Michael John Novak, Jr., 1933-2017 »

Our very dear friend and Founding Member of the Board of Advisors of the Independent Institute, Michael Novak, passed away at the age of 83, on February 17th. A man of immense generosity, integrity, joyfulness, and good will, Michael was one of the most important scholars, theologians, prolific authors, and public intellectuals of the...
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Ronald Reagan on Open Borders »

From the Republican presidential primary debate, April 23, 1980, excerpted in today’s Wall Street Journal: Ronald Reagan: Can I add to that? I think the time has come that the United States and our neighbors, particularly our neighbor to the south, should have a better understanding and a better relationship than we’ve ever had.......
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“American Pie” – Altered to Lament My Life and Times as an Economist »

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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“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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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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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Military Tribunals Are Unconstitutional »

In an article in the Los Angeles Times on November 29th, “The case against military tribunals,” Judge Andrew P. Napolitano presented his opposition to military tribunals in the U.S. government’s undeclared “war on terror.” It’s a violation of the Constitution to use the panels without a declaration of war—and just calling it a “war”...
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