Tag: free markets
Sam Staley | Friday June 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM PDT | Comments Off on Pope Francis Film Promotes Tolerance but Flawed Thinking on Poverty
Bodes well for an era of promoting tolerance but casts a shadow over the prospects for alleviating global poverty.
Tags: Catholic church, Catholicism, Christianity, collectivism, economic development, free markets, God, Inequality, Pope Francis, Poverty, progressivism, Property Rights, redistributionism, Socialism, tolerance, Vatican, Wim Wenders
William Shughart | Friday May 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM PDT | Comments Off on Why Have Gasoline Prices Risen Lately?
If you wonder why prices at the gas pump have been climbing recently and are expected to continue to climb, look no further than the sharp drop in crude oil production in Venezuela, the Saudi Arabia of the Americas.
Tags: Energy markets, Free Market, free markets, Gasoline Prices, Socialism, The State, Venezuela
Robert Higgs | Wednesday August 26, 2015 at 3:53 PM PDT | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Nathan Rosenberg (1927-2015)
I have just received the sad news that Nathan Rosenberg has died. Nate was an outstanding economic historian, and in my early years in the profession I viewed him as the very model of the kind of economic historian I wanted to become. He reviewed many of my early papers before their publication, and...
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Tags: economic history, Economics, economist, free enterprise, free markets, How the West Grew Rich, judaism, Morgen Freiheit, NBER, private enterprise, Rosenberg-Birdzell, Technology
Aaron Tao | Thursday August 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM PDT | Comments Off on Game Developers Face Final Boss: The FDA
[This piece was later published by Newsweek and the Foundation for Economic Education.] “Absent the FDA, Americans would be healthier and happier.” —Robert Higgs As I drove to work the other day, I heard a very interesting segment on NPR that featured a startup designing video games to improve cognitive skills and relieve symptoms...
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Tags: Drugs, Entrepreneurship, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, free markets, Health, Healthcare, public choice, Regulation, Video Games
Abigail R. Hall | Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 6:27 AM PDT | Comments Off on Let Them Eat Cake
In January of this year, a Denver bakery found itself at the center of a civil rights controversy. The crime? The bakery refused customer Bill Jack’s request to put an anti-gay message (“God Hates Gays”) on a cake. He reported that he felt as though the bakery discriminated against him based on his “creed.”...
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Tags: ACLU, Civil Liberties, colorado, Discrimination, equality, free markets, LGBT
Sam Staley | Sunday March 2, 2014 at 7:12 PM PDT | Comments Off on The Hayekian Liberty of Ender’s Game
Finally, after much encouragement from my college freshman daughter, I just finished reading Ender’s Game, the best-selling science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card that won the Nebula and Hugo awards when it was published in the mid-1980s. The story follows the cultivation of a 6-year-old, boy-wonder, military tactician, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, as he...
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Tags: Austrian economics, Austrian School of Economics, calculation debate, central planning, Children, Civil Liberties, coordination, Economics, Ender's game, Entertainment, entrepreneurship, Fascism, fiction, Free Market, free markets, individual liberty, libertarianism, Libertarianism, Liberty, literature, Military, Morality, personal freedom, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, Religion, science fiction, Socialism, The State, violence, War, Weapons
David Theroux | Monday December 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM PDT | 0 Comments
Independent Institute Research Director Alexander Tabarrok is interviewed here by Ray Lehmann on the FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate News) Podcast for the Heartland Institute. The interview discusses many government barriers that exist that block innovation and what policy reforms could be adopted now to restore entrepreneurship and prosperity. Issues addressed include patents...
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Tags: bankruptcy, Books, deregulation, Economics, Education, Entrepreneurship, Free Market, free market economics, free markets, genetic testing, health and wealth insurance, human organ markets, Intellectual Property, intelligence gathering, investor protection, legal gridlock, Mercantilism, patents, Privatization, probation and parole, Property Rights, Steven Landsburg, Technology, urban transit
Anthony Gregory | Friday May 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM PDT | 0 Comments
This summer, the Independent Institute is excited to host “The Challenge of Liberty”, two student seminar programs, one geared toward college students and the other for high school students. The high school session runs from June 20 to 24 at our offices in Oakland and the college program will be held at a Bay...
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Tags: American History, Austrian School of Economics, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Culture, Economics, Education, Free Market, free markets, health care, Liberalism, Liberty, money and banking, monopoly and competition, Morality, Natural Law, Peace, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, Property Rights, Religion, Robert Higgs, Socialism, statism, student seminars, summer seminars, Taxation, The Challenge of Liberty, The State, Trade, Upcoming Events, War, Welfare
Lindsay Boyd | Tuesday December 7, 2010 at 2:49 PM PDT | 1 Comment
[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download mp3 file. Here also are relevant books from Dr. Higgs: Depression, War, and Cold War Neither Liberty nor Safety The Challenge of Liberty Against Leviathan Crisis and Leviathan
Tags: Against Leviathan, American History, Austrian School of Economics, Bailouts, Civil Society, Constitution, Crisis and Leviathan, Culture, Depression War and Cold War, Economics, Employment, Federal Reserve, free enterprise, Free Market, free markets, Government subsidies, Great Depression, Inflation, Keynesian economics, Liberty, Nationalization, New Deal, Obamanomics, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, regime uncertainty
Robert Higgs | Sunday October 31, 2010 at 12:44 PM PDT | 9 Comments
A long, long time ago . . . I can still remember, Mainstream theory used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make equations dance And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while. But Joseph Stiglitz made me shiver With every paper he’d deliver. Bad news...
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Tags: American History, Austrian School of Economics, Bailouts, Budget and Tax Policy, Corporatism, Corruption, Culture, Don McLean, Economics, F. A. Hayek, free markets, Government subsidies, Helter skelter, Humor, Inflation, Integrity, Joseph Stiglitz, Liberty, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, Money and Banking, Murray Rothbard, Nixon, Paul Volker, Personal Liberty, Phillips Curve, Power, Regulation, Robert Lucas, Ronald Reagan, Socialism, Taxation, The State, Trade, Unemployment