Category Archives: Cross Post

Donald J. Boudreaux: Is Trump’s Ultimate Goal Global Free Trade?

The economic case against protectionism is practically invincible. While theoretical curiosities can be described in which an import tariff (or an export subsidy) yields to the people of the home country net economic gains, the conditions that must prevail for … Continue reading

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George Gilder: The Huawei Test

“Don’t solve problems.” So advised the late patriarch of management theory Peter Drucker. What could Drucker have meant? Problem-solving is the chief preoccupation and agenda of nearly all business managers and their companies. But when you “solve problems,” as Huawei’s … Continue reading

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Zeev Vinokurov: The ‘lawyer X case’ shows how drug laws undermine the justice system

An outrageous injustice is currently being investigated before a Royal Commission in Melbourne – the case of Lawyer X, now revealed as Nicola Gobbo, who represented many of the most infamous figures in the city’s gangland wars of the nineties … Continue reading

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Peter Swan AO: David Murray exposes decay of corporate board box-tickers

David Murray has had a distinguished record as CEO of the Commonwealth Bank from 1992 to 2005. He headed the recent inquiry into the Australian Financial System. He has now been handed a poisoned chalice in the form of the … Continue reading

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Iain Murray: The Platform Economy Can Change the World

Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute launches its new video about the platform economy. Platforms are an ancient way of doing business—think of matchmakers, city fairs, and town markets—that bring together two or more parties to make economic transactions. Today, digital … Continue reading

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Tim Worstall: Automation Isn’t Nearly as Disruptive as You Might Think

Another day, another bloodcurdling report about how robots are going to steal all our jobs and smash all that is holy about the dignity of work. This time it’s from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and they tell us that by the 2040s some 30 percent … Continue reading

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Donald J. Boudreaux: Earning Billions Impoverishes Nobody—Quite the Opposite

The Quotation of the Day is from page 4 of Alan Reynolds’s excellent 2006 book, Income and Wealth (original emphasis): The two young founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, quickly made something like $12 billion each by greatly facilitating our … Continue reading

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Terry Barnes: The Big Public Health donkeys

Public health Pooh-Bah bullies are at it again. With the Victorian and federal elections heaving into sight, this week a coalition of twenty-four public health and medical organisations, including the Cancer Council Victoria and the Australian Medical Associations, issued a … Continue reading

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Gene Tunny: The Andrew Leigh-Sinclair Davidson company tax debate

In March, there was extensive media coverage (e.g. in the Guardian Australia) of shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh’s company tax research which found companies paying lower effective company tax rates (i.e. actual tax paid/profits) did not create more jobs than those … Continue reading

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James Devereaux: Central Planning Doesn’t Work Internationally, Either

It is baffling how some who defend freedom and free markets domestically are willing to abandon those assumptions when considering the border and beyond. Our immigration, foreign policy, and international relation policies often endorse a command and control framework and … Continue reading

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