Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the author of a number of books on economics and politics. He writes regularly on military non-interventionism.

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Nigeria’s Moment

A visit to a West African nation reveals tragic failure, yet great potential

MARCH 24, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Nigeria is full of ambitious, industrious people held back by State corruption and violent internal divisions.

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Save the Elephants: Sell Ivory

The market can seem cold and calculating, but it may be the best hope for superstar megafauna

FEBRUARY 21, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Only the free market can solve the problem of elephant poaching.

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The Tyranny of Good Intentions

Politicians Waste Money, and Sometimes Kill People, With Kindness

FEBRUARY 07, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Few people in politics fail to claim to be acting for the public good. But good intentions are never enough. Consequences are critical.

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Not Since 1946

Uncle Sam is bankrupt, but Washington says, "What, me worry?"

JANUARY 17, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Congressional Budget Office reports might be boring. But if you look at them closely, you'll see that the nation is headed for financial ruin.

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Get Rid of the TSA

Make Americans safer by letting airports handle airport security

JANUARY 02, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

The TSA is good only at bureaucracy, not safety. It's past time to reverse one of the biggest post-9/11 blunders and put security in the hands of private actors.

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Essentially Meaningless

How much of what the government does is actually essential?

OCTOBER 18, 2013 by DOUG BANDOW

We heard that the government was shut down, but apparently, more than eight of 10 of its operations were too essential to close. Really?

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Corruption Fertilizer

What Is Foreign Aid For? Nothing Good in Egypt

AUGUST 12, 2013 by DOUG BANDOW

Foreign aid generally hasn't done much good for democracy, prosperity, or U.S. leverage. In Egypt's case, about the only people it has ever helped are the generals who just pulled another coup.

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Wonk Licensing

Time for Washington to Create a Policy Support Program

JULY 11, 2013 by DOUG BANDOW

Washington is awash in bad policy, but only Washington can institute the kind of licensing-and-subsidy regime that could solve the problem for good.

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Whose Folly? Whose Goodies?

JUNE 18, 2013 by DOUG BANDOW

Washington insiders' complaints about the sequester show just how little they've learned from the fiscal mess they created.

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Scarcity as Incentive: Making Do with Less in Dubai

MAY 27, 2013 by DOUG BANDOW

Dubai has no oil, but plenty of money. It's another example of how innovation, in this case driven by scarcity, creates wealth.

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