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William L. Anderson

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William L. Anderson is a Fellow of the Mises Institute and professor of economics at Frostburg State University. He earned his MA in economics from Clemson University and his PhD in economics from Auburn University, where he was a Mises Research Fellow. He has been writing about Austrian economics since 1981, when he first was introduced to the Austrian view by the late William H. Peterson. In 1982, he won the Olive W. Garvey Economic Essay Contest and presented his paper at the Mont Pelerin Society in the former West Berlin. While there, he met economists Murray Rothbard, Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, Morgan Reynolds, William Hutt, and others He has published numerous articles and papers on economics and political economy, including articles in The Independent Review, Reason Magazine, The Free Market, The Freeman, Public Choice, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, The Journal of Markets and Morality, Regulation, Freedom Daily and others. He is also a frequent contributor to When he was an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee in the early 1970s, Bill was a member of the track team, which won the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1974. He also made All-American and All-Southeastern Conference in track while at UT.

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Roads, Bridges, and Socialist Capital

Big GovernmentTaxes and SpendingU.S. Economy

08/15/2007Mises Daily Articles
When the state is sued, liability ultimately falls upon the taxpayers, not the politicians and bureaucrats.
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The Anti-Energy Congress

Free MarketsInterventionismOther Schools of Thought

02/02/2007Mises Daily Articles
Thus, we are left with the prospect of Congress forcing us to use less fossil-based fuels (which are cost-effective and efficient) and replace those fuels with government-approved fuels, which are prohibitively expensive and inefficient.
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Wage Gaps, Inequality, and Government

Free MarketsOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

10/12/2006Mises Daily Articles
Income equality and prosperity are not the same things. It is theoretically possible for the state to make all incomes equal; Lenin and his cohorts tried to do that in Russia from 1917-1921, and we know the horrific results of that experiment.
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Living on the Reservation

Big GovernmentInterventionismOther Schools of Thought

09/26/2006Mises Daily Articles
The human tragedy that produced the Lord of the Flies atmosphere in New Orleans was due to the fact that government had turned much of the Crescent City into an urban reservation via its welfare system, and when those who depended heavily upon that system for their sustenance found themselves on...
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Is Ken Lay Really a Criminal?

Corporate WelfareLegal SystemMedia and Culture

06/19/2006Mises Daily Articles
Lay and Skilling are hardly alone. The difference is that they are going to prison. This was not a case of executives looting their company and then hiding those assets in offshore bank accounts and absconding with their ill-gotten gains. Instead, it was a case of executives who believed their own...
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