Tag: democracy
The Real Danger of the Capitol Incident: Suppression of Truth and Dissent
Americans are completely correct in expressing utter disgust with the outrageous violent turn of the election protest at the Capitol on January 6th. People who smashed windows, pushed through barricades, injured others, and fought with police should be promptly prosecuted. In a system of ordered liberty, all forms of violent conduct are always dead...
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Democracy: Ideology and Reality
A romantic view of democracy is that it gives citizens control over their governments. Citizens decide who holds power, and if those who are elected do not carry out the will of the voters, democratic elections provide the mechanism to replace them. Elections provide the discipline that pushes elected representatives to represent the interests...
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An Open Letter to the People of Hong Kong
While Americans were celebrating their freedoms during the July 4th weekend, the people of Hong Kong were losing theirs, with passage of China’s Hong Kong National Security Law. Independent Institute President and CEO David J. Theroux and Senior Fellow Lawrence J. McQuillan joined 68 other leading advocates for freedom from around the world in...
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How To Be a Good Neighbor by Being a Role Model — The United States, Mexico, and Economic Freedom
Role modeling economic freedom and open trade are the correct policies long term, not only for the United States, but also for its neighbors and trade partners around the world.
Our Constitutional Republic
If we want to protect our rights, we would do well to remember why the American Founders designed our constitutionally limited government as they did.
Captive State Probes Depths of Despair Under Oppression
When working at their highest level, science fiction movies provoke and engage in ideas fundamental to human existence.
A Poor Politician
“Un político pobre es un pobre político” is a well-known Mexican aphorism attributed to Carlos Hank González. My translation: “A politician who is poor is a poor politician.” Bill and Hillary Clinton certainly took that maxim to heart, as have nearly all other politicians who ever got their filthy mitts into the Treasury and...
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Lincoln Smiles on Madrid’s Effort to Prevent Independence Vote
In Spain, the central government resorted to violence to stop the people of Catalonia from participating in a vote on independence. The violence from agents of the national government is distressing. According to The Telegraph: Video footage showed officers from Spain’s national police—4,000 of whom had been brought in by the government to help...
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Principal-agent Theory and Representative Government
In recent decades economists have devoted great efforts to the analysis of the principal-agent problem (see for example Milgrom and Roberts 1992 and the Wikipedia article on “Principal-agent Problem”). This area of study has to do with the incentives and disincentives of an agent acting on behalf of a principal that he is presumed or...
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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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