Veronique de Rugy, Ph.D., is a contributing editor at Reason. She is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
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The biggest beneficiaries of economic growth are poor people. But the deepest case for economic growth is a moral one.
With government meddling, many farmers end up doing less with more, and people end up paying more for less.
If the midterms favor Republicans, their top priority needs to be the fight against inflation—whether or not they feel like they created the problem.
From immigration to drug reform, there is plenty of potential for productive compromise.
Businesses are all in favor of competition, tax cuts, and deregulation only until they aren't—meaning only until subsidies might benefit them.
Democrats pander to immigrants but do little to liberalize the system. Meanwhile, Republicans' hostility to immigrants has increased.
This fiscal irresponsibility throws gasoline on the country's already raging inflation fire.
Government should not penalize investment, thwart competition, discourage innovation and work, or obstruct production.
From student debt cancellation to green subsidies, the White House is giving handouts paid for by hardworking lower-wage Americans.
From cronyist subsidies to an unfair tax code, there are several key fixes Congress could make to better serve the public.
Many conservatives no longer appear to care much for fiscal conservatism.
More airline workers and more flights—not bailouts and restrictions on mergers—is the better policy.
If you believe that moving most of our chip production onshore is good for national security, you should labor for regulatory reforms rather than subsidies.
Government often proves to be biased against large, successful companies that legislators don't understand well but customers love.
Democrats Are Trying To Push Through Another 'Build Back Better' Bill. It Would Only Make Inflation Worse.
Here's hoping we don't wind up with more of the spending and favoritism that's become so common.
The president's argument is amazing for its tone-deafness, inconsistent thinking, and sheer economic ignorance.
There is seldom any meaningful accountability for government incompetence.
Protectionist policies stymie trade and make Americans poorer.
The state has 1,288 independent special districts. But we aren't hearing significant GOP complaints about anyone's but Disney's.
France's Authoritarian Establishment Faces Off Against the Even Uglier Authoritarianism of the Far Right
French President Emmanuel Macron is authoritarian-light. Candidate Marine Le Pen is worse.
Wealth isn't held the way many believe it is.
Certain politicians would do well to learn that inflation is not caused by corporate "greed."
Once again, Washington is giving us every reason to believe it's selling favors to cronies even if it means everyone else loses.
We must face the reality that the debt does matter.
From the CDC to the FDA, there are too many missteps to list.
We were told it would be "transitory." But inflation continued to rise.
The idea would benefit central planners and grow the ranks of bureaucrats while making the poor even poorer.
Those who demand a revival of antitrust regulation to "promote competition" may not realize that they're inciting a revival of cronyism to suppress competition.
Boeing may love an additional handout, but such subsidies will be a net negative for the country's economy as a whole.
Using "we" implies a collective responsibility, creates the false impression that most people are on board, and hints that we'll share equally in the benefits.
For decades, libertarians have focused on illiberalism coming from the political left. But authoritarianism has taken root among many conservatives across the world.