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What Nicolae Ceausescu (and His Grim Death) Can Teach Us about Despotism

Before his fall and swift execution, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu treated his subjects like laboratory rats. 

 

- July 30, 2016

Frederick Douglass, Tax Rebel

Commerce, in the life of Douglass, served as the inspiration and the means for obtaining freedom – and freedom from what? From his personal equivalent of the tax man who dared to take from his hands that which his own hands had earned.

 

- July 29, 2016

A Vulgar Alexander Hamilton

Donald Trump's economic plans eerily mirror the agenda of Alexander Hamilton.

- July 27, 2016

Party Platforms: Size Matters, and Longer Doesn’t Mean Better

By the time the two party conventions are history this year, the words in their two platforms combined are likely to be about 10 times the 1892 total.

 

- July 26, 2016

Progressivism's Parade of Horrors

From eugenics to climate change, there is grave danger in making law based on so-called settled science

- July 26, 2016

Why You Should Watch this Nazi Propaganda Film

When you watch these rallies in “Triumph of the Will,” and you see all the frenzy, the shouting, the multitudes lining up, people swearing fealty to this ridiculous man and cause, you do wonder what all the fuss is about. What could possibly be the point of all this mania? It only makes sense once you realize that it’s all about blood identity and the celebration of a superior race, a race untainted by the blood-poison of the non-Aryan, and the ambition to make this principle central to life itself.

- July 20, 2016

Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction

Announcing FEE President Lawrence W. Reed's new book: "Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction," featuring over 40 stories of heroic individuals who have changed the world. Pre-order for $14.40 today.

This book is published in partnership with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc.

- July 20, 2016

Happy 99th Birthday Bettina Bien Greaves

The Foundation for Economic Education celebrates the 99th birthday of Bettina Bien Greaves.

- July 19, 2016

Policing Was Militarized from the Start

Robert Peel, creator of the London Metropolitan Police Force that is the template for all modern police agencies, adapted the model he had employed in creating the “Peace Preservation Force,” a specialized unit within the 20,000-man military contingent Peel had commanded as military governor of occupied Ireland.

- July 15, 2016

The Progressive-Era Origins of Authoritarian Policing in the US

To understand both what’s wrong with law enforcement today and how to fix it, we need to examine the history and evolution of police forces in the US.

- July 12, 2016

From Red Scares to Orange Alerts: How the Cold War Launched the Modern American Police State

By focusing on counter-subversion rather than rolling back the state, Cold War conservatism consolidated the imperial military establishment and laid the foundations for a domestic garrison state.

- July 11, 2016

Did the Fed Really Live Up to its Promise?

The Fed's apologists just assume it was the best possible option available at the time. Not so. 

- July 08, 2016

The Kellogg Story

One small idea changed breakfast forever, and made a fortune

- July 05, 2016

Let the Market Standardize Weights and Measures

According to the U.S. Constitution, it is for Congress to set weights and measures. Yet, the truth is, over the years, more – and better! – standardization has occurred through the market process than by government decree.

- July 05, 2016

No, Gun Culture Was Not Manufactured by the Gun Industry

Debunking a recent book claiming that the gun industry created American gun culture solely with clever marketing.

- July 03, 2016

Saving the American Revolution from Itself

Economic ignorance, joined with revolutionary passion, nearly lost the American Revolution.

- July 03, 2016

They Said No To Big Government

The Founding Fathers were insisting that each man should be considered as owning himself, and not be viewed as the property of the state.

- July 02, 2016

We’re Not in the Suburbs Any More

A striking symbol of FEE's transformation is the comparison of our new headquarters office in Atlanta’s Midtown district with our historic headquarters building in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY.

- July 01, 2016

The Fall of Rome Began with the Abuse of Refugees

Those migrants were not hostile barbarians who lusted to burn down Roman civilization. Instead, they were desperate refugees who wanted sanctuary within that civilization. However, a series of bad decisions and an uncompromising refusal to provide them with a dignified place in Roman society would lead to the cascade of events that would erase the Western Roman Empire from the map.

- June 28, 2016

The Death and Rise of the Middle Class

A study from the left-leaning Urban Institute finds that the middle class is shrinking because it's getting richer.

- June 22, 2016

The Mania for Regulating People

"The trouble with much of our legislation is that the legislator has mistaken emotion for wisdom, impulse for knowledge, and good intention for sound judgment." — Justice Sutherland

To Encounter Hell on Earth, Read The Gulag Archipelago

Excused by enthusiasts for socialism as the tragic excesses of Stalin’s rule, Solzhenitsyn shows that the Archipelago predated Stalin and continued after his demise.

 

- June 15, 2016

Was the Fed Created by a Conspiracy?

The problem with the Fed is not that it was the product of conspiracy, but that it was the product of politics.

- June 14, 2016

What Happened to the One Percent, Middle Class, and Poor since the Crisis?

From 1979 to 2013, after taxes and transfers, median non-elderly household income grew by almost $20,000.

- June 11, 2016

The First Congresswoman Was the Anti-Hillary Clinton

"I felt the first time the first woman had a chance to say no to war, she should say it."

- June 09, 2016

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