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The Problem with Mandatory "Socially Responsible Investing"

Financial MarketsFree MarketsTaxes and Spending

Blog12/23/2020

There are ominous signs on the horizon that governments want to move toward mandating "socially responsible investing" for pensions and fund managers. This is a terrible idea, to say the least. 

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Markets Aren't about "Using" People. Markets Help People Attain Their Goals.

CapitalismFree Markets

Blog12/19/2020

Claims that market arrangements involve the unethical “using” of others are of lengthy pedigree. But they are also of questionable merit.

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India Takes Small Steps toward Economic Freedom with New Agrarian Reforms

Bureaucracy and RegulationFree MarketsPrice Controls

Blog10/15/2020

India's parliament has recently passed new reforms to its long-standing interventionist regime which limits farmers' ability to buy and sell goods. These reforms are badly needed.

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The Recovery Is Stalling. We Need Pro-Market Reforms Now.

Free MarketsMonetary Policy

Blog10/14/2020

Politicians have ignored the threat to small businesses that are failing not because their owners used the wrong strategies, but have been destroyed by the misguided and ineffective forced shutdown.

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Rent Control Is Bad for Renters, but Good for Politicians

Free MarketsPrice Controls

Blog09/26/2020

Rent control in Ontario has restricted the supply of housing while lowering the quality of available units.

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Carter vs. Reagan: The Last Semi-Intelligent Presidential Race

Free MarketsU.S. History

Blog09/23/2020

Jimmy Carter doesn't get credit for his deregulation efforts, but his initiatives probably were as significant a boost to the economy as any president has accomplished since 1980.

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Dworkin and the Free Market

Free MarketsPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog08/28/2020

In a free market, goods pass to those who are willing to pay the most to get them. A legal system that allows people to bid against each another for the goods they want displays equal concern for its citizens.

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The Misplaced Fear of "Monopoly"

Free MarketsMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/11/2020

The political entrepreneur succeeds by using the implicit violence of government to cripple his competitors and harm consumers. The market entrepreneur, on the other hand, makes his fortune by providing consumers with products they need at prices they can afford.

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How Government Regulations Make Housing Unaffordable

Bureaucracy and RegulationFree MarketsPoverty

The story of how housing became so unaffordable for so many is a tragic one. But this is a story of our own making, thanks to decades of misguided government regulations.

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Thomas Sowell: Understanding Markets and Free Choice

Free MarketsSocialismU.S. History

Blog06/30/2020

Thomas Sowell has a gift for explaining how markets are simply the result of human beings making free choices. There is no single market answer to a problem. There are countless answers.

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