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Not even a ‘trickle’ of sound economics

By Ralph R. Reiland
Below are two quotes that reveal a completely flawed understanding of how the U.S. economy operates and how economic freedom, individual incentives, free enterprise and limited government are directly correlated with higher levels of productivity, economic growth, income and job ...

Pot, Hillary & Iran

By Ralph R. Reiland
I’d say the one thing we don’t need is more drug abuse. But a green light to more drugs is exactly what was unintentionally produced by Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an effect that’s likely to produce more individual ...

‘Inequality’ & the absence of reason

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here’s a thought from Winston Churchill on equality, ethics, capitalism and socialism: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Several semesters ago, a student in ...

Would you like some race talk with that?

By Ralph R. Reiland
Given the overwhelming backlash, it’s pretty clear that the short-lived “Race Together” campaign launched by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to “stimulate conversation, empathy and compassion” among Americans of all races was a definite flop. To “help bridge racial and ethnic ...

Economic justice & fairness

By Ralph R. Reiland
“What constitutes fairness and justice has been debated for centuries,” wrote Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in a column last month. “Widespread agreement has proved to be elusive at best.” First, contended Williams, to ...

‘No man, no problem’

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Death solves all problems — no man, no problem,” stated Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, who consolidated his reign of terror by executing political rivals and shipping opponents to forced labor camps. One of Russian ...

The hazards of blind obedience

By Ralph R. Reiland
“It is only those who hope to transform human beings who end up by burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment,” wrote Christopher Hitchens, years before ISIS released a video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive. ...

Fixing a subpar economy

By Ralph R. Reiland
A basic economic principle, illustrated by the demand curve in Econ 101, says price increases generally will cause declines in demand, a drop in unit sales. Conversely, price decreases generally will cause increases in unit sales. That’s why stores have ...

Obama’s words & reality

By Ralph R. Reiland
The economic message from President Obama was upbeat in his State of the Union address: “At this moment, with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own ...

Good intentions & bad results

By Ralph R. Reiland
A “nation of economic illiterates” is “easily misled by leaders who tell us of their good intentions — their passion to solve our problems.” In their book “Common Sense Economics,” the above statement is a candid warning by James Gwartney, ...

Good & bad economics

By Ralph R. Reiland
“A book so powerful in its clarity and simplicity that we can declare, without question, that it has shaped our world,” wrote Nobel Laureate F.A. Hayek regarding the intellectual and policy impact of “Economics in One Lesson,” a best-selling and ...

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