There is no such thing as a free lunch . . . except for free trade which makes everyone everywhere better off
It is naive and foolish to imagine there is some magic pot of gold which will make us all magically richer . . . but competition magically makes everyone richer
As Adam Smith said, the “invisible hand” of the free market ensures everyone is best off . . . even though Smith never said that about the market but rather about protectionism.
We should never rely on one-size-fits-all solutions that don’t take account of the specifics of each case . . . and cut taxes in response to every problem
The government makes everything worse . . . which is why countries like Somalia which have no government are so much better off
Greater equality just means everyone is poorer . . . which is why the most equal countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) are the richest in the world
Welfare creates a culture of dependency . . . whereas tax breaks for corporations and the rich encourage entrepreneurship
If the rich don’t get to keep a large share of their millions they’ll have no incentive to work . . . beats me why anyone works for the minimum wage
Affirmative action is terrible and hurts everyone including minorities . . . and I know this because I am a middle class, white, English-speaking male
America was built by immigrants . . . which is why immigration is bad
When my ancestors first arrived in America, natives thought they were lazy, violent and dishonest, but we showed them . . . but current immigrants are lazy, violent and dishonest (I wrote this with the Irish specifically in mind, but it can be said about almost every ethnic group)
Obama has made race relations worse . . . we should go back to when there was only white guys in positions of power
I want to reduce the debt so I’ll vote Republican . . . despite the fact that no Republican has reduced the national debt in 50 years
If you want to be wealthy all you need is hard work . . . and to be born white, middle class and male
Obama has cut taxes, maintained many elements of Bush’s foreign policy, based his healthcare plan on a Republicans’, introduced no new major regulation, failed to tackle inequality, governed as an essentially moderate Republican and generally left things to the free market . . . he is clearly a Communist
Corporate profits are at a record high and we are stuck in recession . . . but trickle-down economics still work
America has record low taxes and one of the smallest government in the OECD . . . clearly we need to cut taxes and reduce the size of the government
Union political power is disgraceful, they are buying the election! . . . because it’s not as though corporations influence politics
Government regulation fails because governments lack enough information . . . I can prove this in my model which assumes consumers know everything
Private healthcare is more expensive, less equitable and less efficient than European public healthcare . . . which is why we need less government not more
I’m pro-life . . . and in favour of the death penalty and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The free market is better for poor people than government welfare . . . never mind the fact that welfare prevents mass poverty and enormous inequality is irrelevant
The past century is a clear example of the supremacy of the free market . . . but we’ve never had a free market in America
I believe that having received public education, public healthcare, public transport and used public infrastructure . . . I should not pay taxes, it’s not like I owe the government anything
The problem with America is that people think they’re entitled to things . . . I shouldn’t pay so much tax, I’m entitled to all my wages
Republican are guided by Jesus . . . feed the poor? Cure the sick? That’s socialism!
Single parent families are a cause of many of America’s social problems . . . they would be much better off if they married the deadbeat or abusive father
Gays are a threat to the institution of marriage . . . because if gays can marry I’ll divorce my wife and marry a horse
Just because almost every scientist supports evolution doesn’t make it true . . . if you use that logic global warming must be true!
Government cannot create jobs . . . Obama has failed because he hasn’t created enough jobs
The unemployed are too lazy to get a job . . . Obama has failed because he hasn’t done enough to help the unemployed
The recession was caused by a lack of regulation . . . therefore the solution is less regulation
During the 2000s government avoided intervening in the economy and left the market to itself . . . therefore the crash is somehow the government’s fault
What’s the question? . . . Doesn’t matter, the answer is cut taxes
Decades of laissez-faire, small government and free trade and the third world is still in deep poverty . . . let’s try more laissez-faire, small government and free trade
Communism was a failure and Eastern Europe is so much better off now . . . as can be seen from the mass exodus of people leaving low income and mass unemployment
Obama has continued in Afghanistan, launches drone attacks killing innocent civilians and has maintained military aid to our allies . . . what a bleeding heart wimp
Socialism is un-American . . . we need more Austrian economics
The beauty of Austrian economics is that it has never been tried, so it can never be proven wrong
Unemployment is cause by the welfare system . . . even though we had the mass unemployment of the Great Depression before the welfare state
Central planning never works . . . except when multi-national corporations do it
Let’s completely unregulated banks . . . what’s the worst that could happen?
In the free market, competition would drive racist firms out of business and there would be no discrimination . . . just because this has never happened before doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future, right?
If Austrian economics is so great then why has no one in Austria ever tried it?
In a world without government, the market will regulate itself . . . just like it did with Enron and the financial sector
The problem with Communism is that it is an appeal to a perfect utopia . . . unlike a world with minimal government, that would be perfect
The only way we can decrease gun crime . . . is if more people have guns
CEOs are the only people who can create jobs . . . even though those jobs wouldn’t exist if no one bought their goods
Everything is better if it’s left to the market . . . which is why we should sell votes, organs and our children
Regulation is used by businesses to increase their profits . . . it also destroys businesses . . . at the same time
The Internet: A project invented by the government and now filled with people complaining about how useless the government is
The source of the greatest direct duress experienced by the ordinary adult is not the state but rather the business that employs him. Your foreman or supervisor gives you more “or-else” orders in a week than the police do in a decade.