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Forget the Trade Deficit!

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Memo to newspaper editors: Stop publishing stories about the trade deficit. You are needlessly worrying people about something that means absolutely nothing. Forget the trade deficit. Except in the most trivial sense, there's no such thing. Adam Smith, that Scotsman who knew a fair bit about political ... [click for more]

Tariffs as Enemies of Freedom

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Some prominent protectionists, such as Pat Buchanan, are portraying high tariffs as an engine of national liberation — as a way to save Americans from foreign threats. However, tariffs always have been and always will be an enemy to individual freedom. The U.S. tariff code is the accumulated junk heap ... [click for more]

Our Corrupting Welfare State

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Champions of the free society have long warned that the welfare state-in which the government does for people what they ought to do for themselves-has a corrosive effect on the character of human beings. There is no better evidence of this than what people have come to expect from what we mistakenly call "health ... [click for more]

Clinton’s Job Performance Puzzle

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The pundits are bewildered over the public's apparently contradictory response to President Clinton during his recent troubles. Most people have a low opinion of his character. Yet at least 60 percent of those polled think he's doing a terrific job and should not resign. How can this be? Assuming the polling ... [click for more]

Domestic Passports for Hispanic-Americans

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All of us have become accustomed to traveling with our passports when we leave the United States. But how many people realize that Hispanic-Americans must carry their passports when they travel domestically? I recently visited my hometown of Laredo, Texas, which is located on the southern border of the United ... [click for more]

Restriction and Free Trade

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Two opposite doctrines oppose each other: The one, which is dominant in legislation and opinions, sees the way of progress in the surplus of sales over purchases, of exports over imports — in a word, what is called balance of trade. The other, which we try to propagate, is the exact ... [click for more]

Book Review: Collected Works of Edwin Cannan

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Collected Works of Edwin Cannan in 8 volumes, edited by Alan Ebenstein (London/New York: Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1998); $900. In 1951, Austrian economist Friedrich A. Hayek wrote an essay entitled "The Transmission of the Ideals of Economic Freedom." He pointed out, "At the end of the First World War the spiritual tradition of liberalism was all but dead." But, Hayek ... [click for more]

Treating Us Like Children

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It's getting harder and harder to imagine a Republican keeping a straight face while proclaiming the GOP to be the party of limited government and personal liberty. The latest reason? The Republican-controlled Senate recently voted 90-10 to outlaw gambling over the Internet. The prohibition, tagged onto an appropriations bill, would impose a penalty of three ... [click for more]

A Libertarian Visits Costa Rica

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Last spring, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation of Fairfax, Virginia, invited me to participate in two conferences in Costa Rica. One conference was to celebrate the inauguration of a new Costa Rican libertarian think tank named INLAP. The other was a conference of 1,000 international business people who were gathering to make free-market recommendations to the international negotiators of ... [click for more]

The Politics of Scandal

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The hand-wringing over President Clinton's extracurricular activities is misplaced. Whatever else can be said about what Mr. Clinton did or didn't do, we can say this: it would be no tragedy if, as a result of the scandals, the presidency, indeed government itself, were diminished. Quite the contrary. Pundits and others have been heard to say that it is too ... [click for more]
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