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Iain Murray

Iain Murray
Iain Murray

Iain Murray is vice president at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Iain Murray's Articles and Posts

Why Government Should Not Regulate the App Economy The Freeman
Why Government Should Not Regulate the App Economy

Gamblers may understand the market better than government regulators do.

Free Market Groups Putting Property Principles into Action Anything Peaceful
Free Market Groups Putting Property Principles into Action

From South Africa to India, free market groups are helping to secure property rights for disenfranchised people  ending decades of injustice.  

How the State Keeps You Working Long Hours The Freeman
How the State Keeps You Working Long Hours

The 4-hour company and the 4-hour workweek are feasible — but only if the government allows them.

Depression-Era Laws Threaten the Sharing Economy The Freeman
Depression-Era Laws Threaten the Sharing Economy

The administration wants to turn back the clock on employment practices.

World’s Poor: “We Want Capitalism” The Freeman
World’s Poor: “We Want Capitalism”

There are several ways to ensure access to capital in the developing world, but the most important approach is to unlock the productive potential of the capital already available there.

Liquid Capital Was the First Killer App The Freeman
Liquid Capital Was the First Killer App

Deregulation could revive the moribund financial system, but the sharing economy may already be moving on.

The Poor Need Affordable Energy The Freeman
The Poor Need Affordable Energy
Reducing artificially high energy costs is the first step in tackling fuel poverty.
Britain Back from the Brink of Socialism Anything Peaceful
Britain Back from the Brink of Socialism
All told, the British election was moderately good news for liberty, not the calamity it might have been.
The UK’s Return to Socialism The Freeman
The UK’s Return to Socialism
By abdicating their philosophical role, British business leaders ceded the moral high ground primarily to their enemies. 
Greece Jumps from Scylla to Charybdis The Freeman
Greece Jumps from Scylla to Charybdis
In sailing between a monster and a whirlpool, Greek voters have chosen to take the ship swirling to the bottom. 
The Importance of Free Speech to Human Progress The Freeman
The Importance of Free Speech to Human Progress

Free speech is not only essential to the search for truth; it is vital to human progress.

Kickstarting It Old School The Freeman
Kickstarting It Old School
Peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platforms represent the first steps in restoring American finance’s innovative spirit.
Greedy Corporations Save Lives The Freeman
Greedy Corporations Save Lives
Multinational corporations are conspiring to save people from disease and make a profit while doing it.
The Smaug Fallacy The Freeman
The Smaug Fallacy
The genius of capitalism is that it spreads the wealth around.
Freedom and Whisky Go Together The Freeman
Freedom and Whisky Go Together
Scottish secession is not about liberalization per se, but an independent Scotland might have to rediscover Adam Smith.
Sending Money Home: Technology or Bureaucracy? The Freeman
Sending Money Home: Technology or Bureaucracy?

People in poor countries rely on money their relatives send from abroad; regulators are threatening new ways to make these transfers "safer" and "cheaper." 

Deputizing America The Freeman
Deputizing America

Government agencies are threatening businesses with prosecution if they fail to do the government’s law enforcement legwork. It’s already shutting down business.

A Petition from the Booksellers The Freeman
A Petition from the Booksellers
France’s parliament must honor its history and ban Amazon for insisting on selling consumers what they want at prices they like. 
Breathtaking Lawlessness The Freeman
Breathtaking Lawlessness

The Supreme Court just barely held back executive-branch overreach. But the instinct to acquire more power isn’t going anywhere.

Finance for the People The Freeman
Finance for the People

Technology is helping startups overcome financial barriers that would have scuttled new businesses just a few years back. Now it's the regulators who are in the way.

Earthquake Europe The Freeman
Earthquake Europe
The recent European Parliament elections are more about the need for reform than about the rise of far-right extremism.

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