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Author » Laurence M. Vance

Laurence M. Vance is a columnist and policy advisor for the Future of Freedom Foundation, an associated scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a columnist, blogger, and book reviewer at LewRockwell.com. He is the author of Gun Control and the Second Amendment, The War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom, and War, Empire and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy. His newest books are Free Trade or Protectionism? and The Free Society. Visit his website: www.vancepublications.com. Send him e-mail.

Latest from Laurence M. Vance

Seven Implications of Protectionism

In a speech on the campaign trail in 2016, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said about Hillary Clinton and trade, Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible deal after another, from NAFTA, ...

What Should Be Illegal?

Like many Americans, on a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I stayed in Virginia because hotel rooms are cheaper in places such as Arlington than in Washington. After a day of sightseeing in the nation’s capital, I noticed while ...

Why Stop with Truman?

The RMS Titanic left Southampton, United Kingdom, on April 10, 1912, headed west to New York. It was the ship’s maiden voyage. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew on board. Four days later, and only ...

Social Security Is More than Unsustainable

It seems that Russia is having the same problem as the United States when it comes to its government retirement system: the system is unsustainable because the number of retirees receiving benefits is growing faster than the number of ...

The Latest Conservative Defense of Tariffs

For many years now, some conservatives, in their magazine and web articles criticizing government-managed trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA, have made veiled criticisms of free trade. But no more. Since the beginning of the year, when Donald Trump ...

Food-Stamp Republicans

Libertarians couldn’t be more different from Republicans. Just look at what Republicans are saying — and not saying — about Donald Trump and food stamps. The federal food-stamp program (officially called SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is administered by ...

Families First, Taxpayers Last

Milton Friedman may have put families first, but he put taxpayers last. Friedman (1912–2006) was one of the most influential free-market economists of the twentieth century. After receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, he worked for the federal ...

There Is No Right to Read a Newspaper

The newspaper industry has been waning over the past few decades. Dozens of newspapers have folded since the advent of the Internet. According to the Pew Research Center, local newspaper circulation has declined by 27 percent ...

Who Owns Your Body?

Norma Brickey, an eighty-two-year-old mother, has been driving the streets of Columbus, Ohio, with a sign in her car window reading, “My son needs a kidney, O positive,” followed by her phone number. Both she and ...

The Most Unnecessary Federal Spending

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2020), which directs how federal funds should be used for national defense, has now passed both the U.S. House and Senate — as it has ...