Clint Eastwood, Lawyers, and the ADA

By Walter Olson

It wasn’t everyone’s idea of what a political speech should be, but this morning it was the speech everyone wanted to talk about: Addressing an empty chair representing President Obama, movie great Clint Eastwood took a swipe at the legal profession (“I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president, anyway”) […]

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Section 337: A Second Bite at the Samsung

By K. William Watson

Last Friday, a court determined that Samsung phones did not copy the iPhone’s design and found Apple liable for infringing Samsung’s patents on mobile technology.  Wait, is that right?  Yes—in Korea.  The same day that a California jury found that Samsung owed Apple $1 billion for infringing design and utility patents, a court in Korea […]

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The Contrast Is Fairly Clear

By Roger Pilon

Today POLITICO Arena asks: Was Romney able to deliver his best possible introduction to the American people? My response: In stark contrast to Obama, Romney’s plainly not comfortable tooting his own horn. He’ll stand out in Washington. Thus it fell to others last night to bring out his many good qualities, and they did it well. But […]

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Hayek in the New York Times

By David Boaz

Sunday’s New York Times magazine included an article by Adam Davidson of NPR, “Prime Time for Paul Ryan’s Guru (the One Who’s Not Ayn Rand).” I thought when I read it that if you’re going to call an economist “largely ignored,” you should at least mention that he won a Nobel Prize so readers could […]

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Swiss Monetary Policy: Dangerous Contradictions

By Steve H. Hanke

The Swiss National Bank is conducting a bizarre, contradictory, and potentially dangerous set of monetary policies. During the past year, the SNB has mandated the imposition of super-high bank capital requirements. Indeed, the SNB, in its annual Financial Stability Report, even admonished Credit Suisse for not building up a big enough capital cushion. The Swiss […]

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One of Many Ways the SEC Contributed to the Financial Crisis

By Mark A. Calabria

I was recently reminded that in its infinite wisdom, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) actually sued banks as the housing bubble was building for putting aside too much money to coverage potential loan losses.  It seems that while many banks were worried that bubble lending could turn out bad, the SEC felt that recent […]

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Getting Class Action Rules Right Makes Markets More Efficient

By Ilya Shapiro

Getting the rules governing class actions right means balancing the need to keep the courthouse door open for legal claims not lucrative enough to pursue individually with the need to prevent wholesale extortion by opportunistic would-be plaintiffs (and their lawyers) who know that the settlement values of class actions are generally much larger than those […]

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The Ballad of Ron Paul, 2012

By David Boaz

Four years ago the Onion offered a lyrical farewell to the Ron Paul campaign: WASHINGTON—After piling the last of his Campaign for Liberty signs in the back of a beat-up Ford truck Thursday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) once again abandoned his candidacy for president and rode on out toward the low western sun, but not before vowing to come […]

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The Road to Ruin

By Steve H. Hanke

I have often warned against the dangers associated with conventional wisdom. With the onset of the financial crisis and the corresponding plunge in asset prices, I noted that people who were wealthy or who were close to retirement were the ones getting clobbered. New evidence now confirms this: Americans nearing retirement took the biggest hit […]

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A Good Day for Liberty Everywhere Else

By K. William Watson

Good News Russia joined the WTO yesterday!  This is kind of a big deal.  The country’s leaders, although still as authoritarian and illiberal as we all know they are, nevertheless committed to open Russia’s domestic markets to foreign competition by significantly reducing import duties and eliminating protectionist regulations.  Just as important, by locking in these […]

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