Special Interests

Federal Bureaucrats Are Paid 78% More than Private Sector Workers

The federal government is the fourth highest paying industry in America, and after the end of the wage-freeze, it is booming again. 

- October 06, 2015

Crackdown on Uber Puts Londoners at Risk

Regulators are making ride service worse and putting vulnerable people at risk, just to protect the cab cartel.

- October 01, 2015

Privatizing Marriage Makes No Sense

Privatizing marriage can’t sidestep the broader questions about who should get married to whom and under what circumstances.

- September 30, 2015

Bad Regulations Create Inequality, Hurt the Poor, and Reward Unethical Business

The drug profiteer scandal tells us very little about capitalism, but it does tell us a lot about the perverse incentives that regulation can create.

- September 29, 2015

The Stink of Corruption in the "Other White Meat"

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

- September 04, 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

Video Game Developers Face the Final Boss: The FDA

The FDA is stopping games designed to help people with cognitive disorders. 

- September 01, 2015

New York's Taxi Cartel Is Collapsing. Now They Want a Bailout.

Uber did in two years what economists, journalists, and politicians couldn't do in decades: break the cab cartel. 

- August 31, 2015

The Dangers of Entrepreneurship

Political entrepreneurs find new ways to access resources first taken from others by force, and therefore do not create wealth.

 

- August 26, 2015

On Privatizing Marriage

Marriage should confer neither special favors nor goodies from the state.

- 12:00 AM

Democracy Can't Really Be Democratic

Voting does not entail genuine consent to the policies enacted by the winners; thus, unlimited democracy can't be ethically justified.

- August 17, 2015

Hey, New York: Bitcoin Doesn’t Need a BitLicense

Before policymakers can develop rules for a new technology, they ought to understand how it works.

- August 15, 2015

Marco Rubio's Brave Defense of Corporate Welfare, Farm Subsidies, and Protectionism

Sugar subsidies destroy jobs and waste resources — and bankroll the politicians who support them.

- August 13, 2015

Why Unions Want to Ban MMA

The Bootleggers and Baptists behind America’s only ban on mixed-martial arts.

- July 27, 2015

Federal Court Rules Naked Government Favoritism Is Constitutional

The 2nd Circuit rules that a "simple preference" for one group — pure arbitrary favoritism — is a legitimate reason to stop competition. 

- July 24, 2015

Boston Will Lose Big If It Wins the Olympics

Today's Olympic Games are a race to the bottom of public waste, corruption, and civil liberties abuses. 

- July 23, 2015

New York Orders Fast-Food Workers Replaced With Robots, Kiosks, Mobile Apps

"Fight for $15" scores a victory for robots and unions against immigrants and young people. 

- July 23, 2015

The Politics of Nostalgia

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

- July 22, 2015

"Green Banks" Are Destined to Drown in the Red

The history of government "investments" shows that politicians don't have a clue where to put the public's money.

- July 22, 2015

Martin O'Malley Got $147,000 in Speaking Fees from a Company He Gave Lucrative Government Contracts

In some countries, governors still get suitcases full of cash. Speaking fees are much more modern.

- July 22, 2015

Uber vs. the State, 1851 Edition

Ferry boat monopolies tried to crush their competition the exact same way that taxi cartels do today.

- July 17, 2015

Europe Needs Regime Change in Greece. They Won’t Get It.

The Greek government couldn’t comply with its creditors’s demands even if it wanted to — and it doesn’t.

- July 13, 2015

Marriage, Director's Law, and the Middle Class Welfare State

Who could be against helping the middle class? Nobody. And that’s how we end up with a marriage policy that punishes the working poor.

- July 09, 2015

Slate Writer: Freedom to Thread Eyebrows Will Make Texas a “Dangerous” Place

Preposterous laws are the only thing standing between you and chaos. 

- July 09, 2015

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