In his lecture "The Eternal Struggle for Lower Transaction Costs: A Short History of the Modern Free Market Movement," Show-Me Institute researcher John Payne covers the interesting characters and pivotal events in the intellectual and political history of libertarianism.
The city of Saint Louis just declared as "blighted" the plot of land on which the eye-catching South Grand Del Taco resides. The business still runs 24/7 and gets customers, even in spite of the nearby bridge closing. Why would the city blight an intact and functioning business? Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding has an answer.
This is a brief segment of the June 2011 Show-Me Forum, in which Ron Calzone and Steve Spellman review the recently ended Missouri legislative session.
Watch the full video here.
Food trucks are gaining popularity nationwide, and the greater Saint Louis area is no exception. Some localities wish to ban the food trucks, restricting competition and consumer choice. In this video, cupcake truck owner Jeff Pupillo explains how allowing such competition benefits consumers, workers and taxpayers.
In this June 2011 Show-Me Forum, two prominent Missouri free-market advocates, Ron Calzone and Steve Spellman, discuss their take on the outcomes of the recently ended legislative session.
A lively Q&A follows their in-depth analysis.
Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes weighs in on red light cameras in Saint Louis — the recent ruling that found such cameras illegal in Saint Louis, and the implications of the ruling for the city payroll tax.
On May 3, the Show-Me Institute cosponsored a lecture by Brian Riedl, lead budget analyst for the Heritage Foundation. In this talk, Brian Riedl shows that federal spending is expanding at an unprecedented rate and is scheduled to increase in the future. The result will be remarkably higher taxes for future generations of Americans. The cause? Expensive entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The solution? Making politically difficult decisions that may hurt some people in the short term, even as they help expand the economy and increase societal wealth in the long term. Brian Riedl says that the alternative to acting soon could be economic catastrophe.
On May 5, 2011, Show-Me Institute Research Assistant John Payne spoke about the causes of the Great Depression to a number of 8th-grade students at Westminster Christian Academy. The talk covered many misconceptions about why the Great Depression happened — and why it lasted so long. Watch Payne's engaging presentation debunking many of the popular myths relating to this infamous period of economic distress.
This is the five-minute version of a speech by Brian Riedl, lead budget analyst for the Heritage Foundation. The full version of the talk can be found here.
On April 22, economist Art Carden of Rhodes College stopped by the Show-Me Institute's office to talk to the staff about his research. Carden's recent work focuses on the economic impact of Walmart and other big-box retailers. In his remarks, he pokes holes in the many popular misconceptions surrounding such retail chains.