As soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that vaccinated individuals wear masks indoors in areas of “substantial or high” COVID-19 transmission, you knew the re-introduction of mask mandates in liberal cities was inevitable.

“Progressive” politicians like to “follow the science” put out by the government…

  1. President Biden and the Democrats in Congress have proposed gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, with the stated intention to raise the pay of low wage workers. Sounds like great news for the low-paid, doesn’t it?

An old saying from economist Thomas Sowell is…

A short evening walk is the only antidote many of us will have today against cabin fever. This statement is no begging bowl for pity. An ability to work from home in this febrile pandemic-riven economic environment is, of course, a blessing, not a curse. My privilege is checked. Workers…

British economist John Maynard Keynes once said that “[p}ractical men who believe themselves quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” It’s unclear whether Chinese tech billionaire Jack Ma is a Keynes discipline, or considers himself immune to economists’ musings. …

Why does Westeros in Game of Thrones suffer from prolonged economic stagnation?

This question has been asked before and might seem trivial. But it has application to contemporary debates among economic historians about what caused the great take-off in living standards starting with the industrial revolution.

Though innovation reared its…

The psychologist Professor Jordan Peterson is usually exceptionally careful with his definitions and language. So it is with trepidation that I challenge his commitment to “equality of opportunity” as a desirable goal.

Yet in an otherwise excellent and thought-provoking EconTalk podcast with Russ Roberts he repeated the assertion from his…

Ryan Bourne

Author, Economics In One Virus and R Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics at the Cato Institute

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