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Andrew B. Wilson
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…

by | Mar 9, 2018

As president of the most powerful country in the world — and a man with the utmost confidence in his own judgment — would Donald Trump dare to tell the Sun, that fiery ball at the center of our solar…

by | Mar 9, 2018

As president of the most powerful country in the world — and a man with the utmost confidence in his own judgment — would Donald Trump dare to tell the Sun, that fiery ball at the center of our solar…

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