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Dan Sanchez is Managing Editor of FEE.orgHe is also a prolific essayist, specializing in clarifying economic principles and explaining geopolitics. He is a contributing editor at Antiwar.com and an independent journalist at TheAntiMedia.org. Dan has also delivered many lectures and speeches on economics and foreign policy. His writings and talks are collected at DanSanchez.me.

Dan Sanchez has worked in education since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001. He has worked in economics and liberty education since 2010, when he and Jeffrey Tucker developed and launched the Mises Academy, the first ever online course platform for free market economics. Dan has also served as editor of Mises.org.

In 2016 Dan Sanchez joined the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), where he strives every day to help people understand and appreciate the marvels of the market economy and the importance of individual liberty for society.

Dan Sanchez's Articles

Did God Make It Rain for Trump's Inauguration?

After Donald Trump delivered his first speech as President of the United States, evangelist Franklin Graham took the stage and said:

“Mr. President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform.”

It is telling that the reverend would contribute to the inauguration, not only a benediction, but an interpretation of an omen. Our custom of inaugurating government officials derives from the ancient religious practice of investing kings and magistrates with power through a ceremony in which a priest interpreted natural events as signs that a god favored the office-holder.

The “augury" offered by Reverend Graham was only the latest in a millennia-old tradition. Opponents of Trump have denounced it as an intrusion of superstitious religiosity into our secular governing institutions. But in truth, Graham’s divination fit right in. Our presidential inaugurations are just as thoroughly religious as were the ancient rituals from which they derive.

- January 20, 2017

Should Bitcoin’s Birth Have Been Impossible?

Today is Bitcoin’s 8th birthday. The digital currency’s fans can celebrate the day with extra joy (and perhaps expensive libations), since its price has run up to over $1,000.

On January 3, 2009, the first bitcoins were mined from the “Genesis block.” While that Bitcoin’s technological birth, it wasn’t born economically until some time afterward, when someone first accepted it as payment for a commodity or service. That was the origin of its value as a medium of exchange, the role that makes Bitcoin so potentially world-changing.

Some thought such a moment should have been impossible, or was at least problematic. Bitcoin was never a commodity. And according to Austrian economics as they understood it, money can only originate out of the barter of commodities.

- January 03, 2017

Was 2016 Really So Bad, or Are You Too Caught Up in the News Cycle?

On New Year’s Eve, many said “Bye Felicia” (today’s meme version of “good riddance”) to 2016. Some called the year a dumpster fire. People I know expressed such sentiments on social media. Yet I know for a fact that many of them had splendid years: a new job, a new love in their life, a childbirth, etc. They had every reason to celebrate the good fortune of their past year, but instead looked back on it as an awful ordeal. Why?

- January 02, 2017

Liberate Your Life with This Ebook Full of Inspiring Essays

In 2017, resolve to be free: personally and professionally. This new ebook from FEE can help. It includes essays filled with concrete advice by Jeffrey Tucker, Lawrence Reed, Dan Sanchez, Isaac Morehouse, and more.

- January 01, 2017

Your Life, Your Work

The following essays explain how embracing the broader freedom philosophy can enhance your own life. They deal with how you can gain peace of mind and motivation by taking ownership over your own thoughts and feelings, how you can thrive and prosper at work by taking ownership over your own career, and  how you can learn and grow by taking ownership over your own life-long education.

This book is about your life and your work: emphasis on “your.”

- December 31, 2016

Hack Your Habits to Transform Your Life

Habits comprise much of one’s character. And as Heraclitus said, “A man’s character is his fate.” You choose your fate by choosing your character. And you choose your character by shaping your habits.

By shaping your habits, you can radically transform just about anything about yourself. “I’m kind of lazy. I’m not good with money. I’m not an athlete.” These are not verities. They’re manifestations of habits, and all habits can be hacked.

- December 15, 2016

Amazon Go Will Kill Dreary Lines, Not “Our Jobs”

Store workers used to be an even bigger part of the shopping process. The customer used to give a shopping list to a clerk, who would then himself have to rummage through the store and collect the items. In 1916, Piggly Wiggly innovated the first “self-service” grocery store, in which shoppers browsed the aisles themselves. Customers found the new model to be more convenient and time-saving, so it swept the industry. Amazon Go is simply finishing what Piggly Wiggly started, developing the first fully self-service grocery store by eliminating the cashier.

If we are to scupper Amazon Go for the sake of cashiers, why not go even further back in time? Why not create endless work for store clerks by abolishing the supermarket and restoring full-service grocery stores?

- December 09, 2016

Self-Discipline Must Be Selfish

Even when real authority figures are not involved, we feel the need to create them in our minds. This is easy to do, because after a whole childhood and youth of constantly being judged by others, we have internalized our judges. That part of you that says, “I’m so stupid,” or “I’m so lazy,” when you don’t live up to certain standards is the spiritual residue (ghosts, if you will) of dozens of past authority figures.

Browbeating yourself into good behavior is not self-discipline either. It is obedience to the internalized expectations of others.

- December 07, 2016

How Work Became Drudgery Once Again

School stunted and stultified the entrepreneurial spirit of the American individual, thereby proletarianizing him. It turned him into a “labor force” soldier to be deployed, a pawn to be moved, a “human resource” to be allocated. And not to be deployed, moved, and allocated by himself, but by paternalistic institutions: by his employer and by his “champions” in his union and/or his government.

- December 06, 2016

The Great Emancipation of Human Labor

In the late 18th century, Adam Smith wrote a book to explain the unprecedented rising prosperity that blessed certain countries but eluded others. In his 1776 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Smith credited the new widespread opulence to what he called “liberal principles,” including free trade (“the liberal system of free exportation and free importation”) and liberty in general (the practice of “allowing every man to pursue his own interest his own way, upon the liberal plan of equality, liberty and justice”).

In other words, the Great Enrichment flowed from the Great Emancipation.

- November 15, 2016

Post-Election Advice to Optimists, Pessimists, and Cynics

But what is most debilitating is the fact that you are constantly squandering precious time, effort, and emotional reserves that could have otherwise gone directly toward actually improving your own life. Toward creating opportunities for yourself and your family. Toward circumventing and thereby nullifying the impositions and threats made by rulers.

- November 10, 2016

Democracy Is War by Other Means

What we have with an interventionist democratic state then is a Hobbesian state of affairs: a formalized proxy civil war of all against all.

- November 08, 2016

Are You Not Selfish Enough?

Living free means granting yourself the serenity that comes with acceptance of a basic fact: that you cannot ultimately control how others act or what they think of you, so it is pointless to be preoccupied with the preferences of others. It is making room in your soul for the courage to unreservedly tackle the one thing you can fundamentally change for the better: your own life.

- October 24, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Has No Silver Lining

The southeast Atlantic coast is plagued not just by Hurricane Matthew, but economic fallacies that compound the disaster as well. People are arguing that storm damage will stimulate the economy by requiring repairs, but they aren't seeing the economic activity that would have created entirely new goods and services that is made impossible because the resources needed are tied up restoring old goods and services.

- October 07, 2016

Mises Never Gave In to Evil

#HappyBirthdayMises

Put yourself in Mises's shoes on the front line. You, better than anyone else in history, understand the workings of the peaceful market society. You understand the fatal flaws of socialism and interventionism, and the futility of war. You have the answers! You know the societal code that would unlock and unleash humanity's potential.

But nobody will listen to you, and you are surrounded by destruction and madness. Moreover, you yourself may at any moment be devoured by this war that rages around you, and all these unwritten ideas that are bubbling over in your mind will be lost to humanity forever.

It would be enough to break almost any man. But, fortunately for us, Mises was not only a genius but also a paragon of moral courage.

- September 29, 2016

Do Orcs Love Their Children Too?

George R.R. Martin once asked: what does Aragorn do after he wins? Kill all the orc babies?

- September 22, 2016

Economics Helps You Deal with Difficult People

What if you’re dealing with a co-worker who is always looking to sabotage you at a job you don’t want to quit? You can’t just hide from him in the storage closet. You can’t just smack him in the face with a keyboard, like James McAvoy did to Chris Pratt in the movie Wanted. Without the economic way of thinking, all you can do is simmer in resentment.

European Ruling against Apple and Ireland Vindicates Brexit

The European Union has shown itself to be a compulsory tax cartel.

- August 30, 2016

Entrepreneurship Is for Everybody

To successfully manage your career, to truly thrive in the labor market, requires all of the character traits normally attributed to people who are “cut out” for entrepreneurship.

- August 29, 2016

Is Playing Powerball More Rational than Voting for President?

The lottery has been called a “tax on people who are bad at math.” But how many people play a much more dangerous game with much worse odds? By taking part in the voting power ritual, you are not only helping to propel an engine of destruction, but helping to maintain it.

- August 09, 2016

Virtue Signaling: Why Political Debates on the Internet Are So Often Pointless

Thanks to this conditioning, we have all become approval-junkies, always on the lookout for our next fix of external validation: for the next little rush of dopamine we get whenever we are patted on the head by others for being a “good boy” or a “good girl,” for exhibiting the right behavior, for giving the right answer, for expressing the right opinion.

- July 21, 2016

Happy 99th Birthday Bettina Bien Greaves

The Foundation for Economic Education celebrates the 99th birthday of Bettina Bien Greaves.

- July 19, 2016

The Sniper Shooting in Dallas Was Both Murder and Blowback

Collectivist violence is not justice

- July 08, 2016

From Cops to Clinton: Impunity Corrupts

Yesterday, two shocking videos of police officers fatally shooting civilians (Alton Sterling and Philando Castile) surfaced. The day before, many were appalled to hear the Director of the FBI announce that Hillary Clinton would not be charged for mishandling classified information. The two events may seem unrelated, but at bottom, they concern the same fundamental problem: impunity.

- July 07, 2016

Intellectual Property Is Theft

The true property-owner must ever be at odds with the intellectual monopolist.

- June 30, 2016

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