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- November 30, 2016 — Cuban Socialism Should Die With Castro — Inside Sources — Benjamin Powell writes on the record of Cuban socialism following the death of
Fidel Castro. (Also published in Muscatine Journal)
- November 17, 2016 — The Trump Policy That Will 'Shrink the Economy and Make the US Poorer' — CNBC — Benjamin Powell discusses the potential implications of economic policies promoted
by Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.
- November 7, 2016 — Pitfalls in GDP Accounting — The Library of Economics and Liberty — Robert Murphy discusses some common mistakes and pitfalls in interpreting the meaning
of gross domestic product (GDP).
- November 7, 2016 — No, Every Vote Really Doesn't Count — The Daily Caller — Alexandre Padilla (with Arthur Fleisher) discusses the decision to vote relative
to the importance of other decisions individuals make.
- October 14, 2016 — Privatizing, Partnerships Future of Public Transit — Toronto Sun — Vincent Geloso (with Germain Belzile) discusses the performance of publicly owned
and subsidized transit systems in Canada.
- October 5, 2016 — Opinion: Trade is Win-Win — The Oklahoman (NewsOK) — Benjamin Powell discusses the fallacies being propagated by candidates in the 2016
Presidential election concerning the costs and benefits of international trade. (This
article also ran in The Detroit News.)
- September 29, 2016 — Americans Should Sound the Alarm on National Debt to Presidential Candidates — Dallas Morning News — Alexander Salter discusses the 'juggling tricks' performed by politicians, particularly
the sustainability of the federal debt.
- September 26, 2016 — Ordering the Cosmos: Private Law in the Final Frontier — SpaceNews Magazine — Alexander Salter discusses questions that have arisen in both scholarly and policy
circles concerning the governance of commercial activity in outer space.
- September 9, 2016 — 9/11 and the Political Uses of Crisis — The Beacon — Robert Murphy discusses the success (or lack thereof) of TSA provision of airline
security services and the possibility of alternatives.
- August 16, 2016 — Will AirBnB's Lawsuit Help Open the Door for Renters and Homeowners? — Newsday — Benjamin Powell discusses the potential implications of a lawsuit filed by AirBnB
against the City and County of San Francisco.
- August 11, 2016 — The Political Economy of "Starship Troopers" — The Imaginative Conservative — Alexander Salter discusses insights about political economy that can be drawn from
the popular novel and film.
- July 11, 2016 — What Brexit Teaches Us about Democracy — The Imaginative Conservative — Alexander Salter discusses the decision procedure - the referendum - for Brexit.
- July 5, 2016 — The Economics of Brexit — The Daily Caller — Robert Murphy discusses the potential consequences of the "Brexit" vote in Great
- July 4, 2016 — Monetary Calculation as a Scorecard — The Library of Economics and Liberty — Robert Murphy recounts the arguments made by Ludwig von Mises on prices and economic
- June 28, 2016 — Ending Cuban Embargo Could Spur 'Contagious Capitalism' — Sun-Sentinel — Benjamin Powell discusses a recent visit to Cuba and argues for the repeal of
the U.S. embargo.
- June 26, 2016 — Why Progressivism Will Win — The Imaginative Conservative — Alexander Salter discusses the progressive roots of the modern bureaucratic-administrative
- June 24, 2016 — No, Robot Overlords Will Not Take Over — The Freeman — Robert Murphy discusses the predictions of technological optimists and pessimists.
- May 23, 2016 — Learning to Love the Liberalism of Ludwig von Mises — The Imaginative Conservative — Alexander Salter discusses the conception of liberalism put forth by Ludwig von
Mises and its implications for current public policy debates.
- May 18, 2016 — Capitalism Gave Power to the People — The Freeman — Robert Murphy argues that social cooperation through voluntary interaction in markets
has been, and still is, the most effective way to give 'power to the people.'
- May 8, 2016 — What One Economist Knew — American Thinker — Robert Murphy discusses the scholarly contributions of Friedrich Hayek on the 117th
anniversary of his birth.
- May 1, 2016 — The only solution to TSA's problems: Get rid of it — New York Post — Benjamin Powell discusses problems created by a lack of competitive alternatives
to government-mandates policies and provision of airport security services.
- April 22, 2016 — An Un-American Crusade — U.S. News & World Report — Alexander Salter discusses the visions of governance being promoted by some prominent
presidential candidates, along with their likely implications for self-governance.
- April 20, 2016 — Audrey Redford: How police can seize your property without a trial — The Dallas Morning News — Audrey Redford discusses civil asset forfeiture and the likely impact of the reinstatement
of the Equitable Sharing Program in Texas and nationwide.
- April 20, 2016 — AirBnB: Regulation without Government — The Freeman — Robert Murphy discusses the false choice between political regulation and no regulation
that many commentaries on AirBnB (and other services that are part of the sharing
- March 24, 2016 — Legal setback in fight to increase housing — The Orange County Register — Benjamin Powell discusses the implications of the Supreme Court's recent refusal
to hear the California Building Industry Association's challenge to inclusionary zoning
- March 24, 2016 — In Defense of the GOP's Sound Money Candidate — The Daily Caller— Alexander Salter discusses the knowledge problem that - Ted Cruz's (and other candidate's)
views notwithstanding - all monetary policymakers inevitably encounter in their efforts
to manage the supply and demand for money.
- March 16, 2016 — Look at the Growth We'd Get from Less Government — The Freeman — Robert Murphy responds to recent discussions of growth estimates under the economic
policies proposed by Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders by constructing his own
'freer market' estimates.
- March 15, 2016 — Why American Government Has Failed — The Imaginative Conservative — Alexander Salter discusses the concept of sovereignty and its application to contemporary
American political economy.
- March 8, 2016 — Argentina: Default, Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limits — Austrian Economics Center Blog — Gonzalo Macera discusses the precarious fiscal situation that the new Argentinian
government currently faces.
- March 6, 2016 — Misguided minimum wage policies hurt workers — Toronto Sun — Robert Murphy and Charles Lammam discuss the findings of their recent policy research
report (published by Fraser Institute) on the impact of increasing minimum wages.
- March 4, 2016 — Political Induced Uncertainty and the Quest for Growth — The Blog at Huffpost Politics — Wolf von Laer discusses the findings from his research, co-authored with Adam Martin,
on regime uncertainty created as a consequence of the policy responses to the Great
- March 1, 2016 — A Scientific Consensus on What Now? — The Freeman — Robert Murphy discusses scientific consensus on the causes of climate change and
the chilling impact it has on criticism of proposed public policy responses.
- February 29, 2016 — Who Has the Right to Rule Us? — The Imaginative Conservative — Alexander Salter poses a question about the nature and structure of governance
institutions, which challenges readers to consider how governance rules are structured
and enforced, as opposed to who structures and enforces rules.
- February 29, 2016 — The Art of Economic Illiteracy — The Philadelphia Inquirer — Benjamin Powell addresses recent comments by Presidential candidate, Donald Trump,
illustrating his mistaken views on the costs and benefits of international trade.
This article also ran in Inside Sources (Trumped Up Trade Fallacies) on February 25, 2016.
- February 22, 2016 — The Fed and the Stock Market — The Hill — Robert Murphy discusses the relationship between recent Federal Reserve policy and
fluctuations in equity markets.
- February 9, 2016 — Economic Efficiency: A Misunderstood Concept — The Imaginative Conservative — Alexander Salter discusses the concept of economic efficiency emphasizing the importance
of distinguishing between its positive and normative aspects.
- January 18, 2016 — The Big Short Misleads on Ratings Agencies — The Freeman — Robert Murphy examines the role of government regulation of securities ratings
agencies in precipitating the financial crisis of 2007-8 in light of the perspective
offered in the film The Big Short.
- January 13, 2016 — What Austrian Business Cycle Theory Does Not Predict — Atlas Network Sound Money Project — Alexander Salter addresses common criticisms of Austrian Business Cycle Theory
in a short summary of the theory's primary claims.
- January 11, 2016 — Powerball and the Lucas Critique — The Beacon — Robert Murphy discusses arguments that the expected value of purchasing a single
ticket would exceed the cost of purchasing a ticket given the size of the jackpot.
- January 6, 2016 — Time to Abolish Selective Service — The Hill — Benjamin Powell argues for the abolition of the Selective Service registration
requirement after a recent decision to open all combat positions to both men and women.
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