August 2013

  • How I Came to Reject the Welfare State, Part 1

    by Jacob G. Hornberger

    Part 1 | Part 2 According to a Census Bureau announcement during the 1950s, I was growing up in the poorest city in the United States. That was Laredo, Texas, a city that borders the Rio Grand... Read More

  • Government Is the Problem

    by Sheldon Richman

    Last spring Barack Obama told the graduating class of Ohio State University, Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.… They’... Read More

  • Where’s the Body Count from Shootings by Police?

    by James Bovard

    Barack Obama has made curtailing Americans’ right to own firearms one of his highest priorities. Earlier this year, he appealed to “all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.” He also declared, “If the... Read More

  • The Outrage of Stop-and-Frisk

    by David S. D'Amato

    As the subject of an ongoing trial in federal court, Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., the controversial police policy known as “stop and frisk” is receiving more attention than perhaps at any other moment ... Read More

  • The Zero Interest Option Could Wreck the Economy

    by Gregory Bresiger

    Economic history is primed to repeat in the nastiest of ways unless the government stops distorting the price of something we use every day. Every product, good, or service has a price, which is essential to rational decision-making. We u... Read More

  • Should the Purchasing Power of Money Be Stabilized?

    by Alexander William Salter

    Economists have long debated the costs and benefits of stabilizing the purchasing power of money. Today, most First World countries’ central banks either pursue the stabilization of purchasing power as a primary goal, as in the case of the Europe... Read More

  • Book Review: The Moral Case for a Free Economy

    by Laurence M. Vance

    Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy by Robert Sirico (Regnery Publishing, 2012), 213 pages. Critics of the free mark... Read More

  • Book Review: Opponent of Empire

    by Martin Morse Wooster

    Rome’s Last Citizen:  The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar by Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin... Read More