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Gary Galles

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Gary M. Galles is a Professor of Economics at Pepperdine University and an adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is also a research fellow at the Independent Institute, a member of the Foundation for Economic Education faculty network, and a member of the Heartland Institute Board of Policy Advisors.

His research focuses on public finance, public choice, economic education, organization of firms, antitrust, urban economics, liberty, and the problems that undermine effective public policy. His scholarly articles have appeared in The European Journal of the History of Economics Thought, The American Economist, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, The Journal of Economics and Finance Education, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, The Atlantic Economic Review, The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, and The Independent Review. He has also authored well over 1,000 articles for general audiences, in dozens of outlets. In addition to his most recent book, Pathways to Policy Failures (2020), his books include Lines of Liberty (2016), Faulty Premises, Faulty Policies (2014), and Apostle of Peace (2013).

All Works

An "Open Mind" Is of No Use When It's Open to Lies



Countless Americans have been repeatedly told to “follow the science,” supposedly to prove they are not obstinately closed-minded. But the main purpose of it all was just to open people’s minds to what government bureaucrats wanted. 

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Auberon Herbert : "Reject Compulsion in Every Form"

06/18/2021Power & Market

Voluntaryism. It is an awkward term. Yet that was what political philosopher Auberon Herbert called the only social arrangement that respected people’s self-ownership.

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Governments Are Failing at Their Most Basic Duties—While Promising Free Stuff

U.S. History


Political candidates are offering endless government spending and "free stuff" for everyone. But at the same time, governments appear incapable of performing even basic duties like ending street riots. 

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Be Very Afraid: Why Today's Bureaucrats Love Fear-Based Politics

06/11/2021Power & Market

What is the evidence for the plethora of bureaucrats who want us to worry more? Observe the massive outpourings of these "worrycrats"—over TV, radio, and in the press—about lung cancer, heart failure, mercury, seat belts, and more. 

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With Capitalism, Cooperation Is Just as Important as Competition

The Entrepreneur


Free consumers and business owners always seek to cooperate in the marketplace. After all, "suppose there were no coming together, each individual dependent solely on his or her own thoughts and productivity…. All would starve!"

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