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
Randall Holcombe | Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM PDT | Comments Off on The Republican Advantage That’s Easy to See but Nobody Notices
Does color, on a subconscious level, affect who we vote for?
Tags: Democrats, Elections, Politics, Propaganda, Republicans, Socialism
Robert Higgs | Tuesday February 13, 2018 at 10:20 AM PDT | Comments Off on Roving Bandit, Stationary Bandit, and Income Tax
Many libertarians have embraced the slogan “taxation is theft.”
Tags: extortion, Income Tax, IRS, Liberty, Mancur Olson, Socialism, statism, tax collector, Taxes
David J. Theroux | Monday December 18, 2017 at 8:51 PM PDT | Comments Off on Governmentium
From the satirical vaults of 2005 by an unknown author who we wish we could credit, but most likely someone who was working for the government: Scientists have discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy...
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Tags: Big Government, bureaucracy, government power, Periodic Table, Red Tape, satire, Science, Socialism, statism
Alvaro Vargas Llosa | Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 12:07 PM PDT | Comments Off on My Interview with Lenin, One Hundred Years after the Revolution
The mysteries of science have preserved Lenin alive, whose “death” in 1924 was a cunning scheme. I have managed to track him down to talk about the one hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Me: What does the “October Revolution” say to us today? Lenin: The vanquished were right. History has sent the Provisional...
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Tags: Communism, Lenin, populism, Russian Revolution, Socialism, Stalin, Troskey
Robert Higgs | Monday July 24, 2017 at 5:10 PM PDT | Comments Off on Socialism Is Dead; Participatory Fascism Has Triumphed
“Socialism with Chinese characteristics” = Chinese fascism “American capitalism” = American fascism “Post-Communism in Russia” = Russian fascism “Scandinavian Third Way” = Scandinavian fascism “Italian fascism” = Italian fascism “German fascism” = German fascism “Spanish fascism” = Spanish fascism “European corporatism” = European fascism Are you starting to see a pattern?
Tags: central planning, cronyism, Elections, Fascism, income distribution, Socialism
Lawrence J. McQuillan | Thursday June 8, 2017 at 4:11 PM PDT | Comments Off on How Soviets in 1960 Imagined 2017, and the Biggest Changes They Missed
A 1960 Soviet filmstrip surfaced earlier this year depicting a vision of life in 2017. As Russia prepares for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, it is interesting to reflect on the filmstrip to see what Soviet propagandists got right and what they got wrong. The 45-frame filmstrip, found in a family...
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Tags: Bolshevik Revolution, Communism, FaceTime, Russia, scanning technology, self-driving cars, Skype, smart technology, Socialism, Soviet Union, Technology, USSR
Kevin Dowd | Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM PDT | Comments Off on Jeremy Corbyn’s Hardcore Socialism Would Render Britain Destitute
Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist policies of state control, high spending, class warfare and punitive taxation have been tried in many countries. We know how these policies turn out and it is always the same: badly. As a starting point, he appointed a Stalinist as a key advisor, ignored warnings about Trot infiltration of the Labour...
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Tags: Argentina, British election, Communism, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Great Britain, higher taxes, Hugo Chavez, Jeremy Corbyn, Julius Nyerere, Labor Unions, Robert Mugabe, Socialism, statism, United Kingdom, Venezuela
Vicki Alger | Monday April 17, 2017 at 1:23 PM PDT | Comments Off on The Real Educational Choice Debate Isn’t About Money. It’s About Government Control
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking about the future of school choice at an event hosted in Washington, DC, by the Independent Women’s Forum, featuring The Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke and SAVE President Edward Bartlett. The core issue of this public policy debate is not about money. It’s about competing visions over...
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Tags: American History, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Constitution, Economics, Education, education savings accounts, educational choice, ESAs, Free Market, Liberty, Nanny State, parental choice, Personal Liberty, Politics, Power, Regulation, school choice, Socialism, The State
David J. Theroux | Saturday February 18, 2017 at 1:23 PM PDT | Comments Off on 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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