Government wants you to think it helps you at every turn. Every time you make a decision, a purchase, government wants to be there, looking essential.
How many wars can we fight? Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder!
I'm upset that the presidential candidates, all of them, rarely mention a huge problem: the quiet cancer that kills opportunity -- regulation.
People have long lists of things they think the market can't possibly do -- from building subways to fighting wars. Sometimes, the market does them anyway
OK, my list isn't very scientific. It's also probably unfair that I give demerits to candidates such as Huckabee, Christie and others who explicitly and cluelessly denounce libertarians.
Humans need rules. Rules make life more predictable. But when the rules multiply, the world needs some rule-breakers.
Clearly, lots of Americans are mad about immigration. But we libertarians believe that people trapped in horrible countries deserve a chance at a better life and that free trade in labor, not just products, is a good thing.
My town, New York City, enforces rigid gun laws. Police refused to assign me a gun permit. The law doesn't even let me hold a fake gun on TV to demonstrate something.
The government's environmental rules defeat even environmentalists. Thomas Collier is a Democrat who managed environmental policy for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Then he noticed a mining opportunity in Alaska, one he calls "the single largest deposit of gold and silver that is not being developed in the entire world."
The taxi cartels, which provide inferior service and are micromanaged by government, don't like getting competition from efficient companies like Uber.
Obamacare! The War on Drugs! A War on Poverty! Prohibition! The idea that government will bring social progress isn't new.
Nearly 10,000 people turned out to hear Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. Why? Apparently, many Democrats want socialism.
Have you seen the new Jurassic Park movie, "Jurassic World?"
Since government can't run the rest of the economy wisely, why let it be in charge of money itself?
This year is the 10th anniversary of a book called "The Republican War on Science." I could just as easily write a book called "The Democratic War on Science."
Millions go to SeaWorld to learn more about sea life and get closer to killer whales. But fewer go now because the documentary "Blackfish" exposed what one reporter called "the darker side" of SeaWorld.
Protesters demand "social justice." I hate their chant. If I oppose their cause, then I'm for social "injustice"? Nonsense.
It's graduation time! Have we learned much? No. College has become a scam.
For years, my scientist brother Tom was the nonpolitical Stossel.
Charles Murray, already controversial for writing books on how welfare hurts the poor, on ethnic differences in IQ and on (less controversial, but my favorite) happiness and good government, has written a new book that argues that it's time for civil disobedience.