April 2013

  • Chile’s Gun-Control Lesson for Americans

    by Jacob G. Hornberger

    One of the popular arguments for gun control is that people don’t need assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, and certain types of high-powered pistols to shoot deer. That argument, however, ignores the primary rationale for the Second Amendment, which was ... Read More

  • James Buchanan’s Subjectivist Economics

    by Sheldon Richman

    James Buchanan, the Nobel laureate who died at 93 in January, was well known for his pioneering work in Public Choice (the application of economic principles to politics), constitutional economics (as a device for limiting government power), and many oth... Read More

  • Obama and His “Most Evident” Right: Equality

    by James Bovard

    In his second inaugural address, Barack Obama quoted the Declaration of Independence and hailed “the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal.” Obama never explained why “created equal” was more evident than the right ... Read More

  • Why James Buchanan Matters for Those Who Love Freedom

    by Steven Horwitz

    On January 9 the world of political economy and the community of libertarian academics lost one of the 20th century’s most important thinkers with the death of James Buchanan at age 93. Although he was not as well known ... Read More

  • Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free

    by Jonathan Turley

    While each new national-security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they don’t operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least ... Read More

  • Macroeconomics as Coordination

    by Alexander William Salter

    If your main source of economic information is a newspaper, television news station, or government statistical bureau, you would probably say that macroeconomics is the discipline that studies a handful of aggregate data series, such as consumption, investment, government spendin... Read More

  • Book Review: All in the Family: America’s Big Brother

    by Matthew Harwood

    Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner (New York: Random House, 2012), 560 pages. Since its humble beginnings in 1908 with a pint-sized force of 34 special agents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has always been t... Read More