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Andrew B. Wilson
by and | Feb 1, 2020

What was the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all time? With Super Sunday just around the corner, we will cite the Apple commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh personal computer in January 1984. It had as its punch line, “You’ll…

by | Jan 1, 2020

Imagine you are in a car accident on New Year’s Eve. Like Jason Bourne as the CIA agent in The Bourne Identity, you wake up to a strange new reality: You don’t know who you are, where you are, or…

by and | Jul 31, 2019

Free enterprise uses a simple conjuring trick to great effect: It gives people what they want. Still more, it is constantly coming up with new things they like even better. Think of the development of smart phones, online commerce, Google,…

by | Dec 31, 2018

St. Louis, Missouri Are you a government-failure denier — someone who believes that the government that governs best is one that overflows with good intentions, regardless of the cost or outcome? Are you someone who thinks a lot about “market…

by | Oct 30, 2018

Let’s say employers must pay a substantially higher wage for all unskilled labor. Would this requirement lift many people out of poverty? Still more, would it lead to greater general prosperity? Everything does come up roses — if you ignore costs…

by | Oct 9, 2018

St. Louis Let us consider one of the basic building blocks of economics: the law of unintended consequences. All too often, human actions — especially government actions — backfire and harm the very people they are supposed to benefit. Price…

by | Sep 14, 2018

“All I know,” the British socialist Beatrice Webb confided in her diary in 1932 as she and her husband Sidney were writing a laudatory two-volume history of the Soviet Union, “is that I wish Russian communism to succeed.” The playwright…

by | Aug 3, 2018
by | Jul 27, 2018

The most closely watched contest in the Aug. 7 elections in Missouri will not be any of the political races; it will be the resolution of an important policy question. In the referendum known as Proposition A, voters will have…

by | Apr 6, 2018

In 1985, Ronald Reagan “jawboned” the Japanese into accepting “voluntary” restraints on exports of Japanese cars to the United States. At the same time, he drew a line in the sand between himself and U.S. congressmen calling for much stronger…

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