Donald J. Boudreaux

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The Oldest Rhetorical Trick in the Book

In his brilliant 1956 collection, Minority Report, H.L. Mencken stated: If you were against the New Deal and its wholesale buying of pauper votes, then you were against Christian charity.  If you were against the gross injustices and...

How Politics Is Like a Nigerian Email Scam

Comes this e-mail to me today from one Mr. Bintou Ojabo, with the subject line reading “I need your full trust”: DEAR ONE, PLEASE PERMIT ME TO INTRODUCE MY SELF TO YOU, MY NAME IS BINTOU OJABO, I AM 19 YEARS OLD, I AM THE ONLY CHILD OF LATE...

The Average American Today Is Richer than John D. Rockefeller

This Atlantic story reveals how Americans lived 100 years ago. By the standards of a middle-class American today, that lifestyle was poor, inconvenient, dreary, and dangerous. (Only a few years later — in 1924 — the 16-year-old son of...