Andrew B. Wilson

Andrew B. Wilson is a senior writer at the Show-Me Institute, a free-market think tank in St. Louis. He is a frequent contributor to The American Spectator and was Business Week’s London bureau chief during Margaret Thatcher’s first two terms in office.


The Hissy Fit Over Britain’s Departure From the EU


Pass the smelling salts. The beautiful Europa is having a fainting fit. Not the first time this has happened. One day many, many years ago, Zeus, the greatest of the gods, saw her innocently picking flowers in a field. Consumed with lust, he transformed himself into a white bull and swept her off her feet. […]

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Leadership Lessons From Attila the Hen


It was a vintage if ill-advised display of firmness. A quarter of a century ago, Margaret Thatcher threw the British House of Commons into an uproar when she mocked the concept of a United States of Europe in no more than three words. Punctuating each one, she said: “No. No. No.” This wasn’t just verbal […]

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What ‘Brexit’ Means for Britain — and Missouri Farmers


Imagine going to the polls and voting on this proposition: Vote only once by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice. Should Missouri Remain part of the United States of America        [ ] Leave the United States         [ ] On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom will answer a similar […]

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Know-It-All Government Works Overtime to Kill Jobs and Growth.


Not that the Obama administration could care any less. With strict new rules mandating overtime pay for aspiring professionals and others in mid-level managerial positions, the Obama administration is asking employers to hang out a sign that says, in effect: “We don’t want any go-getters around here. You are strictly forbidden to make any special […]

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The Economy Is Sucking Wind, But That’s Not the Issue


Not in Missouri anyway. In the just-ended 2016 session of the state legislature, Missouri lawmakers expended millions of words on dozens of issues – everything from guns to fantasy sports, from medical marijuana to opioid abuse, from limits on lobbyists’ gifts to lawmakers… to a six-month “cooling off” period for lawmakers before they become lobbyists, […]

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To Trump Or Not To Trump?


That is the question….   Pick your poison. Do you want — the grand panjandrum of Trump University and other scams… or the shameless lady who added to her own sleazy fortune by accepting (or doing nothing to stop) donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation while she served as U.S. Secretary of State? […]

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It’s ‘Mister Trump’ Now


How surprising! Trump used a classical allusion in calling his chief rival “a Trojan horse,” sent by Republican Party bosses to “steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.” Did he say “Mr. Trump”? He did. The boastful billionaire has suddenly become more deferential, if only self-deferential — referring to himself in the third person and affixing […]

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Lifeline or Noose?


On April 2, Show-Me Institute Fellow and Senior Writer Andrew B. Wilson gave a speech on the Earnings Tax to the Missouri Progressive Action Group at the St. Louis County Library. These were his prepared remarks. On Tuesday, April 5, St. Louis voters will decide whether to extend the city’s 1 percent earnings tax for […]

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I Promise a Yuge Gift to the Charity of Trump’s Choice


Whether voluntarily or involuntarily, Donald (“the pant-wetter”) Trump never fails to make a splash. In the closing days of the 2012 presidential race, Trump (who of course was not running for president) made headlines by announcing that he was prepared to pay $5 million to the charity of Barack Obama’s choice if the president agreed […]

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Don’t Cry for Us, Angelinos


In stimulating tourism, trade, and economic growth, the Roman Coliseum may be the only sports stadium that has repaid the cost of its construction more than a thousand-fold, or even a million-fold. The Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Lois is another story. Praised as state-of-the-art when it opened in 1995, the $300 million stadium […]

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