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Clichés of Progressivism

#24 -"Americans Squander Their Incomes on Themselves While Public Needs Are Neglected"

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 by EDMUND OPITZ

Freedom means spending your own money the way you choose, even if you sometimes choose foolishly.

#23 – “The Balance of Trade Deficit Requires Government Action”

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

No trades are deemed as anything but "favorable" by those engaged in the trading, so how can anyone add all those trades up and arrive at something "unfavorable"?

#22 – "Voluntary, Market-Based Arrangements ‘Use’ People”

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 by GARY M. GALLES

Progressives claim that the free market treats people like commodities. In reality, it is the only economic arrangement that protects the individual.

#21 – “Capitalism’s Sweatshops and Child Labor Cry Out for Government Intervention”

SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 by PAUL L. POIROT

Improving the lot of the working poor is not as simple as pushing a button. People are raised out of difficult working conditions over time through savings, investment, and innovation.

#20 – Government Can Be a Compassionate Alternative to the Harshness of the Marketplace

AUGUST 29, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

True compassion means taking action personally to relieve suffering; supporting government redistribution is a vastly different thing.

#19 – “Big Government Is a Check on Big Business”

AUGUST 22, 2014 by JULIAN ADORNEY

Big Government and Big Business often play well together, at the expense of start-ups, little guys, and consumers.

#18 – “Humanity Can Be Best Understood in a Collective Context”

AUGUST 15, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Advocates of personal and economic freedom are usually in the individualism camp, whereas those who think of themselves these days as "progressives" are firmly in the camp of collectivism.

#17 – “All We Need Is the Right People to Run the Government”

AUGUST 08, 2014 by MELVIN D. BARGER

When the State expands beyond its rightful limits, it doesn't matter who's in charge. Waiting for "the right people" to show up and fix it just gives the problems more time to get worse.

#16 - Ownership Must Be Tempered by Sharing

AUGUST 01, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

A person has an incentive to care for what they own, but take away ownership and the incentive disappears.

#15 - We Are Destroying the Earth and Government Must Do Something

JULY 25, 2014 by SANDY IKEDA

The question isn't whether the market is destroying the planet; it's whether the transformations are worth the cost--and where those costs are falling.

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Heavily-armed police and their supporters will tell you they need all those armored trucks and heavy guns. It's a dangerous job, not least because Americans have so many guns. But the numbers just support these claims: Policing is safer than ever--and it's safer than a lot of common jobs by comparison. Daniel Bier has the analysis. Plus, Iain Murray and Wendy McElroy look at how the Feds are recruiting more and more Americans to do their policework for them.
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