Entries by Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

More People Use a Gun in Self-Defense Each Year Than Die in Car Accidents

In the USA there are between 2.1 and 2.5 million defensive gun uses every year. by Mark W. Smith How is it that so many kids raised on “Harry Potter”, “The Hunger Games”, “Star Wars”, and all the Marvel action figure movies manage to miss a critical point of the stories? The lesson being: If you want […]

The Western World’s Most Depressing Chart

 Western nations are abandoning the policies that made them prosperous. by Daniel J. Mitchell Last week, I shared a graph showing there are more guns than people in the United States, and I wrote that it was the “most enjoyable” chart of the year, mostly because it gets my leftist friends so agitated. But I’m more likely to […]

VIDEO: The Shady Reality of California’s Solar Policy

A new policy passed down from the California State Energy Commission says every new home must be built with solar panels. California already has twice the cost of living compared with other states, and this new policy is going to make housing even more expensive. At these prices there better be gold in those hills! […]

Seven Social Security Myths

Social Security policy and politics are treacherous enough even when everyone agrees to respect the facts. If we are to see Social Security through to financial safety, we can no longer afford to indulge these seven myths. by Charles Blahous Among public policy issues, Social Security is especially beset by myths and urban legends.  These myths […]

The United Nations Report on American Poverty Is Just Plain Wrong

The UN insists that the US is mired in poverty, but their report is full of deception and bad data. by Daniel J. Mitchell When writing about the statist agenda of international bureaucracies, I generally focus my attention on the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Today, let’s give some attention to the United […]

Socialism is Not Built on Compassion. It’s Built on Dehumanizing Others.

How is it possible to insist that the next socialist regime will be different? by Barry Brownstein Some claim capitalism dehumanizes individuals. Others claim Horatio Alger stories are a myth, believing individuals have little social or economic mobility under capitalism and cannot rise above the circumstances into which they are born. If you believe capitalism does a worse job […]

It’s Time to Privatize the United States Postal Service

 “The country would be wise to let the market take a shot at cleaning up government waste.” – Brittany Hunter” Last week, the Trump administration unveiled a proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service (USPS). The plan comes as part of a broader initiative to trim and reorganize the federal government. And given its track record of […]

What We Can Learn About Welfare Reform from Europe

Some European countries have made big changes to their welfare systems that are getting more people back to work. by Daniel J. Mitchell America has a major dependency problem. In recent decades, there’s been a significant increase in the number of working-age adults relying on handouts. This is bad news for poor people and bad news for taxpayers. But it’s also […]

Government Is the Greatest Purveyor of Inequality

The government itself is inequality. by Thomas J. Eckert With June being celebrated as Gay Pride month, every year around this time we seem to experience an increase in conversations and media attention regarding the fight against inequality. Across the country, massive celebrations are held, often meant to highlight the differences human beings can have with one another […]

Who Was the Biggest Mass Murderer in History?

At least 45 million were starved, shot, tortured, and worked to death. by Ilya Somin Who was the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world? Most people probably assume that the answer is Adolf Hitler, architect of the Holocaust. Others might guess Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who may indeed have managed to kill even […]

Nazism and Communism Are Two Sides of the Collectivist Coin

Big government is coercive government, regardless of what label is applied. by Daniel J. Mitchell In 2016, I toured the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia, which memorializes the victims of communist butchery in that nation. Earlier today, I was lucky enough to get a tour through the House of Terror, a museum in Budapest that commemorates the horrors that Hungary endured during both […]

Why Kanye Is Hated for Refusing to Hate

Like the Gerasenes, the Rap-Pop-Fashion-Fame Media Land reacted in terror and outrage when Kanye loved their untouchable demoniac in Trump. by David Gornoski “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.” – Kanye West Forget petty politics for a moment. Kanye West’s recent statement on Twitter defending his […]

More Pay for Unionized Teachers Is the Wrong Solution to the Wrong Problem

The real issue at hand is why more and more money never produces better outcomes. by Daniel J. Mitchell Education spending and teacher pay have become big issues in certain states. Unfortunately, not for the right reason. In an ideal world, taxpayers would be demanding systemic reform because government schools are getting record amounts of money (higher than […]

The Downside of Regulating Facebook

The end result would likely be a shift to a fee-based system, where users would have to pay to use Facebook and other platforms.  by James L. Gattuso In congressional testimony last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would support regulation of his own company. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Kennedy, R-La., have now […]