Archive for May, 2011

Academic Freedom at Florida State University »

Last week I wrote about the publicity — mostly negative — that Florida State University was receiving as a result of accepting a grant from the C.G. Koch Foundation to fund positions in the economics department. I know a lot about the issue, because I am a professor of economics at Florida State. The...
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Commencement Season Disconnect »

Like millions of families this month, we attended a commencement ceremony this past weekend, at Mills College, a liberal arts college for women in California. Mills was founded as the Young Ladies’ Seminary, and a few years later was bought by missionaries Cyrus and Susan Mills, who relocated it to Oakland and directed its...
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An Open Letter to Obama (Bring Home the Troops) »

Kevin Zeese, a leading proponent of the conservative/liberal/libertarian antiwar coalition, is soliciting signers for this excellent letter. If you want to add your name, as I did, send an email to Zeese at kbzeese@gmail.com. Dear President Obama: The wars in which the United States is currently engaged—in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Libya—are undermining U.S....
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Obama “Stimulus” Protected 450,000 Government Jobs, Destroyed One Million Private Jobs »

In their new study, “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Public Sector Jobs Saved, Private Sector Jobs Forestalled,” economists Timothy Conley (University of Western Ontario) and Bill Dupor (Ohio State University) present their empirical findings of the economic impact on employment of the 2009 Obama stimulus package of $787 billion, entitled the American Recovery...
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Syria: The Next Theater for War? »

The U.S. government is blaming Syria for skirmishes at the Israel border. So far, the U.S. has resisted pressures to intervene against the Syrian regime, despite its crackdowns against civilians somewhat resembling those of Libya’s. Hawkish Senators and others have lately called for war with Syria, and of course American political leaders have been...
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Emily Skarbek Is Interviewed on the Government Cost Calculator on Reason TV »

Independent Institute Research Fellow Emily Skarbek is interviewed here by Nick Gillespie of Reason TV regarding the Institute’s very timely and far-reaching Government Cost Calculator. The Calculator enables any American to clearly understand three aspects of federal government spending. First, the Calculator helps you determine how much a person will pay for various federal...
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Philanthropy and Academic Freedom at Florida State University »

Writer Brendan Behan once remarked, “There’s no bad publicity except an obituary.” I am an economics professor at Florida State University (FSU), and my department has been getting lots of publicity this week. Our run in the spotlight started with an op-ed on May 1 in the local newspaper, The Tallahassee Democrat, in which...
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The Bipartisan Crackdown on Immigrants »

In the 1980s, many prominent conservatives spoke openly in favor of liberalizing immigration. It was Ronald Reagan, after all, who was responsible for the United States’s last mass amnesty. The left was often skeptical about immigrants. Unionists opposed the free labor competition. Environmentalists and population controllers were among the most vocal advocates of restrictionism....
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The Drug War’s Ravages in Guatemala »

Yesterday, after I had participated in the commencement exercises at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, in Guatemala City, I was interviewed by a reporter for Prensa Libre, an important newspaper in this city. I did not know what the reporter would ask me, but I supposed that his questions might have something to do with economic affairs or...
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Robert Higgs on War, Taxation and Government Power »

Senior Fellow Robert Higgs has just superbly reviewed for the Journal of Policy History the very important book, War, Revenue, and State Building: Financing the Development of the American State, by Sheldon D. Pollack (Cornell University Press). In addition, this weekend Dr. Higgs has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree in the social sciences...
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