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Government Schooling and Supermarkets

Someone recently wrote to me asking for a reference to something that I’d written comparing the way that we Americans purchase groceries to the way that most of us purchase K-12 schooling. On May 5th, 2011, I published an essay on this topic in the Wall Street Journal, but a search of Cafe Hayek reveals that I have yet to reproduce here that essay in its entirety. Here it is: If Supermarkets Were Like Public Schools Teachers unions and their political allies argue that market forces...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Sweet Land of Liberty?”

In my Pittsburgh Tribune-Review column of December 14th, 2007, I lamented the fact that we Americans do not take seriously enough our boast of living in a sweet land of liberty. You can read my lamentation beneath the fold. Sweet Land of Liberty? In this sweet land of liberty it is surprising how readily we modern Americans let others rule us. I’m not talking about Americans letting some foreign government rule us. That won’t happen anytime soon. There’s no risk that, say, we will...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “A dollar dump? Not Likely”

In my November 30th, 2007, column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review I did my best to calm the fears of those who worry that non-Americans who hold dollars and dollar-denominated assets will suddenly dump them and thereby inflict economic harm on Americans. You can read my column beneath the fold. A dollar dump? Not likely Should Americans worry that foreigners hold lots of dollars and dollar-denominated assets? Conventional wisdom says “yes.” The alleged reason for this concern is that...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Dirty job”

In my column for the October 24th, 2007, edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, I was inspired by Mike Rowe to write about an especially dirty job. You can read my column beneath the fold. Dirty job My family’s favorite television show these days is “Dirty Jobs.” This Discovery Channel program stars Mike Rowe, who travels the country in search of real-world jobs that are, shall we say, unpleasant. Workers get well and truly dirty. And in each episode Rowe performs one or two of these...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Discovering your inner economist”

My column for the September 26th, 2007, edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review was inspired by Tyler Cowen’s then-newly published book, Discover Your Inner Economist. You can read my column beneath the fold. Discovering your inner economist Economics cannot tell you what the price of gold will be next week. But it can help you choose good restaurants. Contrary to popular myth, economics is not a science for forecasting asset values. If it were, economists would be the richest people...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Libertarians & immigration”

In my Pittsburgh Tribune-Review column for September 12th, 2007, I ponder the peculiar self-identification of some opponents of immigration as “libertarian.” You can read my column beneath the fold. Libertarians & immigration One of the most bizarre developments in the past decade or so is the insistence by a small handful of people who parade under the banner “libertarian” or “advocate of free markets” that the state has both the right and the duty to limit immigration. The most...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Cartoon lessons”

My column for the July 11th, 2007, edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is one of the nine or ten of my columns that rank in my top-five favorites of all the columns that I’ve ever written. Not coincidentally, one of its implied lessons is that industrial policy is folly. It was inspired by the New Yorker’s weekly caption contest. You can read my column beneath the fold. Cartoon lessons Assets are not automatically productive. They must be made productive by human creativity and...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Laissez faire is best medicine”

In my Pittsburgh Tribune-Review column of August 22nd, 2007, I argued that the best regimen for an ailing economy is laissez faire. You can read my argument beneath the fold. Laissez faire is best medicine I’m writing these words only days after the Federal Reserve injected several million additional dollars into the economy. The recent steep decline in stock values, apparently sparked by the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, has lots of people plenty worried. They worry not...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Progressive – not!”

My column for the August 8th, 2007, edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review was inspired by a game that my son, Thomas – then ten-years old – sometimes played. You can read my column beneath the fold. Progressive – not! My son, Thomas, 10, sometimes amuses himself with a game he calls “Opposite.” Whenever he is struck by the fancy to play this game, he announces to my wife and me that all that he says during the next several minutes will be the opposite of what he really means. “Mommy...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Of sunroofs & motor scooters”

My column for the June 27th, 2007, issue of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review was inspired by a trip to Paris. You can read my column beneath the fold. Of sunroofs & motor scooters PARIS Like many people who visit this city, I’m spellbound by it. Paris is gorgeous, sensuous, inspiring and full of history. On the bus ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the hotel at Montparnasse, in the heart of Paris, I looked out on the cars passing just below me. After a few minutes I noticed that...

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