Welfare State

The Biggest Myth about Student Loans

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

- October 06, 2015

Humane Transitions to Freedom

The alternative to shock therapy isn’t ideological compromise.

- October 01, 2015

How Taxpayers Fund Alternative Medicine Quackery

Politics — not science — pushed alternative medicine out of the fringes and into the heart of the medical system. 

- September 10, 2015

No, 48 Million Americans Are Not Going Hungry

The USDA's study on "food insecurity" is calculated to mislead people about the scope of malnutrition. 

- September 10, 2015

How Many Children Are You Required to Save?

Peter Singer's famous argument is based on a flawed analogy. 

- August 28, 2015

A Higher Minimum Wage Will Make Us Meaner

From the minimum wage to rent control, interfering with prices makes markets nastier.

- August 27, 2015

Sometimes We Crash

How do we reconcile our desire for safety with our knowledge that the universe is, in fact, uncontrollable? 

- August 26, 2015

Scandinavian Myths: High Taxes and Big Spending Are Popular

Citizens of the wintry welfare states don't like taxes any more than anyone else – so their governments hide the tax hikes. 

- August 04, 2015

The Man Who Sowed the Seeds of Puerto Rico’s Collapse

Crisis leads to more government, which leads to more crisis. What was always bankrupt morally finally goes bankrupt economically.

- July 31, 2015

The Road to Serfdom: Condensed Edition

The more the state ‘plans’ the more difficult planning becomes for the individual.

- July 30, 2015

The Best Argument Against Immigration

Will immigrants undermine the institutions that make America great? 

- July 29, 2015

Liberty Still Has a Fighting Chance

The American Dream still lives in the hearts of those who love liberty and refuse to surrender it.

- July 28, 2015

Do Refugees Need Welfare? Or Do They Need to Escape?

The humanitarian relief that refugees need isn’t food stamps — it’s an escape from violence and oppression. 

- July 27, 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

Bernie Sanders Thinks the Middle Class Is Deteriorating. He’s Wrong.

The socialist senator says the middle class is a wreck that needs his help to survive. Don't believe it. 

- July 11, 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

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

Will Immigrants Make America More Liberal?

If economic policy moves to the left, it will be natives, not immigrants, driving the shift.

- July 02, 2015

America Isn't Getting More Liberal — It's Getting More Libertarian.

America isn’t getting more liberal or more conservative — it’s getting more libertarian.

The Ex-Im Bank Is Dead. (But Watch Out for Subsidy-Zombie.)

The second rule of Zombieland is always double tap. The same goes for seemingly unkillable government programs.

- July 01, 2015

Generous with Someone Else’s Money

Until people understand that Uncle Sam shouldn’t be a year-round Santa Claus, public officials will continue to act like Delia Curry and Arne Duncan.

- June 29, 2015

Libertarians, Altruism, and Peter Singer

Effective altruism requires actually doing good, not just feeling good.

- June 25, 2015

What Will Obama Do if He Loses at the Supreme Court?

The president is in direct violation of his own health care law — what will he do if he loses? 

- June 12, 2015

How Government Turned Baltimore into Pottersville

Trusting federal housing subsidies to help save the city is the ultimate triumph of hope over experience. 

- 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

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