Andrew B. Wilson

Andrew B. Wilson, a longtime contributor to The American Spectator, is resident fellow and senior writer at the Show-Me Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in St. Louis.

The ‘Price’ of Doing Business

 

As someone who ran his own business for many years, I am aware of the difference between cost and price, even if it is something that eludes many political leaders and more than a few businesspeople with their noses in the public trough. Cost is the expense that a business incurs in making a product […]

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Wake Up, Missouri Lawmakers — Seven New Year’s Resolutions

 

Wake up, Missouri lawmakers. It is me, the Ghost of a Christmas Yet-to-Come, who whispers in your ear this wintry night. I come not to frighten you (like the baleful ghost in Dickens’s tale) nor to load you down with unearned and therefore inconsequential and soon-to-be-forgotten gifts. Opportunity beckons. This is your chance to do […]

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Making Missouri Great in a New Age of Decentralizing Government

 

If politics and policy were twin babies, politics would be first out, screaming for food and attention. Policy would be busy thinking of life beyond the crib. Where politics looks for quick fixes, policy seeks long-term solutions. If ever there were a time for the second-born twin to shine, and to get on with the […]

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Here’s a Money-Saving Idea for St. Louis

 

Francis Slay, the mayor of St. Louis, wants to spend more money (another $2.2 billion) on a very expensive toy — adding 17 miles of track at taxpayer expense to the 46 already assembled in the MetroLink light-rail system. He calls it “a moral and economic imperative” for our city and region. That’s crazy talk. […]

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A Labor Day Salute to the Missouri Mule

 

Everyone knows the expression “stubborn as a mule.” More than a tired cliché, however, that is a doltish misperception, foisted upon us by the least adept of mule handlers. In the words of a real expert, it is “a classic example of man ascribing stupidity to the beast instead of to himself.” On this Labor […]

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Rebooting Britain — and Missouri

 

In “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” country music’s George Jones sings of a man who “can’t” — until the day he dies — “stop loving” an ex from long ago. The song (and its story of a long-broken relationship) came back to me in thinking of “Brexit” — the historic decision that British voters made […]

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Trump’s Darkest and ‘Most Brilliant’ Hour

 

Donald Trump claims to be the one person who can avert the certainty of impending doom. “Nobody knows the system better than me,” he asserted in accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for president, “which is why I alone can fix it.” What does Donald Trump know that others don’t know? One thing is how to […]

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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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