Tag: Frederic Bastiat
By Robert Higgs | Sunday April 3, 2016 at 2:18 PM PST | Comments Off on Beware Survivorship Bias
Suppose you wanted to know how many of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who served during World War II were killed in that war. So you sent inquiries to a random sample of persons whose names were drawn from a list of all those who served in the military during the war, asking: Were...
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Tags: Austran School of economics, econometrics, Economics, empiricism, Frederic Bastiat, Ludwig von Mises, minimum wage, positivism, praxeology, Unemployment
By Noah Weinrich | Wednesday July 1, 2015 at 2:48 PM PST | Comments Off on Why Frédéric Bastiat Still Matters
Yesterday marked the 214th anniversary of Frédéric Bastiat’s birthday on June 30, 1801, in Bayonne, France. One of the seminal thinkers of the classical liberal tradition, Bastiat made great contributions to the field of political economy, laying many of the foundations for the later school of Austrian economics. Both a politician and a writer,...
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Tags: Austrian School of Economics, classical liberalism, Economists, Frederic Bastiat, Free Market, Henry Hazlitt, individual liberty, legal plunder, The Law
By Ralph Raico | Wednesday March 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM PST | 0 Comments
The following is the Foreword to the Independent Institute’s new printing of The Civilian and the Military: A History of the American Antimilitarist Tradition, by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr. See also Anthony Gregory’s review on The Beacon. In 1783 a treaty ending hostilities between Great Britain and its rebellious colonies along the eastern seaboard...
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By Robert Higgs | Monday November 16, 2009 at 10:27 AM PST | 15 Comments
“That government is best which governs not at all,” Said Henry David Thoreau, But what did he know? _______________________________________________ “Liberty: not the daughter but the mother of order,” Declared Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, And then he passed on. _______________________________________________ “When the government is too intrusive, people lose their spirit,” Noted Lao-tzu, As I would, too. _______________________________________________...
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By Peter Klein | Friday August 7, 2009 at 6:26 AM PST | 1 Comment
My old friend John Chapman channels Bastiat in a new op-ed: A lesson from the parable is that government spending cannot create wealth; it can at best redistribute it, often accompanied by waste. The clunkers program certainly helps auto manufacturers, sellers and participating buyers, today; this is what’s seen. But it hurts used-car buyers,...
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Tags: automobiles, Bailouts, Barack Obama, Budget and Tax Policy, Economics, Environment, Frederic Bastiat, Government waste, political pork, profligacy, Transportation, Urban Issues, welfare state