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Sandy Ikeda

Sandy Ikeda
Sandy Ikeda

Sandy Ikeda is a professor of economics at Purchase College, SUNY, and the author of The Dynamics of the Mixed Economy: Toward a Theory of InterventionismHe is a member of the FEE Faculty Network.

Sandy Ikeda's Articles and Posts

From the Santa Claus Principle to Krampus Economics The Freeman
Government Is Krampus, Not Santa

There’s a lump of coal under the Christmas tree, packaged as government largesse.

Who Do Economic Profits Belong To? The Freeman
Who Do Economic Profits Belong To?

Discovering what we don’t know we don’t know creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to earn profits.

3 Mistakes Free Marketers Often Make The Freeman
3 Mistakes Free Marketers Often Make

To promote the economic way of thinking, we need to stop making these basic mistakes.

Social Justice versus the Left The Freeman
Social Justice versus the Left

Despite a shared philosophy, progressive groups must fight for a finite pool of tax dollars.

The Enemy of Affordable Housing The Freeman
The Enemy of Affordable Housing

What’s hard to see in the heated, off-the-cuff political debates are the consequences of rent regulations in San Francisco.

Big Pharma and the Opposite of Science The Freeman
Big Pharma and the Opposite of Science

Looking beyond greed for the source of high pharmaceutical prices doesn’t make you a bad person.

Humane Transitions to Freedom The Freeman
Humane Transitions to Freedom

The alternative to shock therapy isn’t ideological compromise.

Progressivism Is Illiberal The Freeman
Progressivism Is Illiberal

People like Mayor Bill de Blasio don’t hesitate to use violence to achieve their goals. That’s because aggression lies at the foundation of progressive ideology.

How Not to Help Sweatshop Workers The Freeman
How Not to Help Sweatshop Workers

You hear that H&M buys shirts from a factory in Bangladesh that works its employees long hours under harsh conditions and low pay. What’s the moral thing to do?

Will Robots Put Everyone Out of Work? The Freeman
Will Robots Put Everyone Out of Work?

Machines might substitute for labor in the short term, but in the long term they complement labor and increase its productivity.

How Life Finds a Way in the Regulatory State The Freeman
How Life Finds a Way in the Regulatory State

While the growth of government around the world is discouraging, and the struggle to break free goes on, the inventiveness of clever, creative people who find the gaps is a source of hope.

Don't Worship the Free Market The Freeman
Don't Worship the Free Market

To say that liberty will take care of a problem is not a shut-up argument, and it shouldn’t be used that way. 

Capitalist Theory Is Better Than Socialist Reality The Freeman
Capitalist Theory Is Better Than Socialist Reality
Are advocates of the free market playing a hypocritical game in the debate with anti-capitalists, or do we have economic theory on our side?
Those Who Shape Us, the Lives We Touch The Freeman
Those Who Shape Us, the Lives We Touch

Earlier this month, my 67-year-old sister, Ginger, died peacefully after a long illness. Her human action changed my life.

Visualizing the Trade-Offs between Liberty and Safety The Freeman
Visualizing the Trade-Offs between Liberty and Safety

Diagramming the supposed trade-off between safety and liberty may help us see the false dichotomy.

Who Ignores the Principle of Scarcity? The Freeman
Who Ignores the Principle of Scarcity?

In everyday life, it’s usually impossible to ignore the existence of scarcity. But politicians and progressives have made a cottage industry out of wishing scarcity away.

Blurring the Lines between Products and Services The Freeman
Blurring the Lines between Products and Services
Hand-wringing over the loss of manufacturing may have to do with a false distinction between manufacturing and services.
The Other Half of the Inflation Story The Freeman
The Other Half of the Inflation Story
Credit expansion is like someone making too many of some puzzle pieces and too few of others, and then trying to force them all together.
The Incoherence of the Mixed Economy The Freeman
The Incoherence of the Mixed Economy

One thing the free market and collectivism have in common is logical coherence. But what does this mean for the mixed economy?

How Does Paris Get Fed? The Freeman
How Does Paris Get Fed?

Frédéric Bastiat, the great 19th-century economic journalist, famously asked, “How does Paris get fed?” In a nutshell, I think that’s the central question of economics.

Trading with “The Other” The Freeman
Trading with “The Other”
Imagine our shock when we learned that the landlord didn't want to rent to us because of our race.
Adam Smith: Zen Master The Freeman
Adam Smith: Zen Master

Eastern and Western traditions share a powerful insight: “The present moment is all you ever have.” Eckhart Tolle, Ludwig von Mises, and Adam Smith agree.

Competition in the Marketplace of Libertarian Ideas The Freeman
Competition in the Marketplace of Libertarian Ideas
There is no better example of voluntary, peaceful cooperation than what I saw at ISFLC.
Shut Out: How Land-Use Regulations Hurt the Poor The Freeman
Shut Out: How Land-Use Regulations Hurt the Poor

People sometimes support regulations, often with the best of intentions, but these wind up creating outcomes they don’t like. Land-use regulations are a prime example.

Visions of Progress: Henry George vs. Jane Jacobs The Freeman
Visions of Progress: Henry George vs. Jane Jacobs
George disparaged great cities, while Jacobs celebrated them.

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