Sheldon Richman

With Russia and the United States confronting each other over Ukraine, the world is at a dangerous juncture.

Saturday, 25 January 2014 19:20

The Surveillance State Lives

President Obama has some nerve. He opened his speech on NSA spying by likening his surveillance regime to Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty. How insulting! They were helping people resist government tyranny, and the British spied on them to put down the coming rebellion.

Last weekend’s hostage-taking — and the murder of at least 62 people — at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has its roots in the U.S. government’s intervention in Somalia, which began in the 1990s.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:43

U.S. Has No Moral Standing to Condemn Assad

Whether or not Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, President Obama has no legitimate grounds to intervene.

Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:20

Delete the Fed

Who should run the Federal Reserve System when chairman Ben Bernanke’s term expires next year?

No one.

Two recent law-enforcement decisions illustrate yet again that when government sets out to solve a problem it created, things get much worse. 

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 07:45

How to Help Fast-Food Workers

Doubling the minimum wage may seem like a good way to help fast-food workers, but it would hurt them instead. So what should we do? We must sweep away the government-created barriers to income earning, barriers that protect established businesses from competition and rob the most vulnerable people of options.

Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:20

The Economics Lesson Obama Needs to Learn

President Obama is again turning his attention to the elusive economic recovery. His “pivot” will be for naught, however, as long as he continues to ignore two important points: first, government is a major squanderer of scarce resources, and second, its regulations are impediments to saving and investment.

From the beginning, people who would ban all private guns if they could have used the George Zimmerman case to push their agenda.

If the media spent half the time investigating Obama’s Big Brother operations that they spend sneering at Snowden and Greenwald, Americans might demand that the government stop spying on them.

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