Why I Am Not a Liberal, Or How I Changed My Mind, Twice

I was raised in a politically conservative family in Texas, back in the 1950s. My first experience with electoral politics occurred at the age of 12, when my grandparents took me to hear a stump speech by Arizona Republican Senator Barry Goldwater during his 1964 run for the Presidency against the Democratic incumbent, Lyndon B. […]

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Winners Take All — Book Review

Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. New York: Knopf, 2018. xvi + 288 pages. $26.95. Overview This book is an engaging, ground-level, journalistic report about a world hidden in plain sight. The author calls it “MarketWorld.” What is MarketWorld? MarketWorld is hydra-headed monster consisting of a physical space, a […]

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Superabundance Book Review

Marian L. Tupy and Gale L. Pooley, Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet, with Foreword by George Gilder. Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2022; xvii + 547 pages; $34.95. The central thesis of Superabundance is very simple: Malthus was wrong! What does this mean? Thomas Malthus (1766–1834) […]

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Titans of Industry, Old and New

We all reflect the times in which we live—even the most influential and powerful among us. It is just that most lives whisper in 8-point type, in keeping with a modest place in the scheme of things, while the makers of history shout in 72-point size. For this reason, the study of “parallel lives” from […]

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Peter Boettke Interview

Peter J. Boettke is one of the most influential members of what one might call the “fifth generation” of Austrian economists—an academic cohort that is currently at the peak of its intellectual power and influence, both in this country and around the world.(1) Austrian economics, as a school of thought, holds that the free market […]

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