Angus Burgin's video of his keynote address at the first annual workshop on political economy.
The latest episode of EconTalk is Mike Munger on cultural norms...
Hoover fellow and historian Niall Ferguson on China, Trump, and Trade.
Can the US Hold China Responsible for the Pandemic?
Classical liberals and libertarians, especially those who admire the works of the famous legal theorists and economist F.A. Hayek, are fond of pointing out that a free society requires the rule of law...
Robert Samuelson does a nice job explaining why living standards are rising even though we sometimes hear otherwise:...
Robert Samuelson points out wisely that the measured poverty rate is a misleading measure of economic progress when there is immigration (a common theme here at the Cafe)...
An American sage turns 90.
These are exciting though scary revolutionary times, akin to the constant acrimony in the fourth-century BC polis, mid-nineteenth century revolutionary Europe, or — perhaps in a geriatric replay — the 1960s. . . .
The other day I sought a respite from current events by re-reading some of the writings of 18th century British statesman Edmund Burke...
The American dream isn’t just about riches. Even in the twenty-first century, it’s still about freedom.
Several years ago I participated in a colloquium whose title was something like “Advancing Technology: Thinking Outside the Box.” The presentations ranged from the ever-more imaginative uses of robots (fascinating) to irrigating the Sahara Desert for growing crops that by mid-century could sustain the planet’s burgeoning population (unconvincing).
It wasn’t British force alone that secured Northern Ireland’s uneasy peace. Offering decent lives to ordinary people—jobs, houses, education, and local control—proved even more important. By Thomas H. Henriksen.
During the 1932 presidential campaign President Herbert Hoover told the nation that “the proposals of our opponents represent a profound change in American life…” Hoover argued that the policies being advocated by his opponent, New York Democrat Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, “represent a radical departure from the foundations of 150 years which have made this the greatest nation in the world.” He understood, rather prophetically, that the campaign was “more than a contest between two parties. It is a contest between two philosophies of government.” In fact, Hoover warned that the result of the election meant “deciding the direction our nation will take over a century to come.”
A few countries have found a way to stop graft and foster political stability: hire foreigners to collect their revenue. By Kris James Mitchener and Noel Maurer.
What role should the state play in the libertarian ideal?
On Pigou, Pinatubo, cow farts and geo-engineering
The Trump-loathing American left has spiraled out of control.
A response to the carping critics of a great economist.
And if they put their new freedoms to work, they won’t even remain poor. By Gary S. Becker.