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Brian Balfour

Brian Balfour is Executive Vice President for the Civitas Institute, a free market advocacy organization in Raleigh, North Carolina

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What Insurance Companies’ Response to Hurricane Florence Can Teach Us About the Business Cycle

Blog10/03/2018

The temporary surge in hurricane-related economic activity can in some ways help us understand the effects of the equally-temporary surge in activity related to an economic boom.

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Why the "Economy Is an Engine" Metaphor is So Wrong

Booms and BustsThe Entrepreneur

Blog09/06/2018

The economy is not an engine, or a tool, and does not perform any “work.” The economy is you and me.

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You Can't Run a Government "Like a Business"

Bureaucracy and RegulationFree MarketsEntrepreneurshipValue and Exchange

Blog08/03/2018

Calls for finding efficiencies in government by electing or appointing people to “run it like a business” are futile.

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The War on Curiosity

EducationPolitical Theory

Blog07/13/2018

People engaging in motivated ignorance “neither know — nor want to know — what the opposition has to say.”

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The Cronyist Origins of Social Security

Cronyism and CorporatismU.S. History

Blog06/19/2018

The big-business-connected creators of Social Security sought to use the system to punish their competitors in the small-business sector. 

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