Daniel Bier


Member of: FEE Staff

Daniel Bier is the website editor for the Foundation for Economic Education, contributing editor to the Freeman magazine, and executive editor of The Skeptical Libertarian blog.

His work has appeared in Newsweek, the Freeman, the Volokh Conspiracy, the Commentator, Kyiv Post, and elsewhere. His work on guns, crime, and policing has been cited in the Washington Post and the Tampa Bay Times's Politifact.

He writes on issues related to science, civil liberties, and economic freedom.

Daniel Bier's Articles

Why Are Cop Killings so Much Rarer than They Used to Be?

We don't know the answer — but it's probably not violent crime, trust in police, or bulletproof vests. 

- July 18, 2016

How Many People Are Killed by Police?

A privately-run database has found over 14,000 people killed in police encounters since the year 2000 — and it's only 60 percent complete.

- July 14, 2016

Murders, Assaults, and Shootings of Police Are Rarer than Ever

Cops are less likely to be shot, killed, assaulted, or injured today than ever before; here's why that matters.

- July 12, 2016

"I'd Give the Devil Benefit of Law, for My Own Safety's Sake!"

"And go he should, if he were the Devil himself, until he broke the law!"


- June 23, 2016

4 Ways to Misuse Gun Statistics

There’s a lot of false, misleading, or irrelevant numbers being thrown around about guns and crime; here’s a brief guide to four.

- June 20, 2016

The Nursing Home Is an Experiment with Centrally Planned Society

Safety is a necessary but not sufficient condition for life.

- June 15, 2016

The First Congresswoman Was the Anti-Hillary Clinton

"I felt the first time the first woman had a chance to say no to war, she should say it."

- June 09, 2016

Donald Trump and Obi-Wan's Gambit

“You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

- June 07, 2016

An Awesome Map of World Trade and Shipping

This map shows the beating heart of global civilization. 

- May 03, 2016

Embracing Welfare Will Not Make Libertarianism Popular

Surrendering on the welfare state will not save the libertarian project — it will abandon it to incoherence.

- April 28, 2016

The 50-Year Disaster of Government Trains, Buses, and Streetcars

Taxpayers have forked over trillions to subsidize transit, and the results are an expensive embarrassment. 

- April 13, 2016

Jerry Brown: “Economically, the Minimum Wage May Not Make Sense”

But we're raising it to $15 an hour anyway, because of something about "living in a moral community."

- April 06, 2016

By the Numbers: Europe's Terror Problem

Western Europe is actually safer than ever — so why doesn't it feel that way?

- March 31, 2016

Good News Chart of the Day: Literacy in the Arab World

Below the surface, the Middle East and North Africa are experiencing a radical transformation.

- March 23, 2016

What Did Venezuela Use Before Candles?

Venezuela's government is shutting down the country for a week to save electricity.

- March 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders' Anti-Foreign Crankery

"You didn’t need a PhD in economics to understand that American workers should not be forced to compete against people in Mexico making 25 cents an hour."

- March 07, 2016

Scalia's Greatest Dissent: "What Is Golf"

"It has been rendered the solemn duty of the Supreme Court of the United States...to decide What Is Golf."

- February 15, 2016

The Mixed Legacy of a Judicial Giant

Whether they were loved or hated, Scalia stuck by his principles to the end.

- February 13, 2016

Two-Thirds of Americans Believe Money Buys Elections

The person with the most expensive microphone doesn't always get their way.

- February 04, 2016

Who Won in Iowa? And Why?

The ballots say Cruz. The markets say Rubio. But, in time, we may find that it was Trump after all.

- February 02, 2016

Why Bernie Sanders Has to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class

Asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton quipped, “Because that’s where the money is.”


- January 29, 2016

What Trump and Sanders Said about Oil Prices 4 Years Ago

"Forget what you may have read about the laws of supply and demand."

- January 21, 2016

ISIS Cuts Terrorist Salaries by Half

Times are tough in the theocracy, and insurgents are learning about incentives the hard way.

- January 20, 2016

Freedom and Mortality

We have less time than we think, because we will all lose our freedom and independence before we lose our lives.

- January 15, 2016

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