David Brooks, in this provocative critique of Republican Libertarianism, uses the insights of Hayek without mentioning him...
As part of his continuing series Making Sense of financial news, Paul Solman has a unique look at the legacy of economist John Maynard Keynes, who first introduced the concept of government intervention in the economy, and his countertenor Friedrich Hayek. . . .
There’s a debate going on in the punditsphere about whether America is ungovernable. . . .
When I first took economics, I learned from my textbook (Samuelson) the fallacy of post hoc, ergo propter hoc...
It has nothing to do with the bloated budget, the payoffs to political friends like the unions in bailing out Detroit and exempting them from health care taxes, the rising debt, the coddling of Wall Street, the stimulus package that didn’t stimulate, the grandiosity of redesigning the health care system and the energy sector. . . .
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. . . .
Two centuries ago, when there were plans to create a huge fund of money to pay off Britain's national debt...
The roots of conservatism go back to philosophers of the 17 and 18th centuries, such as John Locke, David Hume, and Adam Smith...
In Washington, many are struggling to control spending and cut taxes. History is on their side. By Michael J. Boskin.
A decent education doesn’t merely confer good grades. It confers the ability to understand complex social issues—the health care battle, for instance. By Chester E. Finn Jr.
When John McCain accepts the Republican nomination tonight, he will address a party that doubts itself...
. . . May be paved with good intentions, but Greece has run into a ditch. California, unfortunately, seems to be close behind. By Victor Davis Hanson.
A recession is a terrible time to make major changes in the economic rules of the game. . . .
Crackpot! Socialist! Tyrant! Oh, how we Americans love to pillory our presidents. By Lou Cannon.
Paul Ryan is a straight shooter, and health care is his target. An interview with Peter Robinson.
If a CEO issued the kind of distorted figures put out by politicians and scientists, he'd wind up in prison. . . .
Debt-to-GDP ratios over 90% have significant impact on the pace of economic growth. . . .
What did the midterm elections prove? That Americans yearn for enduring principles—and dislike being pushed around. By Peter Berkowitz.
This clash of candidates is not about policies but about visions—and conservatives see more clearly. By Bruce S. Thornton.
Clarity of purpose is only half of a winning political strategy. The other half involves a clear understanding of the possible. By Peter Berkowitz.