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The Future Belongs to Liberty

Living the Easy Life

Most Westerners don’t know how good they have it

OCTOBER 20, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

A recent trip to Egypt left this Westerner thankful for what he left behind, despite the problems.

Movement on the Rise?

It’s about time. We’ve tried everything else.

AUGUST 14, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

The libertarian moment has not arrived--it has to be seized. Every alternative has already failed, but statists keep doubling down on them.

A Titan Falls

Politicians Befriend Big Business, Undermine Free Market

JULY 16, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Elections might make headlines, but they rarely make a dent in the corporate welfare handed out by politicians.

Tax Exiles Flee America

Entrepreneurs are high-tailing it out of the United States, and it’s the politicians’ fault

JUNE 09, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

More and more wealthy people are leaving the United States. Both parties need to stop trying to punish this behavior.

The Progressive Income Tax

Backed by the envious, used by the greedy

APRIL 22, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Social engineers and beneficiaries of largesse like the progressive income tax. But everyone else gets stuck with a system that is inefficient, unfair, and morally dubious.

Nigeria’s Moment

A visit to a West African nation reveals tragic failure, yet great potential

MARCH 24, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Nigeria is full of ambitious, industrious people held back by State corruption and violent internal divisions.

Save the Elephants: Sell Ivory

The market can seem cold and calculating, but it may be the best hope for superstar megafauna

FEBRUARY 21, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Only the free market can solve the problem of elephant poaching.

The Tyranny of Good Intentions

Politicians Waste Money, and Sometimes Kill People, With Kindness

FEBRUARY 07, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Few people in politics fail to claim to be acting for the public good. But good intentions are never enough. Consequences are critical.

Not Since 1946

Uncle Sam is bankrupt, but Washington says, "What, me worry?"

JANUARY 17, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Congressional Budget Office reports might be boring. But if you look at them closely, you'll see that the nation is headed for financial ruin.

Get Rid of the TSA

Make Americans safer by letting airports handle airport security

JANUARY 02, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

The TSA is good only at bureaucracy, not safety. It's past time to reverse one of the biggest post-9/11 blunders and put security in the hands of private actors.

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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