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Bryan Caplan

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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.

Bryan Caplan's Articles

The Dystopian Novel that Foresaw the Nightmares of Socialism

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.

- October 14, 2016

On Christopher Columbus, the Far Left Is Correct

The far left's radical critique of Columbus Day rubs a lot of people the wrong way. But the facts are on their side.

- October 10, 2016

Shouldn't Bugs Have Rights If Other Animals Do?

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.

- October 04, 2016

7 Reasons I Can't Stand Politics

Preoccupation with politics brings out the worst in people.

- September 28, 2016

How Private Arbitration Could Nullify the State

The state's power ultimately derives from its monopoly on the final adjudication of disputes. Unsurprisingly, the state goes to great lengths to preserve this monopoly.

- September 27, 2016

Our Doom and Gloom Media Is Animal Farm in Reverse

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.

- September 26, 2016

I'm an Economist and I Refuse to Vote

When I look at voters, I see human beings at their hysterical, innumerate worst. When I look at politicians, I see mendacious, callous bullies. Even a bare hint of any of these traits appalls me.

- September 14, 2016

Is the Fear of Markets Rooted in Neurosis?

The neurotic cannot endure life in its real form, so he takes refuge in delusion.

- August 26, 2016

5 Things Research Says about Homeschooling

Do homeschoolers do better? Do parents matter? Are there downsides? What about college? Here's what the research says.

- July 27, 2016

Excluding Foreigners Is Much More Authoritarian than Censorship

Why are restrictions on migration embraced, while other illiberal (but less harsh) policies abhorred?

- June 03, 2016

Why the Era of Soaking the Rich Is Over

"Tax the rich" policies are a thing of the past for developed countries; here's why they won't be coming back.

- April 26, 2016

Behavioral Econ's Pro-Government Bias

Behavioral economics almost always fails to consider whether government action also suffers from bias, irrationality, and incentive problems.

- April 14, 2016

How America Became a Nation of Immigrants Again

In 1965, racist politicians accidentally opened up the US immigration system by replacing quotas with family unification.

- March 16, 2016

The Microaggressions of Immigration

Can natives declare the whole country a "safe space"?

- March 15, 2016

12 Reasons to Oppose the Welfare State

Why do some libertarians support (or not oppose) the welfare state? 

- March 07, 2016

10 Lessons on Irrational Voters from 2016

The median voter is a moderate national socialist, rationally ignorant and enthusiastically irrational.

- March 01, 2016

What Milton Friedman Got Right (And Wrong) about Welfare

Friedman argued that Social Security, not welfare, was the real problem.

- February 29, 2016

8 Tenets of Our Civic Religion (And Why They're Wrong)

Labor economics explodes the foundational claims of our culture's statist religion.

- December 22, 2015

Meet the Human Smugglers

The surprising and fascinating story of the entrepreneurs who run black market for migration. 

- October 22, 2015

Every Unpaid Internship Is Illegal

Instead of banning unpaid internships, we should make them available to everyone.

- August 25, 2015

Americans in States with More Immigrants Are More Pro-Immigration

People you know and interact with are harder to demonize, denigrate, or scapegoat.

- May 17, 2006

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