Free the Market
by | Apr 18, 2019

Excessive partisanship and endless acrimony are common complaints lodged against the political class. There’s a lot to be said in favor of this narrative, but bipartisanship isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be, either. As evidence, consider the latest…

by | Apr 11, 2019

Trade agreements have been greatly successful at lowering trade barriers around the world. But they’re not without their flaws. Each agreement, in practice, tends to retain some counterproductive protectionist policies and may even export some bad policies. The United States-Mexico-Canada…

by | Mar 7, 2019

Last week, Oregon became the first state in the nation to adopt a mandatory statewide rent control policy. Yet, rent control never delivers on the promise that it will multiply the affordable housing in high-value markets to serve middle- and…

by | Mar 6, 2019

Reports indicate that China and the United States are close to ending their trade war, and it would appear this battle will result in no long-term winners. Bloomberg reported that the tariffs imposed by President Trump could be lifted if…

by | Feb 28, 2019

Protectionism begets protectionism. The latest example of this sad state of affairs comes to us via the U.S. International Trade Commission. It ruled in January that American producers of line pipe are being hurt by imports of large-diameter line pipe…

by | Feb 21, 2019

If you drive an imported car, as I do, your vehicle may soon be declared a national security risk by the Department of Commerce. If you drive an American-assembled car, your car may also pose a threat to U.S. national…

by | Feb 18, 2019

Bureaucracy is the death of any achievement. — Albert Einstein According to the many websites by which the federal government describes its myriad agencies, offices, and departments, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) “manages federal spectrum use, makes grants…

by | Feb 12, 2019

The guiding principle in any attempt to create a world of free men must be this: a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Thus spoke the legendary economist F.A. Hayek, as quoted in the…

by | Feb 6, 2019

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) baffling reversal of its stance on online gaming could have detrimental effects on online poker. Barring a court ruling that contradicts the DOJ’s stance, the new opinion will likely prevent the interstate compacts necessary to…

by | Jan 31, 2019

Fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage is so yesterday. In an op-ed in the New York Times, Ginia Bellafante points to a study showing that a $33-per-hour minimum wage might be needed in New York City, saying that’s the amount necessary — about…

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