September 22, 2017
Fossil fuel fan Alex Epstein recently gave a presentation as part of the Talks at Google series—a kind of in-house TED event for the company’s famously erudite staff—and no doubt set some heads spinning with his passionate defense of oil and gas as 21st Century energy sources.
Alex, the president of the Center for Industrial Progress, came to the attention of many people in the world of energy and environment policy with the publication of his 2014 book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. In it he documents the...
September 15, 2017
Our friends at the Atlas Network recently announced the finalists for their top honor, the Templeton Freedom Award.
September 8, 2017
In a world full of tweets, Instagram posts, and BuzzFeed quizzes, many Millennials haven’t taken time to think about big government and its implications, but I’m here to drop some knowledge on you as to why we should want to shrink government bureaucracy.
Let’s look at the big picture. Government agencies are ridiculously inefficient, they regulate pretty much every aspect of our lives, and they waste billions of tax dollars a year.
Now, let’s take a look at some agencies in particular, starting with the Environmental...
September 7, 2017
I, Whiskey is back on the road this fall with three festivals in California. Earlier this week I, Whiskey was accepted into the Food & Farm Film Fest (9/29–10/1) at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, the film’s second cinema screening.Later that same week I, Whiskey...
September 1, 2017
That is the topic I presented earlier this week as part of the panel discussion, Perspectives on African Development, at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. The full contents of my presentation can be found here.
I wanted to challenge the prevailing mindset of those who work in the development “industry,” in particular the idea that we need ever more foreign aid or expert-designed intervention to solve poverty once and for all. Yet the key to African development is just the opposite. I argued for an embrace of the same values that drove the West to unprecedented prosperity, and more recently, drove Asia to the greatest reduction in absolute poverty ever recorded.
August 30, 2017State Policy Network is an impressive organization that helps improve the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and nonprofit leaders at the state level across the country.
This week SPN is having its Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas and...
August 29, 2017
This blog post is adapted from a speech delivered to the Foreign Service Institute at the United States Department of State on August 29, 2017.
Over the past few decades, the world has seen one of the most incredible reductions of poverty ever recorded. Hundreds of millions of people who previously lived in dire poverty have emerged to grow into a powerful global middle class.
This unprecedented rise is one of the most exciting developments in human history, yet it comes as no coincidence. It has overwhelmingly been the result of a shift to a more free and open global market economy—a shift to embrace greater economic freedom. Understanding just what economic freedom entails for developing nations is therefore one of the most important tasks of the 21st century.
What is Economic Freedom?
Economic freedom enshrines...
August 21, 2017
This has become a key issue for state (and federal) economic reform, and is a winner in terms of giving the working poor greater opportunities to earn a living. As mentioned in the video, the Institute for Justice has provided some excellent analysis of the issue, and is...
August 18, 2017
Russ Roberts is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution with a PhD in ecoonmics from the University of Chicago. He's also an author, podcaster, novelist and poet, who uses multiple platforms and formats to communicate the ideas of liberty and the insights of economic thinking.
His latest project is the poem ...
August 15, 2017
Today is the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from the United Kingdom. The nation of 1.3 billion people has seen dramatic economic and social changes over those decades—and many important ones just in the last several years.