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William L. Anderson teaches economics at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

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The Fallacies of Another New Deal, Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 As the financial panics on Wall Street seem to be never-ending, a lot of commentators are openly asking whether the United States will slide into something akin to the Great ...

Socialism and Medicine, Part 4

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Obviously, the first fundamental of a free-market system in medical and health care would be the absence of coercion. This precept extends far beyond the question ...

Socialism and Medicine, Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Economic historian Robert Higgs has written that people often will hand personal responsibility to the state either when they are fearful that something will happen to ...

Socialism and Medicine, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In 1965, the U.S. economy was unquestionably the most productive and vibrant in the world. Doctors and hospital administrators were enjoying high revenues, and at that ...

Socialism and Medicine, Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 If the financial popularity of Michael Moore’s latest “documentary,” called Sicko, is an indication of popular sentiment in this country, then the United States seems to ...

The Oil-Addiction Fallacy

Watch any talking head, and when the subject comes to energy, one can expect to hear the mantra, Americans are “addicted” to oil, and especially “foreign oil.” This is repeated as though the repetition is proof that the premise ...

Executive Orders and the Decline of Law, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 The longest-lasting legacy of Lincoln is not the War Between the States or even the violent way in which slavery ended in the United States. Lincoln was able to use brute force to “settle” ...

Executive Orders and the Decline of Law, Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 During his presidency, Bill Clinton would conclude his trips abroad by telling his advisors that he was determined to use the powers of his office. Those “powers,” of course, included what are called ...

Emergencies: The Breeding Ground of Tyranny

When the New York Times recently reported that the Bush administration was routinely tracking international and domestic financial transactions, the president said he was doing these things under emergency powers granted to him by Congress. While many commentators have ...
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