Charles Scaliger

There is now a growing movement in favor of convening a new constitutional convention to correct a host of alleged deficiencies in the document. A constitutional convention is clearly both legal and constitutional. But is it wise?

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 09:46

What's Going On in Catalonia?

What's behind the Catalan bid for independence from Spain?

The recent rush to kneel or otherwise refuse to show deference for the National Anthem among professional football players is deeply offensive to many patriotic Americans. But should such conduct be illegal?

Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:06

Natural Disasters and Government Aid

In the wake of devastation by recent hurricanes, calls are going out for federal aid, but private aid actually does most of the work, is more efficient, and is constitutional.

In the wake of the awful mass shooting in Las Vegas, anti-gun interests across the nation claim the federal government should do everything it can to outlaw the private ownership of weapons deemed a threat to public safety. Are they correct?

Americans everywhere expect their government to do something about the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. But what exactly should its role be?

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 18:00

Is Gold an Outmoded Currency?

In a world of paper money, ATM machines, debit cards, and cryptocurrencies, it is difficult to imagine a time when all money was based on a precious metal, either gold or silver. But only a few generations ago, all paper money was fully backed by gold or silver — meaning that paper notes could be redeemed on demand for gold or silver — and both gold and silver coins were in daily circulation.

Monday, 07 August 2017 16:00

Are Minimum-wage Laws Good Policy?

Just as price controls lead to scarcities of goods, so wage controls lead to scarcity of labor, or in other words, unemployment.

Monday, 14 August 2017 11:55

The Fruits of Socialism

Socialism is becoming fashionable around the world — usually under the guise of helping those in need — but the universal characteristics of it are poverty, misery, and corruption.

Enemies of the free market claim that  “too much” capitalism lead inevitably to the monopolistic concentration of wealth in the hands of a few oligarch. Are they correct? Throughout the 19th century, many wealthy “robber barons” did indeed establish monopolies in their respective markets — but always by procuring favors from politicians.

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