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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, ...

Five Hundred Days of the Welfare/Warfare/Police State

Earlier this month, Donald Trump reached his 500th day in office. A White House “Fact Sheet” touted “Trump’s 500 Days of American Greatness.” Many Republicans and conservatives were jubilant, and sang Trump’s praises. And of course, ...

A Divergent Convergence of Epic Proportions

Social Security is in dire straits. Payroll tax increases and benefit cuts are on the horizon. According to the latest annual report by the Social Security Board of Trustees (“The 2017 Annual Report of the Board of ...

Leave Social Security out of It

It was twenty-five years ago that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress under Bill Clinton. Although it had minimal Republican support, current efforts to expand the FMLA’s provisions are being spearheaded by ...

Is It Possible to Be Underpaid?

Are teachers and interns underpaid? Some people apparently think so. On February 22, the West Virginia branches of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association called for teachers across West Virginia to strike, mainly ...

The People Who Really Deserve a Trump Pardon

President Trump has issued three presidential pardons in the fifteen months he has been in office. According to Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution, the president “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons ...

Mencken’s Plan, Read’s Rule

H.L. Mencken and Leonard Read couldn’t have been more different, but each of them said some important things about life in a free society. Henry Louis Mencken (1880–1956) was born in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, lived nearly all of ...

Why Is the Government Still Regulating the Railroads?

Donald Trump recently nominated two new members for Republican seats on the Surface Transportation Board (STB): Patrick Fuchs of Wisconsin and Michelle A. Schultz of Pennsylvania. Fuchs is a senior Senate Commerce Committee staffer who “has participated ...

Gambling Madness

March Madness has finally ended, albeit in April. However, the federal prohibition against gambling on the basketball games continues. On March 11 — Selection Sunday — the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced which 68 teams qualified ...

Dress Codes, Discrimination, and a Free Society

A restaurant and nightclub in Washington, D.C. changed its dress code earlier this year after a complaint that it engaged in discrimination against non-whites. The incident serves as a valuable example of the place of dress codes and the ...