Entries by Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

American Unions Have Turned into Roach Motels by Diana Furchtgott-Roth

This is National Employee Freedom Week, organized by the Nevada Policy Research Institute and the Association of American Educators, to support workers’ choice to leave their unions. The National Labor Relations Board has made it easier for workers to join unions. But if you want to leave, that’s a different story. By the Rules It’s […]

Make Babies, and Don’t Let the Greens Guilt Trip You about It by Steven Horowitz

Several years back, the economist Bryan Caplan wrote a wonderful book called Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids. Caplan argued that most parents underestimated the benefits of larger families and were engaging in costly parenting strategies that yielded few real benefits. Thus, he said, if you love kids, you should have lots of them. From […]

The Regulatory Is Growing Faster than the Real Economy by James L. Gattuso

Want to work in a field that has more than quadrupled in size since 1960? Consider being a regulator for the federal government. Even during the last recession, the regulatory agencies were hiring. In 2015, the U.S. government employed more than 277,000 regulators. To put that number in perspective, it’s 50,000 more workers than General […]

Black Families in Georgia Are Rejecting Public School by Annie Holmquist

During the 1950s and 60s, America’s black families fought a difficult battle to integrate the public schools, hoping to give their children a better education. Because of this hard-won victory, many black parents have been strong supporters of public schools in the subsequent decades. But that support may be changing. According to a recent article […]

Socialists Are Scarcity Deniers by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Amnesty International has finally had enough of the goings-on in Venezuela. With a population starving, the government issued a forced-labor edict. Amnesty said: “Trying to tackle Venezuela’s severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid.” Actually it’s more like fixing a […]

Can We Chill on Denouncing the Rich? by Doug Thorburn

The mother lode of higher wages and higher standards of living is capital. Consider: what’s a trucker worth without a truck? Let the question (and your intuitive response to self) sink in for a bit, while we ask similar questions of others. What’s a gaffer worth without the lights? What’s a ballplayer worth without TV? […]

What Real Feminists Meant by ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ by Jeffrey Tucker

The phrase “equal pay for equal work” is in play again, with an intended meaning we all know. The idea is that government should force (really force, this time) private employers to boost the pay of women to match the rate of men in the same positions. Almost every state had laws that specifically limited […]

Black Lives Matter Demands have Virtually Nothing to do with the Police by Daniel Bier

On August 1, the “Movement for Black Lives” (an umbrella organization for about 50 groups associated with the Black Lives Matter movement) released a list of demands going into the general election campaign. The New York Times reports, The list of six platform demands is aimed at furthering their goals as the presidential campaign heads into the homestretch. […]

Good News, Elizabeth Warren: Women Already Have Equal Pay by Diana Furchtgott-Roth

At the Democratic Convention, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker lamented that American women do not earn “equal pay for equal work.” A Hillary Clinton administration, they promised, would right this wrong. The latest U.S. Department of Labor data show that women working full-time make 81 percent of full-time men’s wages. But this figure is both […]

The Tax Army Is Three Times Larger than the U.S. Army by Donald J. Boudreaux

The Office of Management and Budget has released new data on the amount of time Americans spend complying with the federal tax code. Tax Foundation summarizes the data here. Individuals and businesses spend 8.9 billion hours a year on federal tax paperwork, which is equivalent to 4.3 million people working full-time and year-round on this unproductive […]

The TSA Descends from Incompetence to Inhumanity by Becky Akers

As Americans celebrated their freedom this Fourth of July, headlines graphically proved how diminished that liberty is. Hannah Cohen, 18 years old and severely disabled from a brain tumor, sued the TSA and local cops for beating her bloody. Hannah’s “crime”? She had neither understood nor complied with their orders when trying to board a […]

The US Postal Service Is a Ridiculous Relic by Daniel J. Mitchell

I don’t mind being polemical on occasion, but I generally don’t accuse my opponents of being “socialists.” American leftists generally focus on redistribution and regulatory intervention, and socialism technically means that the government directly owns, operates, and controls various sectors of the economy (think, for example, of the difference between Obamacare and the U.K.’s system, where doctors are public employees […]

Venezuela Has Made It Impossible to Run a Business by Rachel Cunliffe

Businesses in Venezuela have a problem. Actually, almost everyone in Venezuela has a great many problems. Starvation, for example. Shortages of basic goods. Dysfunctional and understaffed hospitals, which lack medications. A corrupt and increasingly militarised government determined to protect the incumbent president, Nicolás Maduro, at all costs. Shortages, inflation, and protectionism cripple the economy.But businesses, especially […]