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Anti-Car Policies Mean Even More People Are Dying on LA’s Highways

By Gary Galles Mises Institute May 8, 2019   Anti-Car Policies Mean Even More People Are Dying on LA’s Highways   In an April 29 Los Angeles Times article titled, “More dying on L.A. streets,” Laura Nelson reported on Mayor Garcetti’s Vision Zero plan and the City Council’s corresponding Mobility Plan 2035 so far. Vision Zero intended to eliminate […]

Vision Zero intended to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025 through street system management.

Unlike Real Insurance, Social Security "Insurance" Creates Greater Risk for the Future

Unlike Real Insurance, Social Security “Insurance” Creates Greater Risk for the Future

By Gary Galles Mises Institute April 30, 2019   Unlike Real Insurance, Social Security “Insurance” Creates Greater Risk for the Future   Every time the Social Security trustees issue their annual report, some people notice that the system’s huge unfunded liabilities (currently, a $42.1 trillion cumulative shortfall) are inherently unfair to future Americans. That threatens its status […]


Why the “Golden Rule” Is an Obstacle to the Government’s Agenda

By Gary Galles Mises Institute February 26, 2019   Why the “Golden Rule” Is an Obstacle to the Government’s Agenda   The golden rule—“Do to others as you would have them do to you” being the most common variant I have heard–may be the most common ethical touchstone for human interactions. After all, Simon Blackburn wrote in […]

Why the "Golden Rule" Is an Obstacle to the Government's Agenda

Rent Control and Minimum Wage Laws Harm Those Who Are Supposed to Benefit

Rent Control and Minimum Wage Laws Harm Those Who Are Supposed to Benefit

By Gary Galles Mises Institute October 17, 2018   Rent Control and Minimum Wage Laws Harm Those Who Are Supposed to Benefit     Jacob Bronowski wrote, in The Common Sense of Science, that “at the basis of human thought lies the judgment of what is like and what is unlike.” That is, useful analysis requires treating that […]


Economics Is Not Rocket Science — It’s Even More Complicated

By Gary Galles Mises Institute June 15, 2018   Economics Is Not Rocket Science — It’s Even More Complicated   Over the years, I have heard multiple different things described as “not rocket science.” The implication was always that rocket science was just about the hardest thing to do, making virtually everything else easy by comparison. As […]

Economics Is Not Rocket Science — It's Even More Complicated

Why "Precedent" Is a Bad Measure of a Law's Worth

Why “Precedent” Is a Bad Measure of a Law’s Worth

By Gary Galles Mises Institute June 1, 2018   Why “Precedent” Is a Bad Measure of a Law’s Worth   Whenever the Supreme Court’s end-of-the-term “announcement season” comes around, I am reminded of the importance of handling precedent correctly under a Constitution that is supposed to remain “the supreme law of the land.” Such a result requires […]


Healthcare: “Insurance” Now Just Means Redistribution

By Gary Galles Mises Institute June 8, 2017   Healthcare: “Insurance” Now Just Means Redistribution   Americans have been fighting over health insurance reform for ages. For example, 25 years ago, in 1992, over 200 congressional health care bills were introduced. Unfortunately, while the rhetoric has focused on insurance, such as how many would supposedly gain or […]

Healthcare: "Insurance" Now Just Means Redistribution

The Bureaucracy Is Now More Powerful Than Congress

The Bureaucracy Is Now More Powerful Than Congress

By Gary Galles Mises Institute November 28, 2016   The Bureaucracy Is Now More Powerful Than Congress   Who creates federal laws? Civics books say it is Congress, but the real answer today may be the executive branch. Earlier this year, James Gattuso and Diane Katz reported that just the 229 major regulations issued since 2009 added […]


Ignorance Is More Costly in Politics than in Markets

By Gary Galles Mises Institute October 17, 2016   Ignorance Is More Costly in Politics than in Markets   For months, I have seen articles about the massive economic ignorance infesting candidates’ views and how they would “fix” what they think are the nation’s problems. They essentially say that neither candidate knows enough to pass an economics principles […]

Ignorance Is More Costly in Politics than in Markets

End Injustices Now, Not Later

By Gary Galles Mises.org January 8, 2016   End Injustices Now, Not Later   Tim Carney recently highlighted how Iowa’s important early role in the Republican primaries has produced “a gravitational pull to pander” on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Its ethanol mandate is “an indefensible subsidy” to Iowans from others’ transportation and grocery budgets for, at best, […]


End the Sugar Tax Now

By Gary Galles Mises.org December 9, 2015   End the Sugar Tax Now   “Sugar Vs. Corn Syrup” reads the headline about legal wrangling between enablers of America’s sweet tooth. Big sugar accused big corn syrup of misleading the public with an ad campaign that it is “nutritionally the same as sugar,” asking for $1.5 billion […]

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The War on Cars Is a War on Workers and the Poor

By Gary Galles Mises.org October 28, 2015   The War on Cars Is a War on Workers and the Poor   A just-released poll of Los Angeles residents found that 55 percent of respondents indicated their greatest concern was “traffic and congestion,” far ahead of “personal safety” — the next highest area of concern — at […]