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Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

Guest Column: Why do so many people embrace socialism?

The key is providing for a central role of the private incentive-reward relationship within a framework of personal freedom.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015

Guest Column: Short-termism hampers understanding of economy

It's mainly a myth.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, Aug 9, 2015

Guest Column: Greece in a nutshell: What are its problems, and how can they be solved?

This not the way to run a railroad, but Greece's internal politics is complicated and factionalized.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Guest Column: Court decision foreshadows more problems

Sadly, this state of affairs, with the judiciary rising in ascendancy and legislatures declining, was not envisioned by our Founders.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Guest Column: Doubling the minimum wage is fraught with employment dangers

There are unobservable, unintended consequences of a wage boost.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Guest Column: Buffett wants tax credit expanded, but a return to values is what's needed

Buffett asserts that his plan does not distort free-market mechanisms. Of course it does.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Guest Column: Price-gouging is widely misunderstood, and gives businesses a bad rap

Price-gouging is the market allowing customers to outbid one another for a scarce supply.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Guest Column: Income inequality flap is much understated through deceptive data

This difficulty is only the tip of the iceberg.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Guest Column: A suggestion to the kingmakers: Cultivate your ability to compromise

The maturity to make these decisions calls for authorities to have excellent compromising skills.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Guest Column: Values, decay of responsibility coincide with surge in entitlements

President Obama is the strongest national political figure who could, and should, lead a drive to restore our once-proud heritage of personal responsibility.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Guest Column: Millions contribute to personal freedom, free choice, economic instability

Let's try understanding the role that instabilities play in enabling us to use our right of freedom to choose.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Guest Column: Obama sounds call for renewed class warfare with hyped tax plans

As George Bernard Shaw would put it, "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Guest Column: Capitalism has been long deprecated, but its spirit takes a deserved bow

The primary thrust of Western social organizations is some form of free-market capitalism.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Guest Column: Raising the minimum wage also will increase job losses

These suggested minimum-wage hikes will adversely affect employment of unskilled workers, those that society aims to help.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Guest Column: Uh-oh, it's that time again: Uncontrolled envy is a dangerous emotion

Fairness, however defined, is the principal motive behind the ubiquitous effort to reduce inequalities.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Guest Column: Is Federal Reserve really driving stock prices? The assumption is dubious

It is coming in vogue to criticize the Federal Reserve System's monetary stimulus as doing little for economic recovery, but much to increase stock prices.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Guest Column: Rediscovery: Monetary policy often is not sufficient to spark economy

We need vast "structural reform." But our current policies move us in the opposite direction.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Guest Column: Surprising legislative, judicial powers are derived from sheer vagueness

This creeping, and sometimes explosive, expansion of federal power leads thoughtful people to worry about the means to employ to curb it.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Guest Column: Skin in the game: Stake in outcome crucial for wise governmental decisions

This is the crux of a not-well-recognized dilemma: How do you slow, or halt, the expansion of the non-taxpaying group of voters?
By William Beranek, Ph.D.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

Guest Column: Is inequality of opportunities really the problem? What's the true target?

Our work force and budding entrepreneurs may be inadequately prepared to take advantage of already existing opportunities.
By William Beranek, Ph.D.
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