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George C. Leef

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George Leef is the former book review editor of The Freeman. He is director of research at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

George C. Leef's Articles

Progressives' Paranoid Fantasy of "Right-wing Billionaires Infiltrating Higher Ed"

Diversity is the greatest good, unless it's diverse ideas, in which case diversity is a conspiracy by mustache-twirling villains.

- April 29, 2016

Grade Inflation Eats Away at the Meaning of College

Today’s students are receiving substantially higher grades for substantially lower academic gains.

- April 21, 2016

No, Mr. Trump, Victims of Eminent Domain Do Not "Get a Fortune"

An offer you can't refuse is never a good deal.

- February 26, 2016

This Crazy 100-Year-Old Law Makes Almost Everything More Expensive

Why Hawaiian ranchers fly cows on jumbo jets, and why it's cheaper to ship US oil to other countries than to US cities.

- February 11, 2016

Where Is Speech Most Restricted in America?

Private universities are no longer "safe spaces" for free speech, and students have little recourse.

- December 11, 2015

Why Should We Forgive "Public Servants'" Student Loans?

The program doesn't make any sense, but every group wants to be included in it.

- November 16, 2015

Arizona Takes Asset Forfeiture to a Despicable New Low

Arizona seizes innocent people's property and then threatens them with crippling fees if they try to challenge it. 

- October 07, 2015

The Biggest Myth about Student Loans

Yes, debtors can discharge their loans in bankruptcy, and the taxpayers pay for it. 

- October 06, 2015

Government Loans Make College More Expensive, Worsen Income Inequality

Federal student aid makes education more costly and makes the distribution of income more unequal. 

- August 04, 2015

He Beat the IRS in Court, But They Won't Make Him Whole

The government wastes more money each second than it would cost to compensate this asset forfeiture victim, but they're fighting it tooth and nail. 

- July 30, 2015

College Students Expect (and Demand) to Have Their Beliefs Confirmed

You're so right! And if anyone tells you different, file a Title IX complaint against them.

- July 09, 2015

Does “I, Pencil” Need to be Revisited?

I, Pencil showed the brilliance of market cooperation; does it need an update to show government's role?

- July 06, 2015

College Is Not a Theater

Does Harvard think too many Asians will ruin the atmosphere of higher education? 

- June 11, 2015

How Much Value Does Your College Really Add?

For decades, Americans have been infatuated with US News's arbitrary college rankings; a new system might show us the truth.

- May 20, 2015

What Do the Model-T and the Tesla Have in Common?

Henry Ford and Elon Musk both had to fight cartels to be allowed to sell their vehicles. 

- May 13, 2015

What LeBron Can Teach You About Economics

In Popular Economics, readers learn the economic way of thinking through sports, culture, and Downton Abbey. 

- April 14, 2015


The President has offered pseudo-apologies for inflicting a disaster on Americans. Don’t hold your breath waiting for much more.

- February 27, 2014

Neighborhood Effects or Culture Rot?

At one time, Friedman thought higher education should be subsidized for its neighborhood effects. He later changed his mind.

- September 16, 2013

The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State

A review of The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State, by Bruce Benson

- December 06, 2012

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