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Author » Laurence M. Vance

Laurence M. Vance is a columnist and policy adviser for the Future of Freedom Foundation, an associated scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a columnist, blogger, and book reviewer at LewRockwell.com. He is also the author of Social Insecurity and The War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom. His newest books are War, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian Militarism and War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy. Visit his website: www.vancepublications.com. Send him e-mail.

Latest from Laurence M. Vance

Happy Birthday Medicare and Medicaid?

On July 30, 1965 — fifty years ago —Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Social Security Amendments of 1965 that created two new government programs. Added to the Social Security Act of 1935 was Title XVIII, Medicare, and Title ...

Overtime Pay and a Free Society

If there is only one thing that every American worker who gets paid by the hour knows about labor law aside from the minimum wage, it is that employers must pay time and a half for all hours worked ...

The Elusive Just Price

The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) was held in Chicago recently. The conference, which was attended by about 25,000 scientists and doctors concerned with the treatment of cancer, was heavily sponsored by the ...

Are There Rules for Trade?

Barack Obama has been lobbying Congress for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast-track authority,” so the executive branch can work in secret on trade deals before submitting them to Congress for a quick up-or-down vote with limited ...

The Problem Is the State Not the Standard

The Federal Denture Act (18 USC 1821), enacted in 1942 and amended in 1996 (PL 104-294) and 2002 (PL 107-273), prohibits the interstate transport “by mail or otherwise” of “any set of artificial teeth or prosthetic dental ...

Employment and a Free Society

The city of SeaTac, Washington, is the home of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It is also home to the highest minimum wage in the country. SeaTac’s minimum wage of $15 an hour took effect on January 1, 2014, the ...

The Wrongs and Rights of Free Exercise and Free Association

The state of California has effectively banned its 2,000 state court judges from participating in the Boy Scouts. The California Supreme Court recently voted unanimously to eliminate an exception for nonprofit youth groups to a rule that ...

How to Shrink the Government’s Carbon Footprint

Barack Obama wants to shrink the federal government’s “carbon footprint.” This is a wonderful idea that all limited government conservatives, constitutionalists, and above all, libertarians, should wholeheartedly support. Too bad Obama’s plan will hardly make a dent in the ...

Dress Codes, Employment, and Religion

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last month in a case relating to dress codes, employment, and religion. The case, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc., is a good point of departure for how ...

Conservatives Miss the Real Issues on Health Care

Conservatives are incensed over some of the latest medical research grants doled out by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Libertarians are infuriated as well, but not for the same reasons. Last year it was the $237,750 grant ...
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