Richard Ebeling

Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel.
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America’s Fiscal History: From Liberty to Paternalism

If passed in its proposed forms, the $3.5 trillion of new “entitlement” programs and spending over the next ten years, and the accompanying call for increases in a wide variety of taxes,...

Infrastructure Bill as Political Plunder and Social Engineering

Nothing says you really “care” in politics as much as a willingness and, indeed, a demand to spend at least $1 trillion of other people’s money on some supposedly essential public “need.”...

Dangerous Monetary Manipulations and Fiscal Follies

Back in the 1960s, Everett Dirksen (1896-1969) served as the Republican Party minority leader in the U.S. Senate. One of his famous lines about federal government spending was, “A billion here, a...

Socialism-in-Practice Was a Nightmare, Not Utopia

It is amazing sometimes how really short humanity’s historical memory can be. Listening to some in American academia and on social media, you would think that socialism was a bright, new, and...

Why Hayek was Right About Nazis Being Socialists

"The welfare-state policies begun by Bismarck in late 19th century Imperial Germany were viewed by the Nazis as a prelude to a complete guarantee of a quality standard of living for all...

The Legacy of Thanksgiving is Free Enterprise

Thanksgiving is normally a time of family festivities, when relatives and good friends come together for a fine meal, catching up with what has been happening in everyone’s life, and a general...

Do Not Trust Governments with the Control of Money

"Governments have been notorious in the misuse of their capacity to turn the handle of the monetary printing press to create the money needed to fund their expenditures, rather than fully rely...

Limited Government Is the Solution to Political Anger, Fears.

By Richard Ebeling Herbert Spencer on What Government Is and Is Not Good For Nearly 165 years, the British laissez-faire liberal political philosopher and sociologist, Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), published an article, wondering, “Representative Government...

Here’s the Real Source of National Anger, Division.

"What causes the degrees of divisiveness, anger, and fear among people today ... is that this type of government preempting and co-opting touches matters close to many people’s personal concerns and values." Division...

Americans Divided on the Most Important Issues. Here’s Why.

By Richard Ebeling The recent presidential election confirms and reinforces what many political observers and common citizens have increasingly known and noted: Americans are seriously divided over the problems they see facing society, and...

Richard Ebeling

Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel.

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