Bryan Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University, research fellow at the Mercatus Center, adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and blogger for EconLog. He is a member of the FEE Faculty Network.
Seventy years before the Berlin Wall, Eugen Richter’s boldly predicted that German socialism would inspire a mass exodus—and that the socialists would respond by banning emigration, and punishing violators with deadly force.
The most compelling objection to animal rights, to my mind, has long been... bugs. Bugs are animals. Every human being directly kills bugs just by walking - and indirectly kills bugs by renting and buying constructed housing. Yet I've never heard even a strict vegan express a word of moral condemnation for this mass animal killing.
In the Soviet Union, The Party used its media monopoly to brainwash its citizens into accepting their wretched existence. It's tempting to tell a mirror image story for the West: Hostile journalists seek to undermine a glorious world they hate.
Why are restrictions on migration embraced, while other illiberal (but less harsh) policies abhorred?
Friedman argued that Social Security, not welfare, was the real problem.
Labor economics explodes the foundational claims of our culture's statist religion.
People you know and interact with are harder to demonize, denigrate, or scapegoat.
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