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The War on Self-Checkouts

In the 1960s, Milton Friedman reportedly visited a construction site in a foreign country. To his surprise, the canal builders used no heavy machinery and instead armed thousands of men with shovels. He questioned the bureaucrat about this odd...

Why Socialism Often Leads to Tyranny

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that communism leads to tyranny. Mention the countries North Korea, Cuba, the Soviet Union, Mao Tse Tung’s China, East Germany, and Venezuela, and most people immediately think of an oppressed population with...

Rendering Unto Caesar: Was Jesus a Socialist?

On June 16, 1992, London’s Daily Telegraph reported this astonishingly bold remark by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev: “Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.”1 Perhaps we should cut...

Six Reasons for Optimism in 2020

“The 2010s have been the best decade ever. The evidence is overwhelming.” Those are the words of Cato Institute senior fellow Johan Norberg, penned in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. Norberg’s words seem hyperbolic at first glance, but he may...

Envy: The Root of Many Modern Evils

To dislike a person because of the color of his skin is racism. To scorn someone because of her same-sex preference is homophobia. To disdain for reasons of gender is sexism. To frown upon people because of their foreign origins is xenophobia. Such...

Why the Pilgrims Abandoned Common Ownership

Next year at this time, Americans will mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in 1620 and the subsequent founding of the Plymouth colony by English Puritans we know as the Pilgrims. They, of course, became the mothers and fathers...

The Beginning—and End of a Monastery

The beginning … and the end of a Monastery. Situated deep in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, the Huntsville monastery was established in 1947. The monastery became a thriving community of 84 monks with a large farm supplying eggs, bread, grain...

5 Ideas at the Heart of Socialism

By LAWRENCE W. REED A belief that I stress again and again is that we are at war — not a physical, shooting war, but a war capable of becoming just as destructive and just as costly. The battle for the preservation and advancement of liberty is a...