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 Utopian Apocalypse: Silicon Valley Freaks Out Over Automation

 

With Labor Day just around the corner, now is a good time to discuss (and, more than that, to take up the cudgels against) a bad idea popularized by leading figures in Silicon Valley. It is really a two-part idea. It begins with the proposition that the robots are coming and they are about to […]

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Raising the Level of One’s Game

 

In any adventure, there is one requirement: Live for the moment — pushing aside unworthy or inappropriate thoughts. A good example comes from ski jumping. Before jumping off the side of a cliff, you must “ache for the impact”: thinking only of the sheer joy to come, when you soar high above the trees and […]

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Blind-Siding the Public

 

In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king. When it comes to Missouri’s rapidly proliferating special taxing districts, one-eyed kings pick millions of dollars out of the pockets of unseeing and unsuspecting consumers / taxpayers. Who preys upon the sightless with such cruel impunity? More often than not, it is […]

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Obamacare Express: How ‘Gun to the Head’ Turned Into Runaway Locomotive

 

In 2012, prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Barack Obama turned what had been a “gun to the head” of state lawmakers and governors into an act of extraordinary (if reckless) generosity. The then president offered the states “free money” — and lots of it — in return for their support of a central […]

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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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