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Clichés of Progressivism

#32 – FDR Was Elected in 1932 on a Progressive Platform to Plan the Economy

NOVEMBER 21, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Franklin Roosevelt delivered a lot of central planning from Washington but that wasn't what he asked voters to endorse in the 1932 election.

#31 – “Labor Unions Raise Wages and the Standard of Living”

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 by HANS F. SENNHOLZ

Wages can only be paid out of what is produced (no production, no wages), therefore greater productivity is the key to higher wages.

#30 – Capitalism’s Industrial Revolution Cursed the World with the Horror of Child Labor

NOVEMBER 07, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

It was the Industrial Revolution that improved productivity so parents could earn enough to afford to leave their children at home.

#29 – “Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ Proved Regulation Was Required”

OCTOBER 31, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Those who uphold Upton Sinclair's myth need to take a closer look at history.

#28 – “Government Spending Brings Jobs and Prosperity”

OCTOBER 24, 2014 by HENRY HAZLITT

The broken-window fallacy reminds us to consider the future as well as the present.

#27 – “Government Must Have the Power to Make People Take Better Care of Themselves”

OCTOBER 17, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

It's easy to fall into the trap of the "quick fix" that suggests the use of force to address a perceived problem.

#26 - “Without Government Schools, Most People Wouldn't Get an Education"

OCTOBER 10, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

A one-size-fits-all approach to education is the last thing needed when what you're attempting to educate are millions of unique individuals.

#25 – “If Government Doesn’t Relieve Distress, Who Will?”

OCTOBER 03, 2014 by LEONARD E. READ

Without government assistance, a massive amount of private, voluntary aid has poured forth from American citizens since the first settlement here.

#24 -"Americans Squander Their Incomes on Themselves While Public Needs Are Neglected"

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 by EDMUND OPITZ

Freedom means spending your own money the way you choose, even if you sometimes choose foolishly.

#23 – “The Balance of Trade Deficit Requires Government Action”

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

No trades are deemed as anything but "favorable" by those engaged in the trading, so how can anyone add all those trades up and arrive at something "unfavorable"?

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