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Disabled People on Welfare: Up, Up, and Away!

Written by Gary North on January 28, 2015


This headline grabbed my attention: 1 in 3 on Disability Have Mental Disorder; 42.9% in D.C. The first word the popped into my head was “Congress.” But I was wrong. The article is about people with mental disorders in the general population, not just in the nation’s Capitol. A basic law of economics is this: […]

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My Latest Book: Free

Written by Gary North on January 24, 2015


My new book is now typeset: The Covenantal Structure of Christian Economics. You can download it here: http://www.garynorth.com/CovenantalEconomics.pdfIt is different from every other book you have read on economics. It begins with this question: “Who owns this?” This is the most divisive question in economic thought. Because it is divisive, economists ever since Adam Smith […]

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A Political Alliance of Bastards

Written by Gary North on January 23, 2015

I begin with my favorite closing dialogue in the history of the movies. It is from The Professionals (1966). Ralph Bellamy hires four adventurers to bring back his kidnapped wife. A Mexican revolutionary has kidnapped her. But it turns out that she went with him willingly. So, they escort her from her husband’s ranch at […]

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Food Stamps Charts

Written by Gary North on January 14, 2015


Here is the total number of Americans receiving food stamps. Here is he percentage of Americans receiving food stamps. If this is recovery, what will the next recession bring? Do you believe any of this is going to change, other than in the Great Default? Farm state voters love it. The Department of Agriculture loves […]

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Oldsters Overwhelm Britain’s Socialized Medicine: The Inevitable Begins

Posted on January 7, 2015

There are grave doubts over the National Health Service’s capacity to cope with ever-growing demand this winter after emergency departments recorded their worst week in a decade, and more than a dozen hospitals were forced to implement “major incident” emergency plans. Despite mild weather and without a serious outbreak of seasonal illness, this week at […]

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Blaming the Geezers, Not the State

Written by Gary North on December 22, 2014


The prestigious Financial Times offers an explanation for the West’s pessimism.  It blames aging. It does not blame Keynesianism. It does not blame a loss of faith in the idea of progress, a factor that Robert Nisbet warned against in the Epilogue to his great book, History of the Idea of Progress (1980). It does […]

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Chicago Imposes a $13/Hour Minimum Wage by 2019

Written by Gary North on December 3, 2014


Chicago has just sent businesses a message: “It’s time to adopt labor-saving machinery. Fire some workers.” It sent a message to adjoining suburban towns: “You will get lots of Chicago public transit commuters looking for work — cheap.” It sent a message to the city’s welfare office: “Prepare for a flood.” It sent a message […]

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Our Giant Welfare State

Posted on November 26, 2014


By Robert J. Samuelson We Americans pride ourselves on not having a “welfare state.” We’re not like Europeans. We’re more individualistic and self-reliant, and although we may have a “social safety net” to protect people against unpredictable personal and societal tragedies, we explicitly repudiate a comprehensive welfare state as inherently un-American. Dream on. Call it […]

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