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Daniel J. Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, the free-market, Washington D.C. think tank. His articles are cross-posted on his blog, by agreement.

  • Capitolhill

    Regulation is bad for jobs, good for cronies

    The cost of government regulation? Americans spend 8.8 billion hours every year filling out government forms. For every bureaucrat at a regulatory agency, 100 jobs are destroyed in the productive sector

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 27 November 2015
  • Tel_aviv

    Start-Up Nation: Israel's market reforms

    It seems that Israel's tax cuts under Prime Minister Netanyahu provide a real world example of how to increase investment and wealth. Paradoxical as it may sound, phasing out U.S. economic aid may also have made Israelis better off

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 19 November 2015
  • Money-main_full

    Is inequality bad if some get richer faster than others?

    If we truly care about the interests of the poor, we have to face the reality that inequality does not make their situation worse. On the contrary, there is considerable evidence that unequal societies do a better job of eliminating poverty

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  4 November 2015
  • Yeltsin_got_it

    Pushing communism onto the ash heap of history

    Socialism has an unmatched track record of failure. It was such a disaster than only a few supposedly high-ranked academics (and Labour leader Jeremy Crobyn) thought it worked

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  7 October 2015
  • Pope_francis

    The Pope and poverty

    Pope Francis’ own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 27 September 2015
  • Geneva

    Is the Swiss model the best in the world?

    Switzerland can lay claim to being the best country in the world because it has limited, decentralised government. It is one of the richest and freest places to live. No wonder one region of Italy wants to actually secede and become Swiss

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 14 September 2015
  • Job_centre

    Welfare trapping Europeans in poverty

    Amazingly, in nine European countries welfare benefits exceed the minimum wage. Some countries are just a paradise for slackers, and the whole system is simply unsustainable

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 10 September 2015
  • Chinese_wealth

    China needs real free market reform

    Ethnic Chinese do fantastically well, when they are allowed to. Ironically, the only place where Chinese people don’t enjoy high average incomes is China. And that’s because there’s too much statist cronyism and not enough free market economics

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 29 August 2015
  • Welfare_vs_employment

    Which country has the worst dependency record?

    The welfare state inevitably metastasizes as more and more people are lured into the wagon of government dependency. Fascinating new data shows how big the problem is, with Canada (in this data set) doing best, Greece worst, with the UK ahead of the US, which is in the middle

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  9 August 2015
  • Bono_latest

    What Bono and Donald Trump know that politicians don't

    Apart from both being very rich, Donald Trump and Bono have something else in common: they're dead set on not paying more tax than they have to. Like all sane people, they want to give government wasters as little as possible to pour down the drain. Amen to that!

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  6 August 2015
  • Thinker_statue

    Have you taken the definitive political orientation test?

    Dan Mitchell from the Cato Institute lays out some fascinating tests as to where you really stand politically. Take a look, take the tests, and find out what makes you tick in the world of politics and government. Dan's a libertarian; what about you?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  4 August 2015
  • Eurozone_latest

    Crazy plans for a Eurozone government

    The EU's neo-authoritarian tendencies mean that whenever there's a problem, Brussels always comes down in favour of yet more centralisation. The latest crazy idea is for a Eurozone government. But it won't work and is based on economic nonsense

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 28 July 2015
  • Tallin

    Estonia shows how sensible taxation helps growth

    Estonia is a breath of fresh air on a European continent in danger of sinking into a stagnant swamp of statism. The figures speak for themselves. It just shows that low taxation and a pro-business approach can work wonders. We should all follow suit

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 23 July 2015
  • Aynrand

    Greece, Germany, and a real-world version of Atlas Shrugged

    Who knew the Germans were Randians? The Europe crisis in general. and the acrimonious debate in Greece and Germany now sounds like it was pulled from Atlas Shrugged

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 17 July 2015
  • Tsipras_and_hollande

    Haven’t the Greeks suffered enough?

    As the fiasco continues over Greece, and the whole modern European project it is fair to say the Greeks brought some of their crisis on themselves, but haven't they suffered enough already? They're being advised by the French on economic policy! Heaven help them...

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 12 July 2015


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