Thank you, Ray Kroc . . . He may have been a jerk, but he was also the perfect object lesson in consumer-centered entrepreneurship.
Combating bad ideas . . . is best done with good ideas. Criminalizing words just doesn’t work.
The loud elite . . . Apparently, the more expensive the college, the more likely its students are to go hysterical over “offensive” speech. And there’s a chart to prove it.
A new portrait in the Oval Office . . . Trump may want to rethink the Andrew Jackson portrait that went up shortly after his inauguration. Unless ethnic-cleansing, constitution-hating war monger was what he was going for.
Fake News . . . Remy style.
Banks and Bitcoin . . . China appears to be embracing Bitcoin, but it’s all about control of the exchanges, not about a fondness for crypto-currency.
Don’t punch that Nazi . . . Danish journalist Fleming Rose argues that the same defense we might be tempted to use to silence voices like Richard Spencer’s can be turned on us.
Breaking the Libertarian clique . . . Nick Gillespie and Jeffrey Tucker talk about the movement, the dangers of huddling up, and getting the message out.
Head Start or handicap? . . . Two recent studies suggest that kids in Head Start or other pre-k programs don’t fair as well as though who stay home that extra year or two.
Star Wars and Middle Earth . . . Why do we love these stories so much? Because mythos, says Stanton Skerjanic of FEE, and we can’t get enough of it.
Strange bedfellows . . . The New Left and Libertarians have found agreement here: “that compulsory school attendance laws be abolished.” ~ Ralph Raico. This speech was given in 1974, but its observations are coming full circle today.
The consumer is captain . . . Mises laid it out (he was not the first, but he was the most compelling), and now Uber is demonstrating it.
Commerce, our protector . . . How a restaurant’s (or any company with regular customers) reputation is MUCH more effective in keeping the consumer safe than government inspectors.
Doubling down on bloat . . . Trump once described our military as bloated. Now he’s increasing its budget by $54B a year. What does this portend? Nothing good, says John Stossel.
The Hollywood Awards . . . You probably missed this star-studded gala. Don’t worry — they got the envelopes right.
10 Economic Myths . . . brought to you by the bard himself (Rothbard, that is).
Drawing the free-market line . . . Dr. Peter Jaworski discusses the limits of free markets. Here’s one guiding principle: if you can do it for free, you can do it for money.
Drawing the line again . . . Here, Jaworski brings the free-market argument to paying college athletes.
Save Sesame Street! . . . by cutting its funding? Yes, says Reason’s Jim Epstein. The public radio and tv sector is a dinosaur, and it’s holding back the very best of PBS and NPR.
The richest losers . . . So which country penalizes its high earners the most? Surprise! It’s not us! The highest marginal rates belong to Sweden, Belgium, and Portugal.
Interest rates are low . . . maybe forever. So what’s the problem? asks the man on the street. The smart people at Mises have an answer for him.
Freedom and the Civil Rights Movement . . . It wasn’t as much about freedom as it was about enforcement of laws that already established freedom. Prof. Fabio Rojas of Learn Liberty explains. [2:35]
How big is big? . . . There’s big, and there’s really big, and then somewhere beyond monstrously huge there’s the US national debt. A visual is helpful. [3:20]
A global tour . . . of gov’t insanity with Daniel Mitchell of FEE. It seems we’re not alone in over-reach, unintended consequences, and just plain stupidity.
Be my Libertarian Valentine? . . . Some V-day fun, compliments of Reason.