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Why Social Welfare Programs and Democracy Cannot Co-Exist

By Ryan McMaken Mises.org August 16, 2016   Why Social Welfare Programs and Democracy Cannot Co-Exist   Writing in his 1922 treatise Socialism, Ludwig von Mises expressed support for democracy, but took a very limited view. Specifically, he suggested the only purpose of democracy is to “make peace, to avoid violent revolutions.” That is, democracy is purely a means […]

Why Social Welfare Programs and Democracy Cannot Co-Exist

The Pharma-Fed Doctor

The Pharma-Fed Doctor

By Michel Accad Mises.org July 30, 2016   The Pharma-Fed Doctor   It’s true that perks from pharma companies influence doctors. But pharma dollars are nothing compared to the subsidies doled out by governments. In his recent article “Feed Me, Pharma,” ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein has been calling attention to studies showing that the prescribing decisions of doctors are […]


How Congress Mysteriously Became a ‘Small Business’ to Qualify for Obamacare Subsidies

By Robert Moffit The Daily Signal May 11, 2016     It seems that federal officials have worked overtime to undermine public trust. Benghazi, the IRS abuses, the “fast and furious” gun-running fiasco, the solar power boondoggles, and the seemingly endless implementation problems of the Affordable Care Act—all these scandals have common themes: arrogant and […]

How Congress Mysteriously Became a ‘Small Business’ to Qualify for Obamacare Subsidies

The Answer to "Unfair" Tax Breaks Is More Tax Breaks

The Answer to “Unfair” Tax Breaks Is More Tax Breaks

By Ryan McMaken Mises.org April 15, 2016   The Answer to “Unfair” Tax Breaks Is More Tax Breaks   Some myths about taxes and taxpayers never go away. Among them is the myth that tax breaks amount to “subsidies.” Laurence Vance recently pointed out a particularly oblivious claim made recently by a staffer at National Public […]


Don’t Confuse the Cost of College with the Cost of an Education

By Ryan McMaken Mises.org April 7, 2016   Don’t Confuse the Cost of College with the Cost of an Education   For years, those who face the costs of educating themselves or their children hear a nearly incessant drum beat of how expensive a college education is, and how much debt they’ll likely be taking on. On […]

Don’t Confuse the Cost of College with the Cost of an Education

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Why Breaking Up Big Banks Is No Solution

By Paul-Martin Foss Carl Menger Center February 20, 2016   Why Breaking Up Big Banks Is No Solution     Neel Kashkari used his first public speech as President of the Minneapolis Fed to argue in favor of breaking up big banks. Big banks are problematic for a number of reasons, not least of which […]


Health Insurance Is Illegal

By Warren C. Gibson Foundation for Economic Education May 28, 2015   Health Insurance Is Illegal It is a crime to buy or sell a real health care plan     Health insurance is a crime. No, I’m not using a metaphor. I’m not saying it’s a mess, though it certainly is that. I’m saying […]

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Ex-Im Misrepresents Subsidies to Prominent Billionaire

Commentary by Diane Katz The Daily Signal May 1, 2015   Ex-Im Misrepresents Subsidies to Prominent Billionaire     The chairman of the government’s Export-Import Bank has repeatedly mischaracterized several deals that have benefited billionaire Elon Musk. These misrepresentations, among other mismanagement and dysfunction within Ex-Im, reinforce the case for ending the crony bank. In […]


California’s Water Problem

By Walter E. Williams LewRockwell.com April 28, 2015   California’s Water Problem   Californians are experiencing their third year of drought. Headlines read: “Current California Drought Is Driest In State’s History; Scientists Fear ‘Megadroughts’ On Their Way.” “Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California’s Drought.” Then there are scientific claims such as, “There’s a rapidly growing […]

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How the U.S. Export-Import Bank Taxes Manufacturers, Workers

By Against Crony Capitalism March 19, 2015   How the U.S. Export-Import Bank Taxes Manufacturers, Workers     The Import-Export Bank is classic crony capitalism. It is corporate welfare. It subsidizes giant American companies and their partners overseas at the expense of the US taxpayer which is on the hook if the loans default. It […]

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Ron Paul Weekly Column

Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Congress

By Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute   Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Congress   Since New Year’s is traditionally a time for resolutions, and since the new Congress convenes this week, I thought I would suggest some New Year’s resolutions for Congress: 1) Bring the troops home — Congress should take the first, and most important, […]