The six mysterious elves of the commercial marketplace

December 22, 2016
Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker   Jeffrey Tucker

"One reason that the Brothers Grimm fairy tales have such appeal -- more so than the folklore that came before -- is that they deal with a world that is familiar to us, a world that was just being invented in the early 19th century, when these stories were first printed and circulated. They deal with people, scenes and events that affect what we call the middle class today, or the bourgeoisie. This was the world that serves as the backdrop to the tales of the Brothers Grimm." (12/21/16)  

Chicago Teachers Union prefers money over students reading books from the library

December 22, 2016
Heartland Institute
by Lennie Jarratt   Heartland Institute

"Budget cuts continue to affect students, parents, and school staff in Chicago Public Schools. This time the librarian at Pritzker Elementary in Wicker Park was handed the pink slip. To keep the library open for more than 700 students, parents of Pritzker schoolchildren volunteered to operate the checkout process. However, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) objected to the parent volunteers, thus, keeping the library closed. The message this sends is simple: only those paying union dues can work in the school library. This is not the first time CTU has chosen what is best for the union over what is best for the students." (12/21/16)  

High tax slows Bitcoin development in Norway

December 22, 2016
by Elizabeth McCauley  

"Norway is such a beautiful country and has been named a top summer tourist destination for those in search of picturesque mountains, fjords, and glaciers. But how is the Bitcoin scene fairing in this small Scandinavian country rich in natural resources and warm at heart?"  

Do you support our opposition to John Bolton for Assistant Secretary of State?

December 21, 2016
Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka   Downsize DC

"We've never opposed a presidential nomination to an Executive Branch position. Objecting to individuals (as opposed to ideas and proposals) has always smacked of high school politics to us. We didn't want to join partisan frays. But we were wrong because ... Personnel is policy ... The people a President hires to execute policy may actually have more control over that policy than the President himself does. If true, then it's folly to remain silent about appointments." (12/21/16)  

Many unseen — but very real — fellow citizens

December 21, 2016
Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux   Don Boudreaux

"Nothing that you say to someone who loses his or her job to changing market conditions is likely to satisfy that person. The personal almost always trumps the abstract. The seen hides the unseen. The proximate overwhelms the distant. The present is real while the future is still to be created. This reality, however, does not diminish the importance of defending free trade honestly, unconditionally, and without apology." (12/20/16)  

Baker’s Dozen (TM) things that government fears

December 21, 2016
The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Truth is not just the first casualty in war, but in politics and the legislative and bureaucratic process. Government assumes (usually rightly) that if the truth gets out about it, its activities, its motives, and its results, that people will turn against it." (12/21/16)  

State services will always be a crappy deal

December 21, 2016
Everything Voluntary
by Larken Rose   Larken Rose

"When some private company wants to get your money, it has to produce something -- like goods or services -- that you would freely choose to buy. So they both have to: 1) produce something you want; and 2) sell it at a price you're willing to pay for it. Since you don't have to deal with them at all, the pressure is all on them to produce better stuff for a lower price, so you will choose to take the deal. And because other companies compete with them, that puts even more pressure on them to make better stuff and charge less for it. Now compare that to 'government' 'services.' Let's use the example of the crappy indoctrination camps called 'public schools.'" (12/21/16)  

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