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Mises Explains the Drug War

Big GovernmentHealth

09/30/2013The Free Market
Air travelers were outraged when the FAA announced that there would be flight delays because air-traffic controllers had to take furloughs as a result of sequester budget cuts. But there is another federal agency whose budget cuts Americans should be cheering—the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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Who Owns the Parking Lots?

Free MarketsPrivate Property

10/01/2005The Free Market
The Free Market 26, no. 10 (October 2005) The fifteenth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, signed into law by President Bush I on July 26, 1990, has come and gone, but it has not been a success. It has cost untold billions, increased the pestilence of labor...
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Down with the Withholding Tax

Taxes and Spending

07/01/2005The Free Market
Did you have to write out a check to the IRS for $5,581 this past April 15? If you had to do such a thing next year, would you think of it as your civic duty or would you consider it a crime that only the government could get away with?
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The Census Song and Dance

U.S. Economy

01/01/2003The Free Market
As details of the 2000 Census emerge, commentators across the country are spinning "somebody done somebody wrong" economics to describe the US economy in the 1990s. Their recurring theme is that rich Americans got richer because poor Americans got poorer.
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The Fluoridation Question

Big GovernmentHealthInterventionism

01/01/2002The Free Market
The controversy is as old as the Great Society. So why bring up the fluoridation question again? Well, my county in Florida just voted to fluoridate the water supply. Actually, the government officials in my county who are responsible for such things voted for it—neither I nor my neighbors were...
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Foreign Aid Debacle

War and Foreign PolicyInterventionism

12/01/2000The Free Market
One of the pillars of an interventionist US foreign policy is foreign aid. Since World War II, the United States has dispensed billions of dollars in foreign aid to virtually every country on the planet. Foreign aid was lavished on our friends and our foes during the cold war and a decade after. It...
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Friedman's Mistake


11/01/1996The Free Market
In the famed 1995 budget battles between the White House and the Congress, Bill Clinton told a whopper that put him on the rhetorical offensive. He said that Congress's proposed cuts in a particular program amounted to "raising taxes on the poor."
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Company Man

Free MarketsMonopoly and CompetitionValue and Exchange

04/01/1996The Free Market
Gus Stelzer, a retired General Motors senior executive, is on a rampage against free trade. It makes sense from his point of view. Like most big business, GM does not welcome competition from abroad, however much it's spurred product improvements over the years. It turns to the government to tax...
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