Is There a Better Way to Subsidize Private Health Insurance?
We could have market-based risk adjustment, rather than bureaucratic risk adjustment.
Economic Recovery Requires the Government to Stop What Its Doing
The federal government should stop passing relief bills because more spending would likely harm our economic recovery more than help it.
Federal Regulations Explode During Coronavirus Pandemic
The Trump administration has often trumpeted its effectiveness in reducing the number of regulations that U.S....
Coronavirus Crises: Everything to Fear from Fear Itself
The coronavirus has spawned crises on three fronts—medical, financial, and economic—and the tide in each turns...
Lessons Learned from Our COVID-19 Response
Our original response was heavy-handed, but the dangerous nature and quick spread of COVID-19 required a strong response.
How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Faster
Collaboration has brought us pathbreaking vaccine development before.
The Great College Depression Begins: Three Ohio Tales
These schools are getting clobbered financially. Enrollments have been falling for years, so the schools were already in tenuous financial shape before Covid-19.
Removing Regulations in Response to COVID-19
In many ways, the state and federal response involved turning to the private sector and to deregulation. The public, predictably, benefited.
U.S. Aircraft Carriers Exercising in the South China Sea Could Spell Danger
This president clearly plans to demonize China to score points with his electoral base and foreign policy hawks.
The “Prominent Hole” in CDC Epidemic Intelligence
Federal government briefings on the current pandemic have failed to feature anyone openly identified with the...
The Rich Say: Tax Us More to Fight COVID-19
More than 80 wealthy individuals are petitioning for higher taxes on the rich to help pay...
California Legislators Violate Our Constitutional Rights
The U.S. Department of Justice has declared that the Constitution contains no pandemic exception.
Don’t Trust Government to Distribute Covid-19 Drugs
As new Covid-19 cases continue across the U.S., many states are preparing for a potential second...
The Complicated Ethics of Price Gouging
The question of what makes a price fair has been debated by moral philosophers ever since the time of the ancient Greeks.
Online Learning Hiccups Lead to Civil Liberty Threats
Now is the opportune time to reconsider the government requirement for the Orwellian monitoring of school-issued devices such as Chromebooks.
The Revolutionary Creativity of American Independence
The American war for independence from the United Kingdom was instigated by a coalition of free peoples who asserted the sovereignty of their human rights.
Harvard, Yale and Princeton Embarrass, but Cornell Shines
Cornell will track and isolate Covid-19 cases and take other measures to insure safety.
President Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Vaccine Project Might Crash Into Perverse Incentives
This May, President Trump unveiled Operation Warp Speed, a partnership between federal regulatory agencies and private...
IRS Sent $1.4 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Money to Dead People
Proving once again that federal bureaucrats who do little other than spend trillions of dollars are...
Why We Werent Ready for Covid-19
Over the past several decades, most developed countries have reformed their social insurance systems in major ways. Reform in this country is long overdue.
Will More Unemployment Increase Fall College Enrollments?
The ultimate loss of hundreds of institutions seems possible.
The Decline of the American University
American universities have become too arrogant, bloated with expensive non-academic apparatchiks, and too far out of the mainstream of American life.
Closing Schools Was a Grievous Error
What everyone needs to realize is that for students under 16 years of age schools never should have been closed.
Five Steps for Taming the Federal Spending Beast
The runaway federal spending that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic will force a reckoning in the...
Uruguay’s Freer Approach Has Severely Limited the Pandemic While Protecting the Economy
We are not talking enough about Uruguay. That small South American country boasts impressive results in...
Are Special Interests Undermining the Quest for a Covid-19 Vaccine?
At the time of peak lockdown, nearly 94 percent of the U.S. population was placed under...
Coronavirus Lockdowns to Cause Earlier Insolvency of Failing Public Employee Pensions
The pensions of public employees, the people who work for state or local governments, are in...
Is a Law School Meltdown Coming?
Law schools have enormous fixed costs and are mostly exceedingly tuition-dependent.
Liberal Mayors, Racial Politics, and Fake News
Of those 40,000 deaths, surely a considerable number of African-American...This could be an issue for Black Lives Matter, but somehow it isnt.
“Recession-Proofing” Your Small Business
Recession-proofed business models mitigate the typical risks of running a small business and the risk of a black swan event shutting it down.
Coronavirus Is Quickly Draining Social Security
The 2020 Social Security Trustees’ Report is out, and it is not good news. According to...
Are Gov. Newsom’s Contact Tracers the Best for the Job?
The current pandemic has turned up a need for “contact tracing,” the process of finding those...
Media Up In Arms Over Twitter, Remains Silent on EARN IT Act’s Threat
The media is up in arms over Trump’s threat to sign an executive order removing the...
Why the Shutdown in America Must End
It seems that these centrally planned shutdowns never made sense given the costs, and may not even be effective. They certainly aren’t justifiable now.
CoronaCrisis and Leviathan: Big Brother Comes to Your Town (and iPhone)
Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois is proposing the Orwellian (and improperly capitalized) COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And...
Coronavirus Corruption: Bad Incentives and Politics as Usual
Rebeckah Jones worked for the Florida Department of Health’s Geographic Information team. One of her greatest...
How to Fix a Perverse Coronavirus Incentive and Get More Americans Back to Work
If you were laid off from your job, and you could collect more from unemployment benefits...
After the Government-Engineered Recession, How Soon Will the Economy Return to Normal?
The arrival of COVID-19 has brought with it an unprecedented and uncertain situation in many ways....
Keep Government Out of Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine
In late March, California became the first state to issue mandatory “shelter in place” orders. By...
An Old Man Like Me Should Be Made More Vulnerable to Death by COVID-19
I am 82-plus years old, with two heart defects, making me exceptionally vulnerable to death should...
Pandemics Are Not Recessions, And Pessimism Isn’t Logic
I thank Dr. Edwin G. Dolan for taking the time to critique my recent Independent Institute...
COVID-19 Brings Out the Best in American Entrepreneurs
At the least, the current crisis hasn’t ground America to a halt. At best, the crisis is inspiring entrepreneurs to meet new needs.
More Executive Orders Will Not Fix Healthcare
Draconian measures to “flatten the curve” were implemented to prevent the healthcare sector from becoming overwhelmed...
Is a Coronavirus Fall Classic in Store for America?
As of May 20, Australia has 7,079 coronavirus cases, with 6,444 recoveries and 100 deaths from...
COVID-19 Policies Place Liberty in Peril
The economic costs associated with the pandemic are not the result of the virus but of government policies in response to the virus.
CHiPs Are Down in California, and Federal Judge Is Down With It
From 1977 to 1983 on the television crime drama series “CHiPs,” Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox...
The Smart Ones in the Time of Pandemic
Although it is still early days to reach definitive conclusions about many aspects of the coronavirus...
COVID-19 Policy: Yet Another Intergenerational Transfer
There is still a lot we don’t know about the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing we...
Tesla Restart Defies Lockdown, Stares Down County Officials, and Gives Workers Hope
Entrepreneur Elon Musk is the last manufacturer of automobiles in the state of California, and motorists...
Colleges on Life Support Face Three Choices: Death, Merge or Survive
Covid-19 is accelerating a previously slow reduction in the number of American schools offering bachelors degrees.
“I don’t think you are the one person who gets to make a decision. We can...
Fed Chief Jerome Powell Tells Uncle Sam To Spend More
In the last two months, the U.S. Federal Reserve has underwritten every single dollar borrowed by...
Tom Cotton Leads Way to Confrontation with China
Cotton, like Emanuel, is not bashful about taking advantage of a crisis to expand government.
Parents Who Home-School Are a Danger to Their Kids? Thats What These Academics Think
The data show that home-schooling parents are getting results that make government schools seem inadequate.
Federal Rules Holding Up Lab-Developed COVID-19 Tests
Legislation introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would unshackle laboratories and provide clear rules to give Americans access to reliable testing products.
Challenging Anthony Fauci
I dont think you are the one person who gets to make a decision. said Sen. Rand Paul.
Bureaucratic Incompetence and the Coronavirus: New York Edition
Why have so many politicians and bureaucrats responded to the coronavirus pandemic by shutting down so...
Elon Musk Might Move Tesla From California
If Musk goes through with his threat to move Tesla, he will join a host of...
Pandemic Reading Tips: Part Deux
“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world,” wrote Albert Camus in...
Fraud, Survival, and Innovation: The Era of Financial Crisis and COVID-19
For-profit higher education has one big advantage over not-for-profit universities in periods of momentous change: it is inherently more adaptable.
Dont Stop Immigration, Expand Visas for Healthcare Workers
Although many realize that a disproportionate number of immigrants are low-skilled, they often dont realize that a disproportionately large number also are highly skilled.
Localities Must Take the Lead in Reopening America
Regardless of what certain mayors may suggest, there’s no perfect, one-size-fits-all approach to reopening state economies.
Six Ways to Keep American Universities Alive
I think 500-1000 institutions will be pushed into bankruptcy or face-saving mergers; many were already in trouble.
Past Crises Have Ratcheted Up Leviathan
Another emergency has sprung not so much from the disease itself as from the reactions of governments at all levels.
Where Is the Small Business Advocacy in Normal Times?
Many of the recently unemployed Americans worked for small businesses, which have been decimated by the economic shutdown.
California Gov. Newsom Numb to Workers Pain
While employers are not hiring, gig workers could shoulder the many tasks needed to flatten out the effects of the temporary emergency.
Key to COVID-19 Recovery: Deregulation
The Americans for Tax Reform calculates that 397 regulations have been waived in order to fight COVID-19. That count is probably way too low.
The Fed Becomes the U.S. Government’s Biggest Creditor
Do you remember life before the coronavirus epidemic? Like back in September 2019, when the Social...
California’s Legislators Commandeer Workers Comp in Coronavirus Fight
Down in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti is deploying informers against those who dare violate stay-at-home...
Government Restrictions Have Gone Too Far
The question about whether governments have been too restrictive, or not restrictive enough, in response to...
Bipartisan Proposals for Spending Cuts
Thanks to the coronavirus recession, the U.S. government is on track to borrow more money in...
Time to Listen to the Coronavirus Dissidents
When a country is financially sound it is in a better position to face a pandemic.
United States Needs Freedom, Not Fascism
Government can demand more ventilators during this health crisis, but it need not dictate who produces them.
Purdues Smart Approach to COVID-19: Planning for Fall
The proposed Purdue approach seems similar to what Sweden is doing now.
Health, Wealth, and Liberty in the COVID-19 Era
Americans in many states are protesting the government mandates that require people to “shelter in place,”...
Private Enterprise Continues to Flatten the Curve
A few weeks ago, I published an op-ed in The Hill entitled “Trust Private Enterprise to...
“It’s an obscure U.S. government bureau with many missions, including this vital one: hunting down viral...
Is It Time To Let State Governments Declare Bankruptcy?
After approving another multi-billion dollar coronavirus relief bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made big public...
Pandemic Reading Tips
When a new book comes out, C. S. Lewis reportedly said, be sure to read an...
Why the Current Unemployment Is Worse Than the Great Depression
Indeed, all of the job gains since the Great Recession have been wiped out in just a matter of weeks.
The Governors Coronavirus Stranglehold
People are eager to go back to work and are tired of having their freedoms curtailed.
This Pandemic Is Over. Lets Stop the Economic Suicide, and Get Back to Work
Lets stop pretending that our policies have been rational and need to be phased out, as if they once had a purpose.
Coronavirus: The Great Deregulator
Regulatory reform should be included in future COVID-related legislation.
Anthony Fauci: A Product of His Training
But vulnerable people infected with the coronavirus dont have one year. They need a drug now.
U.S. Should Fund Worthy Public Health Organizations, Not the WHO
Taxpayers and patients can do better than fund an organization that spends more on travel than...
Is Big-Time College Football Dying?
COVID-19 is clobbering college sports. Already, the loss of NCAA March Madness revenues cost schools hundreds of millions.
Governments Cant Plan Economys Reopening
How consumers and employees respond needs to be discovered through the entrepreneurial market process.
How COVID-19 Is Changing the Debate over Health Reform
A revolution is occurring in the way medical care is being delivered in the United States. It is happening almost overnight.
Stimulus 101: The U.S. Economy Depends on Large Corporations
Business skeptics may see the U.S. economy as a duality of competing interests—“haves” and “have-nots”—the economic reality is one of mutual dependence.
Trump and Right to Try
A constitutional argument can also be made in support of giving hydroxychloroquine to a COVID-19 sufferer.
Coronavirus Relief Blows Up the Federal Budget
The fiscal impact of the federal government's coronavirus relief measures is likely to be dramatic.
The Key Indicator for Reopening the Economy Is Hospital Capacity
Like many people, I’ve been following the various COVID-19 numbers with interest and have become aware...
Economic Prosperity or Pandemic Protection: Why Not Both?
United States government officials previously estimated the COVID-19 virus would infect between 70 million and 150...
No President Has “Total Power” over States’ Plans to Reopen
According to this article from Business Insider, “the governors of California, Washington, and Oregon said they...
Is the China-Friendly WHO Calling the Tune for CDC?
Back on February 25, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a conference call...
The Financial Virus Will Infect Our Politics
One does not need to be prescient to understand that the consequences of the U.S. government’s...
Easter Brings Pushback on Coronavirus Restrictions
As I mentioned in recent commentary for The American Spectator, the states (not the federal government)...
Tenure Is Dying
One thing is likely: higher education is in for severe belt-tightening. Enrollments are likely going to declinemaybe a little, possibly a lot.
A Growing Mountain of Debt
Long after the pandemic ends, the debt accrued from the government's response will still be with us.
The Economy Is Not a Series of Supply Chains
Instead of a collection of distinct supply chains, our modern economy is a single globe-spanning web of interconnectedness.
Did Americas Epidemic Intelligence Service Fail to Block the Arrival of Coronavirus in America?
Those now at risk may be unaware that an American government agency was tasked to prevent such epidemics from arriving on these shores.
How Do We Ration Health Care When We Really Have To Do It?
Because of the coronavirus, the term triage has a more urgent and lethal meaning.
The Grim Costs of Total Lockdowns
The losses borne in the economic realm could mean additional deaths will be suffered by the 330 million people who have survived the pandemic.
These Changes Could Mobilize Key Medical Personnel to Fight a Pandemic
The most obvious rules that would have to be waived are state licensing regulations.
Why Central Planning by Medical Experts Will Lead to Disaster
...some of the medical experts with media megaphones have put forward potentially catastrophic scenarios and drastic plans...
SF Government Officials Continue Clueless Homeless Practices During CoronaCrisis
Although I stand by my assertion in my previous post that “Death by coronavirus is not...
Self-help measures like avoiding crowded spaces make abundant sense, the massive public controls do not.
Cut Regulations and Get COVID-19 Drugs to Patients
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the U.S. healthcare system, many healthcare professionals are struggling...
Should Rich Homeowners Get Coronavirus Tax Write-offs?
Crises have a way of exposing who politicians think they really work for. The coronavirus epidemic...
Media Miss a Milestone for American Champion of Communist China
From her post on the Moscow News, Strong defended Stalins purge campaigns and show trials.
Why the Coronavirus Will Kill 500-1,000 Colleges
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, a large number of universities were in fair to poor financial shape.
Do the Media Hate Trump More Than They Hate the Virus?
The public needs the best information on the nature of the threat. Unfortunately, the New York Times seems more interested in attacking President Trump.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Yields to Political Pressure on COVID-19 Policy
Florida’s previous policy of giving discretion to local governments was more sensible.
Postal Service Could Learn a Thing or Two from Private Shippers’ Pandemic Response
Private shippers seem to have a better handle on keeping their workers and consumers safe from Coronavirus than the USPS.
Drug Is Safe and Sometimes Works, Let All COVID-19 Patients Take It
Is remdesivir helpful for COVID-19? Yes, at least for some coronavirus victims.
What Happens When Someone Dies While Health Care Workers Sit at Home, Prohibited from Working?
Californias destructive Assembly Bill 5, which restricts independent contractors, should be suspended immediately.
Richard Weaver, the Coronavirus, and the Strenuous Life
In Ideas Have Consequences (1948), Richard Weaver described comfort as the god of modern man. Even...
Make American Colleges Grade Again!
Grades below A- are a rarity at many schools, making it difficult for employers and others to distinguished between superb students and slackers.
Right-to-Try Laws Can Help Drugmakers Combat the Coronavirus
President Trump recently announced he is extending social distancing guidelines to April 30th. He initially hoped...
How California’s AB-5 Hinders Coronavirus Response
According to California’s Legislative Analyst, Assembly Bill 5, authored by San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, has...
Will the Second Amendment Survive Coronavirus?
The fear of societal breakdown stemming from the coronavirus has added to the demand for firearms across the country.
Time to Reopen the Campgrounds
Camping confers plenty of benefits that can actually help halt the spread of the coronavirus.
This National Doctors’ Day, Let’s Show Our Appreciation
Today is National Doctors’ Day, a day when patients can give thanks for the hard work and...
How Uncle Sam Will Spend $2.3 Trillion on Coronavirus Relief
Before the coronavirus pandemic and the response to it triggered an economic meltdown, the U.S. federal...
Why Is Unemployment Rising?
The obvious answer to the question in my title–that unemployment is rising because of the COVID-19...
Gov. Newsom Outsources Decision to Close Gun Stores
California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent out a list of “essential business” that should remain open during...
Defense Production Act, the Constitution, and the Voluntary Way
President Trump initially seemed uncertain whether he would use the Defense Production Act (“DPA”) in the...
This National Doctors’ Day, Let’s Show Our Appreciation
On National Doctors’ Day, policymakers can help doctors treat patients and keep the healthcare system working for everyone.
Coronavirus Is Creating a Civil Liberties Crisis
We shouldnt be cowed through fear-mongering into a sheep-like position before the government.
Waiting for Coronavirus
Great depression or the breakdown of the nations health service? Its not an easy choice,
How Would Free Market Health Care Respond to the Coronavirus?
Donald Trump is the first president in over a century who has understood that in health care, government is not the solution; it is the problem.
We Shouldn’t Need the Coronavirus to Appreciate Small Business
If there is a silver lining to the coronavirus, it’s that small business is finally getting the respect it deserves.
Trust Private Enterprise to Flatten the Curve
Not only did onerous regulations create a shortage of tests, but they also likely made the outbreak worse.
The emergency mentality created a one-man gubernatorial dictatorship in each state.
The Mask Madness of Big Government
As Newsweek reports, people are sewing their own face masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus....
FDA Should Expand Options for Coronavirus Patients
The FDA must roll back the red tape holding up care for millions of Americans.
To Battle Covid-19, Cut Regulation!
Nearly three weeks ago, the United States reported 230 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus and...
Coronavirus and National Healthcare Rationing
“Flattening the curve.” Those three words describe the motivation that many governments in Europe and several...
A New Great Depression for Higher Education?
COVID-19 will accelerate much needed creative destruction of some American universities,
How “Price Gouging” Can Help with the COVID-19 Crisis
If governments were to allow “price gouging”—it would actually help with the scarcity caused by COVID-19.
University of Arizona Students Say Finishing Courses Online Is “Expecting Too Much”
An online petition demanding that the University of Arizona end spring classes has garnered more than 8,800 signatures...
California Coronavirus Measures Impact the Justice System
As we noted, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 12 Executive Order N-25-20 “readies state to commandeer hotels...
Fighting Coronavirus by Breaking the Chains of Needless Regulation
The coronavirus pandemic is having a major effect on the operation of the U.S. government: It...
Response to Coronavirus Reflects Trumps Plan to Radically Reform Health Care
...going forward, public policy needs to address all the perverse incentives embedded in current law.
Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste
Remember the Golden Age of Laissez-Faire, the grand epoch brought to a tragic end by the...
Coronacrisis and Leviathan
In his magisterial Crisis and Leviathan, Robert Higgs shows that the growth of government in the twentieth century can...
Coronavirus and Our Resilient Federal System
Unfortunately, too many Americans expect or want a national response akin to that of Italy with its nationwide lockdown.
No $1,000 Handouts, End Payroll Taxes!
As a small business owner, I don’t need a $1,000 handout. This is a gimmick—let’s instead...
Does the Coronavirus Favor the Left or the Right?
The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is caught up in the ideological and cultural wars of...
Forgive Me if I Don’t Fall Right into Line with the New Fascism
As a San Francisco resident and business owner, I’m wondering—can I trust the health judgments of...
Favor Local Action to Combat the Coronavirus
Three months ago, the novel coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China. Now, it is considered a...
COVID-19 and Your Constitutional Rights
As federal, state, and local governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens are being quarantined, governments...
Fear: The Fuel of Government Power
Americans reacting in fear and panic fueled by non-stop media coverage are unfortunately once again calling...
COVID-19: Is It Academic Armageddon?
Schools on the margin fiscally might even be pushed into closing, a big and somewhat perverse dose of what the late Clayton Christensen called disruptive innovation.
Bear Market: Buying Opportunity?
It’s easy for stock market investors to be discouraged these days, with the market taking such...
Coronavirus and Leviathan: Is Gov. Newsom Exploiting a Crisis to Expand State Government Power?
Californians have cause to wonder how a state takeover of hospitals, medical facilities and property, would improve health efficiency.
Coronavirus Response from CDC Is an Omen for Single-Payer Healthcare Shortages for All
The spread of the coronavirus epidemic to the United States is giving all Americans a first-hand...
FDA Acknowledges Coronavirus Is Causing More Drug Shortages
The first outbreak of the coronavirus occurred in China nearly two months ago. The disease quickly...
What Will the Coronavirus Reveal About Our Healthcare System?
Scientists, doctors, and citizens everywhere are debating how concerned we should be about the outbreak of...
There’s a Wrong Way to React to a Drug Shortage—and a Right Way
Expanding bureaucratic control of the drug market which will only put us in a worse position in future crises.
Coping with the Coronavirus Requires Freeing Healthcare Providers
Coronavirus has the potential to expose the serious problems with the US healthcare system.