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Farm Aid

Text from National Public Radio, Morning Edition Audio I suspect the irony was lost on the President. On the same…

No Picnic on the Prairie

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch You’re stuck in traffic en route to that soccer practice, the radio blaring, cell…

No Fat Tax

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch I wish I weighed a little bit less. Or a lot less. And I…

Take My Used Book, Please!

From the Wall Street Journal The Author’s Guild is mad at Amazon—the online bookseller. Getting mad at the river might…

In Praise of That Ugly Box On the Edge of Town

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch Wal-Mart has become the biggest corporation in the world, measured in annual sales. To…

We Can’t Get Rich Doing Each Other’s Laundry

From Ideas on Liberty Since World War II, manufacturing employment as a fraction of total employment has declined steadily. In…

If They Hawk It, You Will Come

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch Oprah and Martha appear as different as night and day. One is African-American. The…

Is Bethlehem Steel the Canary in the Economic Mine Shaft?

Bethlehem Steel recently announced that it was declaring bankruptcy. Bethlehem Steel? What’s next, General Motors? That’s the impression I got…

Cipro and Price Controls on Pharmaceuticals

From National Public Radio Audio The critics say it’s immoral for Bayer to profit from fear and disease. After all,…

Social Security—Where do they put our money?

Text from National Public Radio, Morning Edition What do you think of when you hear the phrase “raid Social Security?”…

America and the World’s Resources

From Ideas on Liberty At the heart of almost all economics is the idea of mutually beneficial exchange. When two…

Does Trade Exploit the Poorest of the Poor?

From Ideas on Liberty Roughly 180 years ago David Ricardo discovered comparative advantage. He showed that trade benefits both trading…

Do “Big Box” Retailers Harm the Quality of Life?

Near where I live is a charming little stretch of shops called “the Loop” that caters to students and the…

Why the State of Economic Literacy Is So Appalling (and What to Do about It)

In this talk, Russell Roberts makes the case for remaking the way we talk about economics–moving the emphasis away from…

I, Pepsi

From Ideas on Liberty One of Frédéric Bastiat’s great insights into understanding economics was to distinguish what is seen from…