Articles by Daniel J. Mitchell

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.

  • 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
  • French_elections

    Whoever wins French elections, France is in decline

    Among the major countries on the continent, France is the economic sick man of Europe. Le Pen is considered on the right solely because of her immigration policies. Economically, she's is very much on the Left. France shows how bad things get when the state snowballs out of control. The election will likely change nothing

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 22 April 2017
  • Politburo

    Laughing at socialism in theory and practice

    No country has ever become wealthy due to big government, let alone full on statism. But socialist ideologues never give up, despite how ridiculous they make themselves look. The bottom line is that statism is a recipe for stagnation and free markets are a route to prosperity

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 13 April 2017
  • Venezuela-poverty-and-misery-index

    Venezuela, Cuba, N. Korea, and circles of statist hell

    Venezuela is spiralling into the fires of hell. Cuba and North Korea have been there for a long time. Lessons from the former Soviet bloc show the path to freedom and prosperity is paved with effective property rights, low taxes, and free markets

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  6 April 2017
  • Ronald_reagan

    Reagan's lessons for Trump

    Ronald Reagan adopted a bunch of supposedly unpopular policies, yet he got reelected in a landslide because reducing the burden of government allowed the private sector to grow much faster. Will Trump’s reforms be that bold and that brave? Reagan is the example he must emulate to succeed

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  1 April 2017
  • Swamp

    Will Trump drain the swamp or wallow in it?

    Corruption in Washington is a huge issue that people do not take seriously enough. President Trump's supporters demand that he make good on his promise to drain the swamp. But what if he just wallows in it and gargles the muck instead?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 22 February 2017
  • Statue_of_liberty

    America's diminishing economic liberty

    The United States comes in at an unspectacular number 17 in this year's global economic freedom index. America dropped to its lowest ever position under Obama. The big question now is whether it will go up or even further down under the entirely unpredictable Trump administration

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 16 February 2017
  • Obama-sad-face-998x598

    Obama's dismal but forgettable legacy

    Obama's legacy is dismal. What he did wrong was mainly unoriginal; what he did right was trivial. He was a president consumed with himself. His legacy is entirely forgettable

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 17 January 2017
  • Workers

    Workers of the world do best in free markets

    If you want the best for workers, the evidence shows that unregulated markets make them better off, less likely to face discrimination, and happier overall. The Left opposes free markets because they can't control them, regardless of the benefits for those they claim to speak for

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  5 January 2017
  • Oecd--621x414

    OECD research shows big government harms growth

    The often devious and untrustworthy, left-leaning OECD is a destructive force in the world. But when its economists start looking at the actual data, even they cannot avoid the conclusion that big spending governments harm economic growth, which in turn hurts the poor

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 30 November 2016
  • Tallinn-old-town-toompea

    Is Baltic free-market exceptionalism under threat?

    One key to the Baltic states' relative success is tax policy. All three nations have flat taxes. Estonia’s system is so good (particularly its approach to business taxation) that the Tax Foundation ranks it as the best in the OECD. Statists must not be allowed to ruin it all

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 16 November 2016