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Government Intervention

Strong Evidence of a Weak Recovery Anything Peaceful
Did the Fed Fix the Economy? There's Strong Evidence of a Weak Recovery.

Seven years after bailouts, stimulus, and a flood of fiat money, government officials are struggling to save their legacy. 

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.

The Credential Is Killing the Classroom The Freeman
The Credential Is Killing the Classroom

As long as legal and cultural norms make the degree the primary signal of value in the marketplace, the classroom will continue to decline in quality. 

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.

The Politics of Nostalgia The Freeman
The Politics of Nostalgia
Progressives join many conservatives in their misty view of the 1950s.
Who Will Protect Us from Tainted Food Trucks? Anything Peaceful
Who Will Protect Us from Tainted Food Trucks?
The sharing economy is driven by information- sharing, solving knowledge problems regulators cannot.
Could Hillary Turn around the Fate of the Middle Class? Anything Peaceful
Could Hillary Turn around the Fate of the Middle Class?
Yes, by making a lot of families a lot poorer.
5 Unintended Consequences of Regulation and Government Meddling The Freeman
5 Unintended Consequences of Regulation and Government Meddling

Well-intentioned laws can cause serious mischief and hurt the very groups supposedly being helped.

Why Be Nice to a Cab Driver? Anything Peaceful
Why Be Nice to a Cab Driver?

Cutthroat competition drives us to compassionate cooperation. 

The Little Crypto that Could Anything Peaceful
The Little Crypto that Could

Even if a cryptocurrency was only worth a penny, that would be enough. 

America Isn't Getting More Liberal — It's Getting More Libertarian. Anything Peaceful
America Isn't Getting More Liberal — It's Getting More Libertarian.

America isn’t getting more liberal or more conservative — it’s getting more libertarian.

How to Outsource Your Compassion to the Government The Freeman
How to Outsource Your Compassion to the Government

Millions of people have trouble earning a living. Isn’t it perverse to burden those who are doing the most to alleviate the problem? 

Is Michelle Obama a Brilliant Experimental Economist? Anything Peaceful
Is Michelle Obama a Brilliant Experimental Economist?
Sure, it looks like she's just meddling in kids' lunches, but maybe it's really a subtle social experiment. 
Hillary Staffers Can't Afford New York's Government-Controlled Housing Market Anything Peaceful
Hillary Staffers Can't Afford New York's Government-Controlled Housing Market
Progressives have made their bed, but they can't afford to lie in it. 
Neoliberalism: Making a Boogeyman Out of a Buzzword Anything Peaceful
Neoliberalism: Making a Boogeyman Out of a Buzzword
Progressives are trying to pin corporatism on free-marketeers, but it's the mixed economy that ends up in the hands of the powerful.
“SCOTUScare”: Supreme Court Guts Obamacare to Uphold Subsidies Anything Peaceful
“SCOTUScare”: Supreme Court Guts Obamacare to Uphold Subsidies
The Obama administration won, but the Affordable Care Act (and the rule of law) lost. 
What Can the Government Steal? Anything It Pays For. Anything Peaceful
What Can the Government Steal? Anything It Pays For.
The raisin decision was good news, but it didn’t go far enough by actually limiting what government can take from citizens.
5 Reasons the FDA’s Ban on Trans Fat Is a Big Deal Anything Peaceful
5 Reasons the FDA’s Ban on Trans Fat Is a Big Deal
Government doesn’t always know best about your health or nutritonal science.
What Will Obama Do if He Loses at the Supreme Court? Anything Peaceful
What Will Obama Do if He Loses at the Supreme Court?
The president is in direct violation of his own health care law — what will he do if he loses? 
Bootleggers, Baptists, and Bribes in the Magna Carta Anything Peaceful
Bootleggers, Baptists, and Bribes in the Magna Carta
The Great Charter was overall a win for liberty. But from the crooked timber of politics, nothing entirely straight is made.
Behavioral Econ and Imperfection: A Bad Case for Government Control Anything Peaceful
Behavioral Econ and Imperfection: A Bad Case for Government Control

It's true that people aren't as perfectly rational as models assume — but that doesn't inherently justify state intervention.

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War The Freeman
How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

Progress is not driven by producing ever more of the essentials; it is driven by luxuries.

"Paid Family Leave" Is a Great Way to Hurt Women The Freeman
"Paid Family Leave" Is a Great Way to Hurt Women

Mandating paid leave will reduce hiring opportunities and base pay, especially for women.   

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.
How Government Turned Baltimore into Pottersville Anything Peaceful
How Government Turned Baltimore into Pottersville

Trusting federal housing subsidies to help save the city is the ultimate triumph of hope over experience. 

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