Tag: private property

Voluntary Provision of a So-called Public Good »

For the past few days, several men and a fair-sized tractor front-end loader have been working on the beach road where I live north of Xcalak. None too soon, either, as the potholes have become immense in the past year or so since the last repairs. A gringo neighbor down the road organized this...
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Apple Encryption and the Erosion of Privacy »

In the wake of the terror attack in San Bernardino late last year, the FBI and other government agents set out to uncover as much information about the attackers as possible. After searching the suspects’ home, speaking with the families of the perpetrators, and looking for other clues, authorities had uncovered a great deal...
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Time to Privatize Federal Public Land »

In a recent New York Times commentary titled “Give States Control Over Public Land Out West,” Robert H. Nelson wrote: “The federal government owns almost half the land in the American West—even California is some 46 percent federal land.” Here is what surface and subsurface federal ownership looks like on a map. The theory...
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The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson »

With Thanksgiving upon us once again, we offer a reminder of the economic lesson that made our first Thanksgiving possible: The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson by Benjamin Powell Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest....
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Obama’s Business Comment . . . »

Many readers will be aware that last week in a speech President Obama said “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” There have been many comments on this already—most of them I’ve seen have been negative—but I’m still going to add a few words, because I find the...
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Congratulations to Mario Vargas Llosa on Receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature »

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to my father, Mario Vargas Llosa, is great news for those of us who value freedom. His work, as the Swedish Academy recognized in its public statement, explores the oppressive structures of power and the plight of the individual who rebels against them. His novels examine this...
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“Liberal” Appeals Court OKs Warrantless GPS Tracking by Feds »

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, much ballyhooed as liberal-leaning, is joining the rest of the former so-called “liberal” wing in falling into lockstep behind ever-increasing police powers. The appeals court last week declined a defendant’s request to review drug agents’ sneaking onto his property to affix GPS tracking devices to...
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Fox News on Montgomery’s Eminent Domain Through the Back Door »

In my capacity as chair of the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights I am featured today in two Fox stories (print and television). Our committee has been investigating eminent domain as a civil rights issue. The stories describe how “eminent domain through the back door” has become commonplace...
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Tax Day Tea Party »

I was invited to speak on entrepreneurship at San Jose’s Tax Day Tea Party event last week, so I thought I would post my remarks. I took a markedly global perspective that focused on free trade and open immigration. The take away is that economic freedom is the key to growth. Of course, a...
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Cong. Ron Paul to Interview Ivan Eland on C-SPAN »

In addition to Senior Fellow Robert Higgs being spotlighted on C-SPAN2’s prestigious In Depth program starting Sunday April 5th, Senior Fellow Ivan Eland will be interviewed by former presidential candidate, Congressman Ron Paul, on C-SPAN2’s widely influential After Words program to discuss Dr. Eland’s new Independent Institute book Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on...
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