Randall Holcombe Archive

Randall G. Holcombe is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. His Independent books include Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (edited with Benjamin Powell); and Writing Off Ideas: Taxation, Foundations, and Philanthropy in America .
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Some Thoughts on Arming Teachers



Teachers are not law enforcement officers, and as civilians under attack, they should not be expected to confront a shooter, and would almost surely be ineffective if they tried.

The Role of Luck in Life Success



How important is luck in life?

Commonsense Firearm Regulation



Are there any gun regulations that would actually work?

Trump: The State of Our Union Is Strong



What did you make of Trump’s State of the Union?

Trump: Invest in the United States



His words say, invest in America. His actions say otherwise.

Capitalism’s Biggest Enemies Are Capitalists



Capitalism is by far the most effective anti-poverty program in the world’s history.

Progressive Democracy



The ideology of Democracy legitimizes the actions of democratic government by validating them as being approved by the people.

Iranian Unrest



As I read about the demonstrations in Iran, my thoughts turn to conversations I’ve had with Iranian citizens over the past several years.

Rule of Law: Order Versus Justice



One of the most important factors that generate prosperity is rule of law.

Partisan Politics Disenfranchises the Minority Party



The House and Senate have each passed their versions of a tax reform bill. Those bills now go to a conference committee consisting of members of the House and Senate to reconcile their (minor) differences so that both houses can vote on and pass the same bill. The conference committee is just a formality….
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