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Recent posts and articles from IGEG fellows, advisers, experts and scholars.

When the Bureaucracy Goes Too Far

Zurich What do the Paris riots, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the dusky gopher frog and Peter Wallison’s new book “Judicial Fortitude” all have in common? They are all signs that the peasants have had it with the bureaucratic state and the smug elitists who...

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Too Little Progress against Death and Taxes

Want to live longer? Your odds improve if you are a rich, well-educated Asian or European woman accountant who engages in moderate exercise. If you are an overweight retired professional football player, your odds of having a shorter than average lifespan are high....

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The Democracy Myth

  Would you prefer to live in a country that has a high degree of individual liberty but is not a democracy, or live in a democracy where individual liberties are curtailed? A major reason for the Brexit move by the U.K. was the feeling among many British that they...

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The Dumb Courtship of Amazon

Would you vote for a politician who promised to both increase traffic congestion and increase your taxes — and yes, I wrote “increase.” For those of us who live in Northern Virginia that is precisely what happened last week, when our state and local government...

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How ‘Death Lobbies’ Flourish

The two biggest causes of death in the 20th century were smallpox and democide. As bizarre as it may seem, there are growing numbers of people who are lobbying to bring back policies that caused so much human misery. Smallpox was finally eradicated in 1980, but not...

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Who Rules You?

All of us are subject to many thousands of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, many of which are needlessly oppressive. Who makes these rules, and who enforces them? And at what point are there so many rules that we are no longer free? James Madison, the...

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The Rise and Fall of Nations

Las Palmas, Canary Islands This small group of volcanic islands off the African coast is one of the more interesting places on Earth with almost ideal temperatures. The name comes from the Latin, meaning islands of the dogs, not the birds. The Spanish gained control...

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Why Care about Economic Freedom

Montreal, Canada Good news — the United States is becoming a bit more economically free. The “Economic Freedom of the World 2018 Annual Report,” published by the Fraser Institute of Vancouver, Canada, and co-operating think tanks around the world, is released today....

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Property Rights and Pricing

Many problems exist because the activity is mispriced and/or the key decision makers lack the proper incentives. Argentina is going through another financial crisis which occurs almost like clockwork every few years. The country spends more than it receives in taxes;...

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