Recent Opeds & Letters to the Editor

Gordon Tullock: Economist Who Explained Why Government Corruptly Grows

Why is it that government grows in size and scope, and is so difficult to stop or reverse?

One Blog, Two Shameful Acts, Three Shameless Organizations

Imagine two companies, one worth more than $31 billion and the second worth $315 billion, ask for and receive $1.6 billion in federal low interest loans to build a power plant.  The power plan

From Boom to Bustle: The Transition of the North Dakota Economy

The North Dakota oil boom is over. At least that was one of the recurring talking points at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s (NDPC) annual meeting in Dickinson, North Dakota about a month ago.

Federal Regulators Continue ‘War on Fun'

Just in time for the holiday season, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is gearing up what can only be called a “war on fun,” persecuting legitimate foreign and domestic businesses for s

Senate Majority Change Could Alter Environmental Politics

Political analysts are rapidly reaching a consensus that the recent election was a repudiation of President Obama’s failed policies, and although environmental issues were not the primary focus of

Colorado State Smoking Ban: No Impact on Heart Attacks

As early as 2004, various medical journals published articles claiming that small-community smoking bans resulted in nearly immediate reductions in heart disease.  For example, the high-p

What to Do After Obama Vetoes Obamacare Repeal

It’s a foregone conclusion the new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will join the House in voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it’s more unpopularly known.

Gordon Tullock, R.I.P.

Gordon Tullock, one of the truly great economists of the 20th century, passed away on Monday. He was 92.