Entries by Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

Joseph Goebbels’ Own Words Show He Loved Socialism and Saw It as ‘the Future’

Socialists will continue to argue that Nazism was not “real” socialism, but the Nazi propaganda despised capitalism and spoke like Karl Marx. One of the comforts of growing older is knowing that some things will never change. Sports fans will always argue over the designated hitter rule and over who was the best heavyweight boxer […]

The Opponents of Free Speech Are Gaining Ground. Here’s How We Can Fight Back

When we break down the core institution of free speech, we lose a lot of what made America so successful in the first place. Free speech used to be held up as one of the core American institutions. It was enshrined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights for a reason: while other […]

Why the Greatest Refutation of the 1619 Project May Come from a French Liberal

In ‘Democracy in America,’ Alexis de Tocqueville explained how the “principle ideas” of New England foundation served as the foundation of social theory in the United States. Perhaps, we as 21st-century Americans should adopt some humility surrounding our own abilities to interpret and understand the motivations and events encompassing the founding and early years of […]

Congress’s 4,155-Page Omnibus Bill Is a Symbol of American Decadence

An eight-ream bill is no sign of legislative nobility. On December 20th a handful of Republican senators shuffled before an audience of reporters prepared to issue fiery polemics on the year-end omnibus bill which sat, heavy and ponderous in all its eight-ream absurdity on a wheeled cart before the five-senator assemblage. “DANGER: $1.7 trillion of hazardous […]

Why Heroes Matter—And Now More Than Ever

You can find heroes of character in every country’s history, but at times it seems that we’ve forgotten more of them than we’re producing.  All over the world, conflict seems on the rise. Sometimes it shows up in armed violence. More frequently, it manifests itself in character assassination, cancel culture, and class warfare. We spend […]

The Cult of the National Health Service

How the tribalistic mentality around Britain’s healthcare has led to everyone worse off. A month ago The Guardian ran a story exposing the fact that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak received private healthcare. Sunak faced online backlash for resorting to the market instead of relying on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). To an outsider, it may […]

Why Banning Gas Stoves Is Not a Serious Way to Fight Climate Change

In July, in an effort to combat global warming, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the United States to prohibit natural gas in new buildings, including residential homes. “We need to tackle climate change every way that we can,” said Berkeley City Councilwoman Kate Harrison, who led the effort. Other cities, including Sacramento, Los Angeles, and […]

The Most Important Scene in Sin City Reveals a Dark Truth about Violence and Power

The late Powers Boothe only has a small role in Sin City, but it’s an important one. Being sick is never fun. But when I was struck by a virus a few weeks ago, I took the opportunity to watch one of the great pulp action movies of the 2000s: Sin City. The film adaptation of […]

14 Signs of Totalitarianism

Some of these techniques are playing out before our eyes. We all know the cons of Twitter, but one of the pros is discovering new and interesting people. One of my favorite new follows is Benjamin Carlson, a public relations guru and former editor at The Atlantic. Carlson’s tweets are among the best you’ll find on Twitter, […]

Young Montana Entrepreneur Is Being Legally Barred from Hauling Trash Because Established Players Don’t Want the Competition

If it sounds crazy that established players get a say on who is allowed to compete with them, well, it should. When Parker Noland launched his trash-hauling business at age 20 in the summer of 2021, he was excited about the opportunities that lay before him. After taking out a loan from a local bank, […]

Six Ways Socialism is Anti-Social

If it’s voluntary, it’s not socialism. It’s that simple. Here’s a question for a PhD dissertation: How did something so radically anti-social ever get the name, social-ism? I leave that vexing matter to whoever wants to write it up. Meantime, I can assist the project by offering some of the reasons why socialism is a self-evidently anti-social contrivance. First, […]

The Three Traits of Tyranny

According to John Locke and the American Founders The American founders who drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence grounded their case for separating from Great Britain on a philosophy of government derived from the writings of John Locke: especially from Lockean notions of legitimate government vs. illegitimate government, i.e. tyranny. In his Two Treatises of […]

Don’t Confuse Trusting the Experts with Knowing the Facts

If someone were to ask you how you know Australia exists, what would you say? If you haven’t been there yourself, it can be a surprisingly difficult question to answer. You might point to your grade school geography teacher who first told you about the country. “I know it exists because my teacher told me […]

Did Maskless Fans at the World Cup Trigger the Mass Demonstrations in China?

The Covid state is a powerful example of why authoritarian regimes can’t tolerate free speech. Protests erupted across China in recent days as demonstrators have taken to the streets in what is being described as the largest mass protest in the nation since Tiananmen Square. From Shanghai to Beijing to college universities across the country, Chinese demonstrators […]

Why Sam Bankman-Fried Sounded so Much Like a Rand Villain

Sam Bankman-Fried, unlike James Taggart, is not an idiot. He knew his altruism was phony. The financial collapse of the crypto exchange FTX was brutal and swift. Almost overnight, its CEO Sam Bankman-Fried saw his $16 billion fortune wiped out. SBF, as he’s popularly known, managed to fool almost the entire world—though not quite everyone. In […]