessons: Does free trade have losers?

Today's enthusiasm for protectionism is unintentionally fueled by many friends of free trade who feel obliged to concede that "free trade has losers." The argument ...

Which presidential candidate will do the least harm?

The November election will almost surely feature an unprecedentedly bad choice: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump. A calculating, power-mad machine politician with a history of ...

Economics in many lessons: The reality of voting

Political disagreements take two major forms. One form is disagreement over ultimate goals or values, such as whether abortion should be legal. The other form ...

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 ...