Our debt . . . household debt, that is, has just surpassed even levels during our run-up to 2008. That’s an all-time high, folks. Ryan McMaken of Mises breaks it down for us.
The Gilded Age . . . Brian Domitrovic looks back at our high-water mark for economic growth – the 1870s and 1880s. Despite the excess of the robber-barons, intense competition improved the lot of the working man quicker than any time, before or since.
The immigration debate . . . actually gets debated by some really smart people at Learn Liberty. It’s a longer commitment (1.5 hours), but just dropping in for a stretch is worth it.
Cyber security . . . Gov’t is the problem, not the solution, says Scott Shackford of Reason.
A state-level immigration policy? . . . Not exactly, but recent legislation pieces in the US Senate and House may be a step in the right direction.
Our new great migration . . . Not an east to west movement this time, but one across tax brackets. The losers? Those states with the high taxes, of course: California and New York.
Free speech?. . . It’s not that Left and Right disagree on its meaning; it’s that they disagree on its necessity.
The US Civil War . . . Professor Brian Domitrovic of Learn Liberty briefs us on the economic causes of the War Between the States. And yes, slavery was at the heart of it.
Venezuela . . . Once lauded by American leftists as a model for social democracy, Bolivarian socialism is failing in a spectacular way. As all socialist experiments must.
The world’s first free-market novel?. . . Is the world’s first novel: Don Quixote. Modern Spain could use a few more men like Cervantes.
No holding back! . . . Mark Matson, once again, makes his philosophy of investing VERY clear.
The driving force of inflation . . . is the money supply, not the cost of oil. Mises had a word to say on that too.
History of the Nat’l Bank . . . The Federal Reserve debate is nothing new. In fact, it’s been with us since George Washington’s tenure.
Trump as chemo therapy . . . Dan Carlin and Dave Rubin discuss the place of crisis as necessary ingredient for reform.
Anger as virtue . . . Daniel Lattier of FEE posits that the reason we love to hate politics is that we’ve simply learned what we’ve been taught: if you’re not outraged, there’s something wrong with you.
Who is the real Trump? . . . Is it the campaign Trump who praised Wikileaks or the rubber-stamp Trump who wants Julian Assange in prison? And does it even matter now?
The Commerce Clause . . . Prof. Brian Domitrovic of Learn Liberty explains why it came about in 1789 and how it’s been interpreted since.
Eminent Domain is coming to the big screen . . . The new film Little Pink House dramatizes the true story of Suzette Kelo, a retired nurse who was forced to give up her home to make way for a new Pfizer building. All for the public good, says SCOTUS.
Real tax reform . . . Trump’s proposed changes are a good start. Moving them from proposal to law will be the real challenge.
Fear the robots? . . . Never! says Donald Boudreaux of FEE. Robots may replace jobs, but they cannot replace human creativity, and it’s creativity that creates new jobs.
Happy Tax Day! . . . Jeff Deist of Mises explores the effects taxation has on everyday normal human activity and the distortions in national economies that result.
Revolution! . . . We’re familiar with “taxation without representation!” but did you know that attacks on free trade also helped to push us to rebellion in 1776? [5:00]
Our inalienable rights . . . James Rogers of FEE looks at the actual definition, what Jefferson actually meant, and it may shock you.
Is Marxism on the rise? . . . No, says Prof. Brandon Turner of Learn Liberty, but Welfarism is, and that’s pretty scary too.
The happiest children . . . are Dutch, according to the World Happiness Report. Annie Holmquist of FEE explains the three reasons why.