Friday, December 17, 2004

Future of Limited Government

According to this article by Milton Friedman free-marketeers have won the battle of ideas, but politicians still seem to be lagging behind.

Update: I think I agree with Arnold Kling's analysis:

"My sense is that the vast majority of citizens are indifferent, confused, or content regarding the expansion of the welfare state. They neither understand the economic argument for the benefits of a smaller profile for government nor appreciate the philosophical argument for freedom and responsibility."

Battle of Two Hayeks

Since the beginning of civilization deep analytical thinkers have been pondering...who's the better Hayek, Friedrich or Salma? The answer can be found here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Less Government in California

Yeah, you read that title right. Governor Schwarzenegger abolished funding for the Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority, which was created after the blackouts. This continues the sort of love-hate relationship I have with the Governor, sometimes he does some good as this event shows. On the other hand, he often endorses expensive bond measures which are the anti-thesis of fiscal discipline.

Link via Dissecting Leftism

Sunday, December 12, 2004


The Citizens Against Government Waste successfully won a battle against avocado protectionism. Okay, it sounds frivolous, but it's better than nothing.


Well these days it seems like everything is regulated, at least to some degree. Now it seems like people with nothing better to do want to stick their nose in sports, especially baseball. For more on the issue here's something from the Independent Institute and here's something from LP News.


The idea of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) has its flaws, but it's better than the status quo. Here's a brief history of HSAs.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Public Goods and Public Choice

According to this study, public goods are often the subject of rent-seeking interests. They say one possible solution is the use of user-fees.

Link via NCPA