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Free Trade

FEE is proud to partner with the Young America's Foundation (YAF) to produce "Clichés of Progressivism," a series of insightful commentaries covering topics of free enterprise, income inequality, and limited government.

The antecedents to this collection are two classic FEE publications that YAF helped distribute in the past: Clichés of Politics, published in 1994, and the more influential Clichés of Socialism, which made its first appearance in 1962. Indeed, this new collection will contain a number of essays from those two earlier works, updated for the present day where necessary. Other entries first appeared in some version in FEE’s journal, The Freeman. Still others are brand new, never having appeared in print anywhere. The essays were published weekly on the websites of both YAF and FEE: www.yaf.org and FEE.org.

Now that the series is complete, it has been compiled into book form by Regnery under the title Excuse Me, Professor, which you can purchase here. You may also want to read FEE's new weekly series "Real Heroes".

This Crazy 100-Year-Old Law Makes Almost Everything More Expensive Anything Peaceful
This Crazy 100-Year-Old Law Makes Almost Everything More Expensive

Why Hawaiian ranchers fly cows on jumbo jets, and why it's cheaper to ship US oil to other countries than to US cities.

Progress Does Hurt Blameless People Anything Peaceful
Progress Will Hurt Blameless People

Creative destruction doesn't feel very creative when it happens to you.

Defending Sweatshops and Worker Choice Anything Peaceful
Defending Sweatshops and Worker Choice

Factory work often provides higher wages and better job prospects for women in poor countries.

Why Americans Don't Invade Canada Anything Peaceful
Why Americans Don't Invade Canada

It's not merely because we don't want to lose customers or suppliers.

One Bill Could Massively Improve Access to Lifesaving Drugs Anything Peaceful
One Bill Could Massively Improve Access to Lifesaving Drugs

A bill by Ted Cruz and Mike Lee could create a safe global market for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. 

Why Is It Illegal to Sell Oil Overseas? Anything Peaceful
Why Is It Illegal to Sell American Oil Overseas?

The United States has tons of oil and gas, but the law makes it impossible to export any of it to Europe, leaving the EU dependent on Russian power.

97.5% Faster: Human Progress in the Last Century Anything Peaceful
97.5% Faster: Human Progress in the Last Century

A new map of the world shows how long it took to get anywhere on earth from London in 1914. 

Foreign Imports Are Good for Americans Anything Peaceful
Foreign Imports Are Good for Americans

Politicians's obsession with exports, industry, and "jobs" misses the bigger picture.

Putting Income Inequality in Perspective Anything Peaceful
Putting Income Inequality in Perspective

If you earn $32,400 a year, you're in “the one percent.” 

When the Power of Love Replaced the Love of Power The Freeman
When the Power of Love Replaced the Love of Power

Today, when a candidate promises smaller government but ends up moderating his positions while in power, conventional wisdom credits him with having “grown in office.” Gladstone’s philosophy evolved in precisely the opposite direction.

Liberalism by Ludwig von Mises Books
Liberalism, by Ludwig von Mises (1927)

Ludwig von Mises's classic 1927 book on the free society. 

People Die Trying to Get to America, Too Anything Peaceful
People Die Trying to Get to America, Too

Closing off the United States has caused thousands of deaths along the border. 

Does America Still Make Anything? Anything Peaceful
Trump Is Wrong: America Makes Tons of Stuff

Donald Trump says the US doesn't make anything; in fact, America is making more things better — than ever.

Open Borders or No Borders? Anything Peaceful
Open Borders or No Borders?

People should be free to go where they please, but governments should be penned up and kept away from each other.

Bernie Sanders Wants Us to Be Like Denmark Anything Peaceful
Bernie Sanders Wants Us to Be Like Denmark

Bernie Sanders says he wants the US to be more like Denmark: here's where we should start. 

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.

Does "Fair Trade" Help Poor Workers? Anything Peaceful
Does "Fair Trade" Help Poor Workers?
Is Fair Trade about doing good or just feeling good? 
Does America Ban Immigration? Anything Peaceful
Does America Ban Immigration?

For people without a college degree or a close American relative, the Statue of Liberty’s “Golden Door” is almost completely shut.

Politics Worsens Racial Divides; Markets Can Mend Them Anything Peaceful
Politics Worsens Racial Divides; Markets Can Mend Them

When government intervenes, it creates conflict, unfairness, and harms people’s capacity to work toward a more peaceful and prosperous world.

Who Is Building the Private, Peer-to-Peer Marketplace? The Freeman
Who Is Building the Private, Peer-to-Peer Marketplace?
“The ability to engage in trade directly with someone in person is a great thing, and it’s a shame that hasn’t been possible online — until now.”
Did "No Irish Need Apply" Signs Really Exist? Anything Peaceful
Did "No Irish Need Apply" Signs Really Exist?
And what do they tell us about America, then and now?
Adam Smith Proved Ideas Matter Anything Peaceful
Adam Smith Proved Ideas Matter
Adam Smith proved that ideas can change the world, and we are all immeasurably better off because of the ideas he shattered and the ones he set in motion. 
Trumpism: The Ideology Anything Peaceful
Trumpism: The Ideology
As bad as the status quo is, it could be worse. Trump is dedicated to taking us there.
The Radical Case for Pragmatic Libertarianism Anything Peaceful
The Radical Case for Pragmatic Libertarianism

By directly engaging in the policy process, libertarians can have a real influence on our country, which means more liberty in our lifetime.

In Praise of Capitalist Globalization Anything Peaceful
In Praise of Capitalist Globalization

In this era of “savage capitalism,” the world has seen unprecedented declines in poverty and increases in global welfare.

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