Senator Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Pompeo Spread Four Myths About Immigration

In September 2016, Senator Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Pompeo advocated immigration restrictions in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Their argument reaches wrong conclusions from wrong premises, as I explain in a letter to the editor. Here is the abbreviated version of the letter published in the WSJ. Learn Liberty published the full text of the letter in October. AContinue Reading

Profits in “Perfect” v. Actual Competition

“I learned in economics that in ‘perfect competition’ profits are zero, so any actual profits come from some kind of monopoly power. So how could profits be good?” This question was asked of me by a student at a recent economics seminar hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies. The simple explanation is that whileContinue Reading

Government Regulators are Monopolies

Here is the third article in a series on regulation I have been publishing at FEE: “Government Regulators are Monopolies.” It is part of a project to challenge the validity of government “regulation,” which should more properly be called government “restriction,” as that word describes what government agencies mostly do: they restrict people’s freedom to make voluntary exchanges. The aimContinue Reading

The Welfare Cliff, a.k.a. the Low-Wage Trap

Pretend you are a poor, single parent of two in Chicago, earning $12 an hour, working full time, and determined to do what is best for your family. And suppose your employer, impressed with your work, offers you training for and promotion to a new job paying $15. Should you take the offer? It soundsContinue Reading

Government Regulators are Themselves Unregulated; That’s a Problem

Here’s a delayed posting of a link to a second article in The Freeman online about regulation. The first, “There Is No Such Thing as an Unregulated Market,” made the point that “If a market is free, it is closely regulated by the free choices of market participants.” This means that “Government regulation is not the only kind ofContinue Reading

Value in a Free Market

Here is a response to a comment posted by TheOneSpam on May 30, 2016, on “What If There Were No Prices?“, a Learn Liberty video by Tomasz Kaye and me: +TheOneSpam I’m one of the authors of this video; I like much of what you say; here are my responses to your comments: “how “value”Continue Reading

More on Campus Free Speech

After the exchange about free speech on campuses that I put into this earlier post, Cliff wrote back at length. With his permission I respond here so that others can look in on the conversation. Here are the substantive portions of Cliff’s message, indented, with my reactions not indented: (1) There are a lot ofContinue Reading

Freedom of Speech on Campus: Even Racial Slurs?

Last week I shared on Facebook this video of J.K. Rowling supporting Donald Trump’s right to travel to Britain and “be offensive and bigoted,” because “his freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot.” I wrote, “The same goes for offensive and bigoted speech on college campuses.” That comment elicited this responseContinue Reading

Minimum Wage Laws Are Immoral, Part II

Two weeks ago I posted on Learn Liberty’s blog this open letter rejoinder to my friend Adam, who strongly objected to a claim I had made in a Facebook post that minimum wage laws are immoral. Adam responded to that rejoinder, and I replied again in turn with this second open letter. A slice: Adam: I accept the disemployment, suchContinue Reading

Make Parents Responsible for Schools

Here’s a recent letter to the Baltimore Sun: May 11, 2016 Editor, the Baltimore Sun Dear Editor, Kurt Schmoke, Matt Gallagher and Tom Wilcox ask “Who’s responsible for city schools?” (Commentary, May 9, 2016). The broad answer to that question is also the fundamental reason why our city schools stay mediocre to poor, decade afterContinue Reading

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