Andrew Langer

Andrew Langer is President of the Institute for Liberty. From 1999-2002 he was with the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Beware the False Promises of ‘Faux’ Privatization

 

As a general practice, privatization of certain government operations can be a good thing. Government should be in the business of doing things that are inherently governmental, and anything that the government is doing that isn’t “inherently governmental” should be done by the private sector. But problems arise when policymakers, in the name of privatization, […]

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Putting Childlike Ways Behind When It Comes to Trade

 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I grew up, I put my childlike ways behind me. Strange that a passage from 1 Corinthians can instruct us on international trade policy, but in the case of our relations with Mexico, […]

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Passing the AHCA Is An Essential First Step In Real Health Care Reform

 

When it comes to health care policy there are two kinds of people: those who know that health care is not the same as health insurance, and those who confuse the two. Health care is actually what people want… the actual access to someone who’s going to take care of their health needs, whatever those […]

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Trump Flipped the Script on Trade

 

If there is one over-arching conclusion that can be drawn from the first two weeks of the Donald Trump administration, it’s that President Trump aims to keep the promises he made to his voters during the 2016 campaign. The degree to which Trump is striving to keep those promises is nearly unheard of (Americans had […]

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Trump Has Flipped the Script on Trade

 

If there is one over-arching conclusion that can be drawn from the first two weeks of the Donald Trump administration, it’s that President Trump aims to keep the promises he made to his voters during the 2016 campaign.  The degree to which Trump is striving to keep those promises is nearly-unheard of (Americans had come […]

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Skewing the Narrative on Trade Policy

 

Interviewers exert a tremendous amount of power over their interviews — from the questions they ask (or, more importantly, don’t ask) to the tone with which they ask those questions, they can create or dispel a subject’s influence or appeared expertise. This past week, Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace on National Public Radio, interviewed David […]

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High-Speed Rail — An Expensive Trip Back to the 1800s!

 

In the television series, The Simpsons, the creators parodied the central plot point of the celebrated musical, The Music Man. But instead of fleecing the citizens of Springfield by duping them into creating a youth marching band, the updated version of Harold Hill dupes Homer and company into building a monorail. That was in 1993. […]

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The Central Issue of Election 2016?

 

In any election, when a strong challenger goes up against the incumbent power structure, the central issue is whether you’re better off then you were when that power structure took office. At the very least, it’s a question of whether the government was run competently by those in power. Certainly, one of the things New […]

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When Promised Relief Is a Bed of Lies

 

Beware the politician who claims that he has a surefire piece of legislation that will give you the relief you need. Be especially wary of any politician who promises that a piece of legislation will pass on some sort of “cost-savings” to consumers. Legislation, and the new regulations that accompany it, are costs in and […]

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We. Must. End. The. Divide.

 

We. Must. End. The. Divide. Five very simple, straightforward words. We have serious problems in America, and the only way that they can be solved is if the chasm that divides Americans is somehow bridged. The only way that chasm can be bridged is by actually talking with one another. You might think that I, […]

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