Articles by Daniel J. Mitchell
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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.


  • Caracas_slums

    Corbyn's World: The horror of Venezuelan socialism

    Jeremy Corbyn's sympathies with dictatorial socialists worldwide are well known. It still makes one step back in horror when one recognises the terrible social oppression that Corbyn's heroes have caused. The shocking reality of socialism in Venezuela offers a sobering illustration

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 15 February 2018
  • Westminster

    US View: UK has a stronger Brexit hand than it thinks

    The EU is terrified that an independent UK will become more market-friendly and thus put competitive pressure on its member states. It is also horrified at losing EU contributions. Theresa May needs to understand she has the upper hand, and stop behaving like a weakling against Eurocrats who genuinely have a lot to fear

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  1 February 2018
  • Private_school_in_india

    Lessons from India's private school revolution

    Private schooling in India has achieved astonishing growth. And guess what. When you use market forces rather than rely on the state juggernaut you get better educational results, happier students and parents, and, wait for it, it's less costly. What's not to like?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 24 January 2018
  • Trump

    Mapping the world Donald Trump style

    Donald Trump lends himself to satire like no other American president before him. But sometimes never a truer word is spoken than in jest. Do these three humorous maps of Donald Trump's world say something that goes beyond a joke?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 17 January 2018
  • Statue_of_liberty

    The good, the bad, and the ugly in 2018

    Proper welfare reform in the US and the collapse of the regime in Venezuala are much to be hoped for in 2018. To be feared are a bad Brexit, due to EU intransigence, a Chinese bubble, and much else. It all depends on whether free markets and common sense win the day

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  2 January 2018
  • Robert-mugabe

    The tragedy of misrule in Zimbabwe

    Mugabe's statist misrule has brought tragedy to a country that should be booming. At the very least, Zimbabwe should copy the neighboring nation of Botswana. Ideally, it could go farther and become the Chile or Estonia of Africa

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 24 November 2017
  • Kim_jong-un

    A century of terror: Communism continues to kill

    North Korea wins the prize for practicing the purest remaining form of communism. But that’s not a prize worth winning. Unless the goal is horrific poverty and suffering. But the apologists are still with us, and they're not just on the Left

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 20 November 2017
  • Gulag

    A century of evil: Communism's 100 million dead

    The staggering death toll -- perhaps as much as 100 million -- attributable to communist mass murderers continues to be downplayed in the West by shabby Left-wing pseudo-intellectuals with too much influence in our media, politics, and universities. A century after the Russian Revolution we should salute the victims, and name and shame the apologists

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  3 November 2017
  • George_w._bush

    The dismal record of George W. Bush

    Never get hung up on labels. The economy suffers just as much if a Republican expands the burden of government as it does when the same thing happens under a Democrat. Bush was a Republican but some Democrats performed better. His record is frankly dismal

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 26 October 2017
  • Big_ben

    US economist: Britain's post-Brexit path to prosperity

    The EU is terrified that Britain will become a low tax, business friendly haven after Brexit. But that is exactly what Britain can now become, and it will ensure a stellar future outside the confines of the failing Brussels behemoth

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 28 September 2017
  • Maternity-ward

    Demographic doom and the welfare state

    Simply stated, redistribution programs only work if there is a sufficiently large supply of new taxpayers to finance promised handouts. Even Europe's most efficiently run welfare states face the crucial question: Where have all the children gone?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 26 September 2017
  • Mumbai_slum

    Free Enterprise: The irresistible anti-poverty strategy

    Where the world has shifted in favour of free enterprise, poverty has seen dramatic falls. The Left has always opposed free enterprise, so what does this tell you about their true priorities? The poor are just canon fodder for their big state ambitions, anyone?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  4 September 2017
  • Hong_kong

    Inequality, growth, fairness: Not quite what you thought

    All the available evidence shows we should focus on growth and forget about inequality. Yes, some rich people will get richer, but the really great news is that the poor will get richer as well. Put another way, socialism just makes everyone poorer, especially those who are aleady poor

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 31 July 2017
  • People

    Our demographic crisis is actually a policy crisis

    The much talked about demographic crisis in the Western world is real. Just look at the fertility rates in Europe. But the bigger problem is not so much that we are having too few babies as that our bloated state oriented system needs radical reform

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 19 July 2017
  • Statue_of_liberty

    Two concepts of liberty: Real liberty and socialist liberty

    There is a longstanding debate about two concepts of liberty, positive or negative. Positive liberty essentially means that you, or the state, has a right to deprive some people of their property to provide other people with services. But, while many might argue there are good reasons for doing it, this is a false concept of liberty, and we must be clear in saying so

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  6 July 2017