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Water Rationing: The Bureaucrat’s Solution

Written by Gary North on March 14, 2015

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California does not get much rain these days. Rain has been getting less and less, year after year. The residents need to consume less water. But which residents? Living where? Cities? Farms? There is a solution: raise prices. Then let people decide how much they are willing to consume. Those who are willing to pay […]

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Right to Work Law . . . in Wisconsin!

Written by Gary North on February 27, 2015

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How can this be? I grew up hoping to see union power curtailed. I was a big fan of libertarian legal theorist Sylvester Petro, even before I met him at the Foundation for Economic Education in 1971. His books on illegitimate union power in the 1950’s were like oases in the desert. He was John […]

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Public Sector Unions in Wisconsin Are Dying

Written by Gary North on February 23, 2015

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Gov. Scott Walker and the legislature were successful in 2011 in passing a law that undermined the ability of unions in the public sector to strike. This took away the threat of the public unions. Wikipedia describes the law. The bill requires additional contributions by state and local government workers to their health care plans […]

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Flash! Walmart Can Hire All the People It Wants at Low Wages!

Written by Gary North on February 20, 2015

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Stop the presses! (You remember presses, don’t you?) “Walmart is paying people $9 an hour.” The Leftist press is outraged. “It’s a public relations stunt! It’s not enough!” Doubt me? Click here. Paying $9 an hour is enough to keep workers from quitting. It’s enough to get potential workers filling out job applications forms. If […]

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Video: Suffer No Fools — The Walter Williams Story

Written by Gary North on February 3, 2015

Walter Williams teaches economics at George Mason University. In his newspaper columns — you remember newspapers, I hope — he has made famous this line: “Go to the head of the class.” Back in the mid-1970’s, he and I were part of a summer program sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute: “The Role of Business […]

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The Fable of the Bees Revised

Written by Gary North on January 13, 2015

The most influential poem in history is Bernard Mandeville’s “The Grumbling Hive; or Knaves Turned Honest” (1705). It challenged Western moral philosophy, Christian theology, and common sense. It changed the thinking of Western social theorists. Through Adam Smith, it changed the economic world. Yet it was not a good poem. This gives me hope. You […]

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Videos: Traffic Without Traffic Lights

Written by Gary North on January 9, 2015

In the West, we cannot imagine urban traffic control without traffic signs and lights. But the following testifies to the viability of voluntary, free market arrangements. These are sped-up videos of traffic congestion without traffic lights. At normal speeds, it’s even easier. Liberals simply cannot imagine this. Libertarians can imagine it, but they have not […]

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Taxi Drivers’ Last Stand: “Are You Not Talking to Me?”

Written by Gary North on December 24, 2014

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In Europe and now in South Korea, taxi drivers have pressured their governments to make Uber illegal. Uber supplies taxis ordered by cell phone to people who want a ride. It’s illegal, city governments say. The drivers are not licensed as taxi drivers. Taxi drivers want guaranteed jobs and above-market wages. So, they get the […]

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