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Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow
Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a former associate at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Institute for Policy Innovation, and Heritage Foundation, and served as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

A columnist for Forbes online, he previously was a columnist for antiwar.com, a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service, and editor of the monthly political magazine Inquiry. He has been widely published in such periodicals as Time, Newsweek, and Fortune, as well as leading newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He contributes regularly to National Interest online, the Huffington Post, the American Spectator online, the Daily Caller, and other online publications. He has written several books, including Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire (Xulon Press), The Politics of Envy: Statism as Theology (Transaction); Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in Changed World (Cato); The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction), and Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics (Crossway).

He received his B.S. in Economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1979. He is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. bars.

Doug Bandow's Articles and Posts

Do Flyers Have a Basic Human Right to Fly First Class? The Freeman
Do Flyers Have a Basic Human Right to Fly First Class?

It travelers advocacy groups get their way, everyone will pay more to fly — if they can afford to fly at all.

Student Loans: The Taxpayers Lose Again The Freeman
Student Loans: The Taxpayers Lose Again

Students should borrow at market rates and finance their education through loans only if they are likely to repay their debts. They shouldn’t receive endless opportunities to avoid repayment.

Elections Aren’t as Democratic as Markets The Freeman
Elections Aren’t as Democratic as Markets

Politics is democratic only in process, not substance.

China's Volatile Experiment: Economic Growth and Authoritarian Politics Anything Peaceful
China's Volatile Experiment

In some ways, China feels like a free country, but the Communist Party imposes a glass ceiling on liberty: break it and you may pay a huge price

Who Exactly Is Government Helping? The Freeman
Who Exactly Is Government Helping?

At the local, state, and federal levels, the government is protecting us from freedom and prosperity.

Government Permission to Work The Freeman
Government Permission to Work

Americans are concerned about too few jobs and too little economic growth. Ending occupational licensure would address both issues.

Supreme Court: No More Lifetime Appointments The Freeman
Supreme Court: No More Lifetime Appointments

The Constitution should be amended to authorize fixed terms for federal judges.

Generous with Someone Else’s Money The Freeman
Generous with Someone Else’s Money

Until people understand that Uncle Sam shouldn’t be a year-round Santa Claus, public officials will continue to act like Delia Curry and Arne Duncan.

Patients and Doctors vs. the FDA Anything Peaceful
Patients and Doctors vs. the FDA
Overall, far more people die from no drugs than from bad drugs.
The Welfare State Needs Abolition, Not "Reform" Anything Peaceful
The Welfare State Needs Abolition, Not "Reform"
Efficient income redistribution doesn’t make the process morally right, only less wasteful on its way to being wrong.
Going Postal, Again The Freeman
Going Postal, Again
After eight years of losses, why is there a government postal monopoly?
No More Bricks in the Wall The Freeman
No More Bricks in the Wall
For years, the people of the East cowered behind the Iron Curtain. The Berlin Wall was its menacing front line. Then, in an instant, it was all swept away.
Living the Easy Life The Freeman
Living the Easy Life
A recent trip to Egypt left this Westerner thankful for what he left behind, despite the problems. 
The Liberty to Leave The Freeman
The Liberty to Leave
Slavery has tainted the idea of secession, just as it erroneously defines the Civil War for too many people.
Movement on the Rise? The Freeman
Movement on the Rise?
The libertarian moment has not arrived—it has to be seized. Every alternative has already failed, but statists keep doubling down on them. 
Back in Iraq? The Freeman
Back in Iraq?
Nation-building didn’t work the last time the United States invaded Iraq and it won’t work now.
A Titan Falls The Freeman
A Titan Falls

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

Tax Exiles Flee America The Freeman
Tax Exiles Flee America
More and more wealthy people are leaving the United States. Both parties need to stop trying to punish this behavior.
Nigeria’s Moment The Freeman
Nigeria’s Moment
Nigeria is full of ambitious, industrious people held back by State corruption and violent internal divisions.
Save the Elephants: Sell Ivory The Freeman
Save the Elephants: Sell Ivory
Only the free market can solve the problem of elephant poaching.
The Tyranny of Good Intentions The Freeman
The Tyranny of Good Intentions
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 The Freeman
Not Since 1946
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 The Freeman
Get Rid of the TSA
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.
Essentially Meaningless The Freeman
Essentially Meaningless
We heard that the government was shut down, but apparently, more than eight of 10 of its operations were too essential to close. Really?
Corruption Fertilizer The Freeman
Corruption Fertilizer
Foreign aid generally hasn't done much good for democracy, prosperity, or U.S. leverage. In Egypt's case, about the only people it has ever helped are the generals who just pulled another coup. 

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