Interventionism

FEE is proud to partner with the Young America's Foundation (YAF) to produce "Clichés of Progressivism," a series of insightful commentaries covering topics of free enterprise, income inequality, and limited government.

The antecedents to this collection are two classic FEE publications that YAF helped distribute in the past: Clichés of Politics, published in 1994, and the more influential Clichés of Socialism, which made its first appearance in 1962. Indeed, this new collection will contain a number of essays from those two earlier works, updated for the present day where necessary. Other entries first appeared in some version in FEE’s journal, The Freeman. Still others are brand new, never having appeared in print anywhere. The essays were published weekly on the websites of both YAF and FEE: www.yaf.org and FEE.org.

Now that the series is complete, it has been compiled into book form by Regnery under the title Excuse Me, Professor, which you can purchase here. You may also want to read FEE's new weekly series "Real Heroes".

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

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

How Many People Can Planet Earth Sustain?

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

- August 27, 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

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

Don’t Let Me Design Your Retaining Wall

Reputation markets regulate quality and safety where state licensing boards fall short.

- July 13, 2015

Making Sense of Marriage, With and Without Government

Private marriage doesn't need the government's help, but civil marriage can protect families against the state. 

- July 06, 2015

Don’t Put Eleanor Roosevelt on the $10 Bill

If we put Eleanor's mugshot on any bill, it should be an invoice — for the costs of her complicity in prolonging the Great Depression and her attempts to use the FBI to silence critics. 

- July 06, 2015

The New Paganism? The Case against Pope Francis’s Green Encyclical

The worship of nature (as a cloak for hatred of capitalism) once again becomes a part of the religion.

- June 22, 2015

Why Is Snapchat More Secure than the Federal Government?

The government exposed data on 14 million federal employees to hackers. Should we trust it with ours?

- June 18, 2015

California Government Puts Uber on Blocks

The fate of a vast number of companies is at stake. The future is at stake.

- June 17, 2015

5 Reasons the FDA’s Ban on Trans Fat Is a Big Deal

Government doesn’t always know best about your health or nutritonal science.

- June 16, 2015

College Is Not a Theater

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

- June 11, 2015

NYT: Paid Family Leave Laws Often Backfire

America's paper of record explains how mandatory paid leave hurts women's job opportunities, salary, and career prospects.

- June 10, 2015

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

Progress is not driven by producing ever more of the essentials; it is driven by luxuries.

- June 08, 2015

Behavioral Econ and Imperfection: A Bad Case for Government Control

It's true that people aren't as perfectly rational as models assume — but that doesn't inherently justify state intervention.

- June 08, 2015

Planned Chaos

What is needed to stop the trend towards socialism and despotism is common sense and moral courage.

- June 02, 2015

Kelo: How Politicians Stole Her Home and Gave It to Pfizer (Who Destroyed It for Nothing)

The strange, sad story of how a momentous legal case arose from unlikely origins and shocked the nation.

- June 02, 2015

A Simple Question for Minimum Wage Advocates

Wage controls are restrictions on workers —? what if we acted like it?

- May 27, 2015

Health Insurance Is Illegal

If you tried to offer a real health insurance policy, they might throw you in jail.

- May 26, 2015

Don’t Listen to the Public (Even When They’re Right)

Voters don’t have the foggiest idea what they’re talking about, and they are almost never right except by accident.

- May 26, 2015

The Pathway to Faster Cures

There is an invisible graveyard filled with people who have suffered and died because of drug lag and drug loss.

- May 25, 2015

The New Republic: The Dumb "Libertarian Age" Is Here

To misunderstand the word libertarian is a failure to appreciate a living tradition that is now beginning to flower in the digital era.

- May 22, 2015

Permissionless Innovation vs. the Precautionary Principle

What if a new idea hurts an existing business? What if people lose their jobs? 

- May 19, 2015

Shut Up, Kid! (It's What You Really Want Anyway)

Salon.com argues that if you're old enough to drink, you're young enough to be censored and coddled.

- May 15, 2015

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