Entries by Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

Lessons from Weimar Germany for the Portland Extremists

Immediately following the conclusion of the First World War and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was thrust into a state of economic, political, and social disarray. The infantile German state, which had recently been established in 1871, struggled to maintain its reputation as a global superpower. Kaiser Wilhelm II chose to abdicate […]

Schools Are Outdated. It’s Time For Reform

The public education system we currently know has been around for more than 150 years. However, the basic schooling model remains the same. Roughly 20 to 30 kids of the same age are stuffed into a classroom and taught by one teacher. Even though the curricula have developed, the essence has stayed the same. Children […]

7 Reasons to Oppose Red Flag Guns Laws

The Associated Press reports Congress is seriously considering red flag gun laws. These laws, also called “extreme risk protection orders,” allow courts to issue orders allowing law enforcement to seize firearms from people who’ve committed no crime but are believed to be a danger to themselves or others. President Trump has signaled his backing of bipartisan Senate […]

WARNING: Thanos is Still Alive… And Everywhere.

When we last talked about Thanos, we focused on the nature of resources, the value of humanity, and the history of failed overpopulation doomsday proclamations. This time, we’re following up on some of those themes with a deeper discussion of environmentalism and the role wealth creation plays in generating better standards of living for both […]

VIDEO: Why Is California Such a Mess?

The glamour and sophistication often associated with California stands in startling difference to its reality. The Golden State, home to some of the wealthiest people in the US, is also home to a disproportionate number of people who are living in poverty.  Check out FEE’s newest Out of Frame video, “Thanos is Still Alive… […]

There Is No Way to “Cancel” Student Loan Debt

We must confront the reality that “cancellation” of student loan debt may successfully serve a political campaign promise, but it fails as serious policy. America’s polarized political system is ripe for radical ideas. Democratic political systems are based on the notion that politicians must find ways to appeal to voters. As the demographics of a […]

Google Is Burying Alternative Health Sites to Protect People from ‘Dangerous’ Medical Advice

For their unorthodox views, some physicians are being treated as medical heretics. Google’s search engine algorithm has essentially ended traffic to their websites. In Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, firemen don’t put out fires; they create fires to burn books. The totalitarians claim noble goals for book burning. They want to spare citizens unhappiness […]

Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot Is a Welcome Social Media Option. Will It Work?

Why Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot may become a refuge for dissenters. Last month, the controversial psychologist and popular public speaker Jordan Peterson announced that he is creating a new social media site. Billed as an “anti-censorship” platform, “Thinkspot” would allow users to post virtually whatever they want. “Once you’re on our platform we won’t take you down […]

41 Inconvenient Truths on the “New Energy Economy”

Bill Gates has said that when it comes to understanding energy realities “we need to bring math to the problem.” He’s right. A week doesn’t pass without a mayor, governor, policymaker or pundit joining the rush to demand, or predict, an energy future that is entirely based on wind/solar and batteries, freed from the “burden” […]

Life Before the Income Tax: What learnings can we derive from the British and American experience with the income tax?

If someone from the 17th century came back to life, he or she would be surprised, most of all, by the means of transport and communication tools we use now. Probably, the most familiar things would be hospitals and schools. Personally, I think that there is something that would very surprise a person from those […]

Cuba Implements Food Rationing as Its Economy Enters Crisis Mode

While it is fashionable to talk about Venezuela and its notorious shortage of basic goods such as toilet paper, flour, and milk, Cuba is now implementing a rationing program to combat its very own shortages of basic goods. A CBC report indicates this program would cover basic items such as chicken, eggs, rice, beans, and soap. What has caused these […]

VIDEO: California Town Sees Businesses Vanish Following Minimum Wage Hike

A couple of years ago, I praised federalism in part because state and local governments would be less likely to adopt bad policy (such as higher minimum wages) if they understood that jobs and investment could simply migrate to jurisdictions that didn’t adopt bad policy. But “less likely” isn’t the same as “never.” Some state and local politicians can’t […]

100 Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids

This is my 100th article at FEE.org, so here are 100 reasons to homeschool your kids! Homeschoolers perform well academically. Your kids may be happier. Issues like ADHD might disappear or become less problematic. It doesn’t matter if they fidget. YOU may be happier! All that time spent on your kids’ homework can now be used more productively for family learning and living. […]

6 Facts Obama Got Wrong about Guns While Speaking in Brazil

I have a confession. I miss Obama. On the issue of guns, at least. He was so wrong, yet so ineffective, that it was almost funny. Heck, it was funny. Fortunately, he’s decided to make an encore performance. So there’s a new opportunity to puncture his pious pronouncements. Six Falsehoods About Gun Laws Writing for the Federalist, Ryan Cleckner debunks Obama’s […]