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Clichés of Progressivism

#50 – “Greedy Capitalists Take Advantage of People in Natural Disasters; Price Controls Are the Answer”

MARCH 27, 2015 by DONALD BOUDREAUX

The interpretation of post-disaster price hikes as "price gouging" is as unfortunate as it is mistaken.

#49 – “People Love the Robin Hood Story Because He Took from the Rich to Give to the Poor”

MARCH 20, 2015 by B.K. MARCUS

Generations have grown up with a heroic ideal of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Only those who are particularly wary of an apparently "progressive" message in the legend take exception.

#48 – “Resource-Poor Countries Need Strong Central Planning to Develop”

MARCH 13, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Hong Kong's success is an intellectual embarrassment to the progressive ideology.

#47 – “The Solution to Overpopulation Is Population Control”

MARCH 06, 2015 by WALTER E. WILLIAMS

There is absolutely no relationship between high populations and poverty.

#46 – “Statistical Disparities between Races Prove Discrimination”

FEBRUARY 27, 2015 by WALTER E. WILLIAMS

Let us acknowledge a few gross disparities and decide whether they represent what lawyers and judges call a "pattern and practice of discrimination," while at the same time thinking about what corrective action might be taken.

#45 – “Robots and Computerization Cause Unemployment”

FEBRUARY 20, 2015 by WENDY MCELROY

Fear of robot labor is fear of the free market.

#44 – “Profit Is Evidence of Suspicious Behavior”

FEBRUARY 13, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Profit is responsible for more good things -- by a long shot -- than all the charity in the world.

#43 – “Income Inequality Is the Great Economic and Moral Crisis of Our Time”

FEBRUARY 06, 2015 by RON ROBINSON

The worst demagogues demonize a group they don't like, such as "the rich," for political gain.

#42 – “Jesus Christ Was a Progressive Because He Advocated Income Redistribution to Help the Poor”

JANUARY 30, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

It is not recorded anywhere that Christ called for the state to use its power to redistribute wealth.

#41 – “Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Proved That We Needed Anti-Trust Laws”

JANUARY 23, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

If Standard Oil was any kind of monopoly, it was not a coercive one, because it did not derive its high market share from special government favors.

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