Government Intervention

Why We're Still Debating the Decades-Old Crude-Oil Ban

The ban on exporting crude oil shows a complete disregard for basic economics.

- October 07, 2015

At Fukushima, Fear Was More Deadly than Radiation

Not one person has died or gotten sick from radiation, but over 1,600 died from the mandatory evacuation. 

- October 01, 2015

How the Government Makes Data Hacks a Thousand Times Worse

It's government policy that makes every hack of corporate or federal databases a potentially limitless disaster for the victims.

- September 29, 2015

Homeschooling Is a Threat to Public Education

Advocates of government education are right to be worried by the number of homeschool families, but not because homeschooled kids are learning any anti-government ideology at home. The greatest threat that homeschooling poses to the government system is its diversity, its resiliency, and its undisputed academic success.

- September 22, 2015

Don’t Smash the State

If the state is a ticking time bomb, libertarians are the bomb squad called in to defuse it before it goes off.

- September 17, 2015

Students for Sale

A public school teacher says there has to be a better way, one in which students are not mere cogs in a machine or widgets to be delivered at the end of production. 

- September 15, 2015

Social Enterprises Are Fixing What Government Destroys

Social enterprises’ goals hint at their important role in the economy: to help repair the damage caused by public policy.

- September 08, 2015

The Stink of Corruption in the "Other White Meat"

The classic Public Choice story behind America's powerful pork cartel. 

- September 04, 2015

Government Permission to Work

Americans are concerned about too few jobs and too little economic growth. Ending occupational licensure would address both issues.

- September 03, 2015

Obama's Econ Advisers: Occupational Licensing Is a Disaster

Over 25 percent of American workers must get permission from the state to work, and it's killing the American dream.

- September 02, 2015

How Many People Can Planet Earth Sustain?

Free societies turn the threat of population growth into its own solution.

- August 27, 2015

Krugman: China Suffering from "Bungling" Interventions and "Political Dictation of Prices"

Sustained economic intervention and political price controls are bad, except when they're not?

- August 26, 2015

Warning: Government Warning Labels May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Mandatory warning and information labels can be deceptive and counterproductive. 

- 12:00 AM

Market Corrections Inspire Dangerous Political Panic

Stock market corrections are dangerous mostly because of politics, not economics.

- August 23, 2015

When Judges Quit Protecting Liberty

The rational basis test is an excuse for the courts abandon their duty to judge the law and uncover the truth.

- August 20, 2015

The Happy Meal Fallacy

Would a law requiring firms to provide all workers with fries and a drink help workers?

- August 17, 2015

"Excuse Me, Professor": Larry Reed on the Tom Woods Show

Lawrence Reed talks with Tom Woods about FEE's new book: Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism.

- August 12, 2015

The Credential Is Killing the Classroom

As long as legal and cultural norms make the degree the primary signal of value in the marketplace, the classroom will continue to decline in quality. 

- August 11, 2015

How Life Finds a Way in the Regulatory State

While the growth of government around the world is discouraging, and the struggle to break free goes on, the inventiveness of clever, creative people who find the gaps is a source of hope.

- August 04, 2015

The Politics of Nostalgia

Progressives join many conservatives in their misty view of the 1950s.

- July 22, 2015

Could Hillary Turn around the Fate of the Middle Class?

Yes, by making a lot of families a lot poorer.

- July 16, 2015

Who Will Protect Us from Tainted Food Trucks?

The sharing economy is driven by information- sharing, solving knowledge problems regulators cannot.

- July 16, 2015

5 Unintended Consequences of Regulation and Government Meddling

Well-intentioned laws can cause serious mischief and hurt the very groups supposedly being helped.

- July 15, 2015

Why Be Nice to a Cab Driver?

Cutthroat competition drives us to compassionate cooperation. 

- July 08, 2015

The Little Crypto that Could

Even if a cryptocurrency was only worth a penny, that would be enough. 

- July 06, 2015

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