July/August 2014Volume 64, 2014
The United States' corporate tax burden is the highest in the world, but innovators will always find a way to duck away from Uncle Sam's reach. Doug Bandow explains how those with the means are renouncing their citizenship in increasing numbers, while J. Dayne Girard describes the innovative use of freeports to shield wealth from the myriad taxes and duties imposed on it as it moves around the world. Of course the politicians brand all of these people unpatriotic, hoping you won't think too hard about the difference between the usual crony-capitalist suspects and the global creative elite that have done so much to improve our lives. In a special tech section, Joseph Diedrich, Thomas Bogle, and Matthew McCaffrey look at various ways these innovators add value to our lives—even in ways they probably never expected.
JUNE 11, 2014 by Mark Lutter
Humanity's future lies in urbanization, but we'll need a lot of experimentation to get it right. Private cities offer our best hope.
Turning a profit in no-government’s land
JUNE 04, 2014 by J. Dayne Girard
Freeports have become the hottest innovation around increasingly intrusive tax laws.
European election results point to a different road for the continent
JUNE 03, 2014 by Iain Murray
The recent European Parliament elections are more about the need for reform than about the rise of far-right extremism.
JUNE 06, 2014 by Lawrence W. Reed
No group of people, no matter how much power they possess, can possibly know more than an infinitesimal fraction of what they'd need to plan an economy.
JUNE 10, 2014 by Daniel Bier
Restricting the supply of doctors artificially inflates the market for quackery and its placebo effect.
MAY 28, 2014 by Joseph S. Diedrich
A new dating app shows how economic concepts pervade our lives.
A hot new game gives players mixed messages about markets and cronyism
MAY 20, 2014 by Thomas Bogle
The mobile game "Make It Rain" might have been meant as a commentary on money, but it's a good illustration of Public Choice arguments.
Video games rot your brain and teach you econ
JUNE 17, 2014 by Matthew McCaffrey
As more and more people cross over into gaming environments, they're getting an education in the dismal science.
JUNE 10, 2014 by Jeffrey A. Tucker
An underappreciated part of Henry Hazlitt's literary legacy maps out the path to individual happiness--and the ingredients of freedom for a nation.
Entrepreneurs are high-tailing it out of the United States, and it’s the politicians’ fault
JUNE 09, 2014 by Doug Bandow
More and more wealthy people are leaving the United States. Both parties need to stop trying to punish this behavior.
How a beautiful old hill in Britain is bleeding one man dry
MAY 29, 2014 by Lawrence W. Reed
Death duties might cost Britain a legendary, idyllic, undeveloped hill in the Lake District.
MAY 29, 2014 by Sandy Ikeda
People experience negative outcomes in our economy. We shouldn't be too quick to jump to conclusions about why they happened.
JULY 01, 2014 by The Freeman
When America's entrepreneurs flee, they shouldn't be demonized or hunted down. They're preserving the capital needed to keep making the world a better place.
Language—even profanity—evolves faster than it can be regulated
MAY 22, 2014 by Sarah Skwire
Authorities in Michigan are trying to crack down on swearing; fortunately, language is too spontaneous and too open to innovation for this plan to work.
JUNE 16, 2014 by B.K. Marcus
The Robin Hood legend originated as a story about political, not economic, oppression.
JUNE 17, 2014 by Doug Ramspeck
refuses. This is
the solitary hour.
JUNE 23, 2014 by Hannah Bonner
Another call and message left
while I stand at the stove,