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The Odious Corruption Enabled by Big Government

I’ve argued that the crowd in Washington profits by plundering America, but that’s just part of the equation. There are also plenty of big companies that have their snouts in the public trough. No wonder many people have become disgusted Writing for the Wall Street Journal, James Freeman points out that a growing number of […]

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How Big Government Sabotages Poor People and Enriches Well-Connected Fat Cats

I don’t like coerced redistribution. When the government uses the threat of force to take from Person A to give to Person B, it simultaneously reduces Person A’s incentives to produce while also luring Person B into dependency. But not all coerced redistribution and government intervention is created equal. I don’t like welfare programs, for … … Continue reading

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The Limits to a “Shut Down only a Tiny Part of Government Shutdown” Strategy

A couple of days ago, I wrote that Republicans should not be intimidated if the White House threatens a government shutdown. Simply stated, prior shutdowns have yielded meaningful policy victories without causing measurable political damage. This isn’t to say that the goal of any fiscal fight is a shutdown. Instead, my point is simply that […]

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Life before the social welfare state

In 1779, before the advent of the welfare state or even a federal government in the US, when taxes were virtually non-existent, François de Barbé-Marbois wrote: “Begging is unknown in America. There are, in almost all towns, hostels which take … Continue reading

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New Member of the Moocher Hall of Fame Demonstrates the High Cost of Eroding Social Capital

I wrote the other day about the importance of “social capital,” which is a catch-all phrase for a society’s attitudes about things such as the work ethic, a sense of self-reliance, and the spirit of independence. Today we’re going to look at the flip side of social capital. I’m not sure whether this is an […]

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Government Screws Up Everything: The Internet Version

When I read that the Obama Administration wants to regulate the Internet by having the Federal Communications Commission impose “net neutrality” rules, my immediate response is to be opposed. Does my opposition to more regulation and red tape make me a knee-jerk ideologue? I suppose so, though I think it’s simply a common-sense instinct. After […]

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