Raymond C. Niles's Articles
Economics, History, Reviews
The Financial Programs of Alexander Hamilton, by a Farmer’s Daughter by Dianne L. Durante
Raymond C. Niles October 22, 2021
Despite some of Hamilton’s surprising errors, such as his support for mercantilism, his programs prevented the new republic from floundering, as Dianne Durante has shown. Hamilton is worthy of our admiration, and so is Dr. Durante for having done such a fine job of bringing Hamilton and his policies to life.
The Political Economy of Public Debt: Three Centuries of Theory and Evidence, by Richard M. Salsman
Raymond C. Niles September 3, 2017
Raymond C. Niles reviews The Political Economy of Public Debt, finding the book to be a tremendous resource for anyone seeking to gain an understanding of the history of public debt and our debt-laden future.
The Banality of a Leftist: Thomas Piketty
Raymond C. Niles September 30, 2014
Piketty stirs up resentment against the producers and holders of wealth, and then says we need to tax it away to assuage that resentment. Instead, as an economist, he should be explaining why wealth is good and how, in the hands of those who know how to invest it profitably, it leads to prosperity for everyone involved in the economy.
Politics & Rights
Net Neutrality Means an Unfree, Slow, and 'Stupid' Internet
Raymond C. Niles October 8, 2009
The chairman of the FCC recently called for applying “net neutrality” to the wireless spectrum. Such a measure would dramatically extend the reach of proposed “net neutrality” rules, which were originally slated to govern the delivery of Internet content via wire—cable and DSL lines—but not via wireless signals. The expanded…
History, Politics & Rights, Science & Technology
Property Rights and the Crisis of the Electric Grid
Raymond C. Niles May 20, 2008
Surveys the history and achievements of America’s electricity entrepreneurs, shows how government interference in the transmission grid has hampered their enterprises from the outset to the present day, and indicates what America must do to liberate the grid and enable a new wave of entrepreneurs to supply this vital product commensurate with the country’s demand.