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The public debate of inequality is a muddle of bad assumptions and a disregard for how global poverty has plummeted — thanks to markets — in recent decades.
The last thing the left wants is for people to understand that poor nations only become rich nations with free markets and small government.
Two root causes of homelessness — zoning and minimum-wage laws — are warmly and enthusiastically embraced by both the left and the right and ardently opposed by libertarians.
Money and BanksPovertyMoney and Banking
In a world of rampant central bank intervention and endless government regulation, some are still claiming we live in a world of "hypercapitalism."
Labor and WagesPoverty
Although they're not stylish places according to wealthy coastal elites, many metro areas in the United States still contain a lot of affordable housing.
Cronyism and CorporatismLabor and WagesPoverty
The dominant immigration narrative in France ignores the importance of free trade, freedom in employment, and the importance of voluntary charity.
The poor are certainly poor compared to the rich. But they have more than the middle class of just one generation ago.
If Scandinavian countries are socialist, then so is the United States.
PovertyWar and Foreign Policy
From gun control, to war, and to the New Deal: Charles Krauthammer took the pro-government, interventionist line.
The UN relies on a "relative poverty" rate that tells us very little about actual poverty — and also just happens to make the US look bad.