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.


  • 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
  • Lenin-tomb-red-square-moscow_cs

    The endless failure (but bizarre allure) of socialism

    The pattern is clear, and has been evident for many decades. Socialism is tried. Socialism fails. Socialists claim real socialism was never tried in the first place. The lesson here is that socialists are inaccesible to reason

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 23 June 2017
  • Wall_street

    For prosperity? Against inequality? Choose capitalism

    The historical data represents a crushing blow to the Left. It shows that capitalism has not only raised prosperity for all wherever it has been allowed to flourish, but that it has also cut inequality between the various regions of the world

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 21 May 2017
  • Theresa-may

    Tories must use victory to revolutionise UK economy

    While mad Jeremy Corbyn appears to advocate an Anglo-Saxon version of North Korea, Theresa May needs to use the thumping majority she is likely to get at the election to reduce the state and reinvigorate free market values and practices. A Tory victory is a necessary but not sufficient condition for UK economic success

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 17 May 2017
  • Reagan_tax

    Four key lessons from Ronald Reagan's tax cuts

    From the New York Times to Donald Trump, everyone needs to learn 4 key lessons from Ronald Reagan's tax cuts, which all boil down to this: an economically less instrusive state will boost growth and raise prosperity

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  3 May 2017
  • Trump

    Why Trump's good tax plan is not serious enough

    Slashing the corporate tax rate is a great idea, and Trump's heart is in the right place on tax generally. But if he really wanted a big tax cut, he would have a comprehensive plan to restrain the growth of government spending. He doesn’t. He needs to get more serious

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 27 April 2017