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OpenMarket: Iain Murray

  • Liberate to Stimulate 2020: Let’s Start with Trade

    March 5, 2020
    The past two weeks have seen a volatile market owing to concerns over coronavirus, which suggests an economic downturn could be on the cards. The administration can go some way toward heading this off with liberalization of trade.
  • Joint Employer Rule Gives Much-Needed Certainty to Franchises

    March 3, 2020
    The National Labor Relations Board finalized a rule last week that will bring much needed relief and certainty to the franchise industry and other industries that follow a certain business model. In 2015, the NLRB unilaterally changed the definition of “joint employer,” a change that opened the franchise business model to liability -- and posed an existential threat to the franchise business model.
  • Best Books of 2019: The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

    December 20, 2019
    How did a joint stock company founded in Elizabethan England come to replace the glorious Mughal Empire of India, ruling that great land for a hundred years? William Dalrymple’s splendid history, The Anarchy, tells that story—and purports to warn us about the perils of corporate power.
  • Competitive Enterprise Institute Opposes USMCA Trade Agreement

    December 12, 2019
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) today announced its opposition to the USMCA trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada because the updated agreement sets dangerous precedents for future policy. 
  • Growth Slows as Tariffs Bite

    July 26, 2019
    Economic growth slowed in the second quarter of 2019, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It remained above 2% thanks to a combination of personal consumption and federal and state government spending. Business investment, however, contracted. This suggests that tariffs are beginning to harm the economy, exactly as free market economics suggested they would.
  • Political Realignment Is Big Problem for Free-Market Supporters

    June 20, 2019
    Angela Nagle, an economic nationalist and author of “Kill All Normies,” recently argued on a podcast that, “Conservatives are starting to have these interesting debates internally about the fact that capitalism is not being their friend and helping their cultural project. […] The priorities of economic libertarianism no longer make sense."
  • Tariffs Slow Investment, Threaten Retail Industry

    May 22, 2019
    Large U.S. companies slowed their investment in the first quarter of 2019, largely because of ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China. This is exactly what free-trade economics suggested would happen. When costs increase because of tariffs and uncertainty shadows the direction of trade policy, companies delay investment.
  • White House Uses Discredited Complaints Tactic against Social Media Companies

    May 16, 2019
    My colleague Wayne Crews has already slammed the White House for a first step towards government regulation of online speech in its “tech bias” complaints portal. It is interesting that the administration has followed the model of the problematic Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in simply collecting complaints as proof of problems with the industry concerned.
  • Breaking up and Regulating Facebook: Unfair, Un-American, Unacceptable

    May 9, 2019
    Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, former publisher of The New Republic, argues in a long essay for The New York Times that the company should be broken up and regulated, and indeed that this would be the “American” thing to do.
  • Sharing Economy Is Opposite of Servant Economy

    April 4, 2019
    In a bleak take on the sharing economy, Atlantic writer Alexis C. Madrigal says it has created a “servant economy,” where sharing economy platforms provide “low-paying work that deliver on-demand servant services to rich people.” He likens this to the domestic service prevalent before the Second World War. This take gets things almost completely backwards.

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