Iain Murray

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Iain Murray is vice president at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Iain Murray's Articles

The Prisoners’ Dilemma of Britain and the EU

The UK and EU are now like inmates stuck in their own psychic prisons, while the rest of the world watches from outside.

- June 29, 2016

DC Takes Aim at Airbnb, Hits Existing Rental Industry

The anti-Airbnb backlash is an attempt to shove the square peg of a new market phenomenon into the round hole of regulations written for a different market.

- June 06, 2016

Britain’s Top Tax Hunter Becomes the Prey

When free-market politicians play with statist fire, they are going to get burned.

- May 09, 2016

Why Is the Middle Class So Angry?

Individuals are best helped by giving them the freedom to succeed.

- April 11, 2016

Government Targets the App Economy

The difference this time is that the Luddites enjoy government support.

- March 10, 2016

Why Government Should Not Regulate the App Economy

Gamblers may understand the market better than government regulators do.

- January 21, 2016

Free Market Groups Putting Property Principles into Action

From South Africa to India, free market groups are helping to secure property rights for disenfranchised people  ending decades of injustice.  

- November 30, 2015

How the State Keeps You Working Long Hours

The 4-hour company and the 4-hour workweek are feasible — but only if the government allows them.

- November 10, 2015

Depression-Era Laws Threaten the Sharing Economy

The administration wants to turn back the clock on employment practices.

- October 21, 2015

World’s Poor: “We Want Capitalism”

There are several ways to ensure access to capital in the developing world, but the most important approach is to unlock the productive potential of the capital already available there.

- August 31, 2015

Liquid Capital Was the First Killer App

Deregulation could revive the moribund financial system, but the sharing economy may already be moving on.

- August 17, 2015

The Poor Need Affordable Energy

Reducing artificially high energy costs is the first step in tackling fuel poverty.

- June 02, 2015

Britain Back from the Brink of Socialism

All told, the British election was moderately good news for liberty, not the calamity it might have been.

- May 12, 2015

The UK’s Return to Socialism

By abdicating their philosophical role, British business leaders ceded the moral high ground primarily to their enemies. 

- April 27, 2015

Greece Jumps from Scylla to Charybdis

In sailing between a monster and a whirlpool, Greek voters have chosen to take the ship swirling to the bottom. 

- February 06, 2015

The Importance of Free Speech to Human Progress

Free speech is not only essential to the search for truth; it is vital to human progress.

- January 09, 2015

Kickstarting It Old School

Peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platforms represent the first steps in restoring American finance’s innovative spirit.

- December 15, 2014

Greedy Corporations Save Lives

Multinational corporations are conspiring to save people from disease and make a profit while doing it.

- November 20, 2014

The Smaug Fallacy

The genius of capitalism is that it spreads the wealth around.

- October 30, 2014

Freedom and Whisky Go Together

Scottish secession is not about liberalization per se, but an independent Scotland might have to rediscover Adam Smith.

- September 16, 2014

Sending Money Home: Technology or Bureaucracy?

People in poor countries rely on money their relatives send from abroad; regulators are threatening new ways to make these transfers "safer" and "cheaper." 

- August 26, 2014

Deputizing America

Government agencies are threatening businesses with prosecution if they fail to do the government’s law enforcement legwork. It’s already shutting down business.

- August 18, 2014

A Petition from the Booksellers

France’s parliament must honor its history and ban Amazon for insisting on selling consumers what they want at prices they like. 

- July 29, 2014

Breathtaking Lawlessness

The Supreme Court just barely held back executive-branch overreach. But the instinct to acquire more power isn’t going anywhere.

- July 09, 2014

Finance for the People

Technology is helping startups overcome financial barriers that would have scuttled new businesses just a few years back. Now it's the regulators who are in the way.

- June 18, 2014

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