Articles and Commentary

I write articles and commentaries for several different outlets. Here’s what I’ve written in the last few years.

You Are Harming No One or Anything By Not Spending on Black Friday (AIER.org, November 28, 2019)

Why That Hotel Shop Undershirt is So Expensive (AIER.org, November 27, 2019)

The Market Is a Symphony of Creation (AIER.org, November 26, 2019)

Indirect Finance and the Cousin Eddie Problem (EconLog, with Xander Duykers, November 23, 2019)

The Struggle to Get Education Away from the State (AIER.org, November 13, 2019)

The Case for Open Borders is Stronger Than You Think (AIER.org, November 2, 2019)

Are Economists Basically Immoral? (AIER.org, October 26, 2019)

My Busted iPhone Did Not Help the Economy (AIER.org, October 22, 2019)

All I Want for Christmas is a Forged Passport (AIER.org, October 21, 2019)

The State is a Greasy-Hand Tourist (AIER.org, October 16, 2019)

The Wicked Politics of Cherry Tarffs (AIER.org, September 29, 2019)

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…the Speculator! (AIER.org, September 19, 2019)

Happy Birthday Deirdre McCloskey (AIER.org, September 11, 2019)

Price Gouging Laws Are Knowledge Embargoes That Should Be Repealed (Forbes.com, August 31, 2019)

Free Market Think Tank Crackdown Is A Setback for Freedom (Forbes.com, August 30, 2019)

Can Business Be Honorable? This Book Says “Yes” (Forbes.com, August 29, 2019)

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? (AIER.org, August 29, 2019)

Trade With China Benefits American Consumers (Forbes.com, August 9, 2019)

How Tragic is the Tragedy of the Commons? A Birthday Appreciation of Elinor Ostrom (Forbes.com, August 7, 2019)

How Do You Know You’re Not Getting Ripped Off? (AIER.org, August 5, 2019)

What is the Point of Jason Momoa’s Bodyguards? (AIER.org, August 4, 2019)

The Trouble With Big Plans and Grand Visions (AIER.org, August 3, 2019)

Milton Friedman: A Birthday Appreciation (AIER.org, July 31, 2019)

Looking for a Booze-Fueled Tour of the Unfree World? Try “Socialism Sucks” (Forbes.com, July 30, 2019)

The Prosperity Around You Is the Fruit of the Enlightenment (AIER.org, July 28, 2019)

(Industrial) Enlightenment Now! A Birthday Appreciation of Joel Mokyr (Forbes.com, July 26, 2019)

Bernie’s Lavor Pains: Three Takeaways (Forbes.com, July 24, 2019)

Barley and Beer: The Sam Adams Story (AIER.org, July 22, 2019)

Don’t Feel Bad About Using the Self Checkout (AIER.org, July 19, 2019)

The Past Is a Nice Place to Visit. You Wouldn’t Want to Live There. (AIER.org, July 18, 2019)

Externalities (Libertarianism.org, July 18, 2019)

The Capitalist Achievement of Recorded Music (AIER.org, July 17, 2019)

To Help Women, Should We Boycott Women’s Soccer? (AIER.org, July 14, 2019)

There Is No One Answer to Rule Them All (AIER.org, July 12, 2019)

Are Intelligent Machines Coming for Your Jobs and Your Wages? (Forbes.com, July 10, 2019)

Why I am Not a Socialist (AIER.org, July 9, 2019)

Government is Not a Wise Steward (AIER.org, July 3, 2019)

Thomas Sowell: A Birthday Appreciation (Forbes.com, June 30, 2019)

“The Most Brilliant Economic Journalist Who Ever Lived”: A Birthday Appreciation of Frederic Bastiat (Forbes.com, June 29, 2019)

Almost Everything People Say about Big Business Is Wrong (AIER.org, June 28, 2019)

Should We Get Rid of the Mortgage Interest Deduction? (Forbes.com, June 28, 2019)

If Student Loans Might Be Canceled, Why Not Borrow More? (Forbes.com, June 27, 2019)

LaCroix Cartels Are Unlikely, But Be Mindful of How Regulations Affect Incentives (Forbes.com, June 25, 2019)

Do “Food Deserts” Explain the Nutrition Gap? Maybe Not, Say Researchers (Forbes.com, June 21, 2019)

In Defense of Blowouts: People Respond to Incentives, Even on the Soccer Field (Forbes.com, June 6, 2019)

The Hidden Costs of a $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage (AIER.org, June 11, 2019)

The Market Is a Vast Network of Benevolence (AIER.org, June 2, 2019)

With Some Help From a Great Economist, Would Thanos Have Had a Different Endgame? (Forbes.com, May 31, 2019)

Semi-Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene (Forbes.com, May 30, 2019)

We’re All “These People” To Someone Else (Forbes.com, May 29, 2019)

I Left My Kids in the Car Alone for a Few Minutes. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next. (Forbes.com, May 27, 2019)

Read Hayek As If Your Children’s Lives Depend On It (AIER.org, May 10, 2019)

Should We Cap Credit Card Interest Rates at 15%? (Forbes.com, May 10, 2019)

Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” Shows Us That There’s More to Life Than Money (Forbes.com, May 7, 2019)

Is Higher Education a Moral Mess? This Book Explains Why (Forbes.com, May 1, 2019)

This Duke Dropout Could Reinvigorate the Study of Anthropology (AIER.org, April 30, 2019)

The Unending Creativity of the Spider-Verse (AIER.org, April 24, 2019)

Who Pays for Tariffs and Trade Restrictions? Consumers Do. (Forbes.com, April 22, 2019)

Another Stack of Books You Should Read (AIER.org, April 17, 2019)

Coffee Robots are Not Causing Homeless People to Starve (AIER.org, April 12, 2019)

Money Is a Humane Technology (AIER.org, April 9, 2019)

Walter E. Williams: A Birthday Appreciation (Forbes.com, March 31, 2019)

Why Will It Be So Hard To Pull The Plug on Amtrak? (Forbes.com, March 29, 2019)

Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Amtrak? (Forbes.com, March 26, 2019)

How Do Bankers Create Value? (AIER.org, March 26, 2019)

Is “Energy Independence” a Worthy Goal? (Forbes.com, March 22, 2019)

Mike Trout’s $426.5 Million Contract Probably Doesn’t Say What You Think About Society (Forbes.com, March 21, 2019)

Achievement Unlocked: Three Things to Celebrate at Age 40 (Forbes.com, March 19, 2019)

Abolish the Barber Board (AIER.org, March 13, 2019)

How Keith Flint Demonstrated that There are No Limits to Progress (AIER.org, March 5, 2019)

These Open Resources Will Help You Master Statistics (Forbes.com, February 28, 2019)

Rent Control Will Hurt Oregon Renters (Forbes.com, February 28, 2019)

Lobbying Is Like Robbing a Record Store (AIER.org, February 26, 2019)

Thriving as the NFL’s Minor League? Some Week Three Thoughts on the Alliance of American Football (Forbes.com, February 25, 2019)

How To Turn a Mild Weather Problem Into a Real Emergency (AIER.org, February 25, 2019)

Protip: IF They’re Working to Get You Fired, They’re Not Your Friends (Forbes.com, February 15, 2019)

Your City Should Say “No” To Stadium Subsidies and “Yes” to Money Fires (Forbes.com, February 3, 2019)

A Radical, Redistributive Re-imagining of Capitalism? (Forbes.com, February 5, 2019)

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (EconLog, February 1, 2019)

On Ayn Rand’s Birthday, Let’s Not Forget That Ideas Have Consequences (Forbes.com, February 1, 2019)

In Memoriam: Harold Demsetz, 1930-2019 (Forbes.com, January 8, 2019)

In Memoriam: Robert H. Nelson, 1944-2018 (Forbes.com, January 1, 2019)

Viva La Revolucion? Not So Much (Forbes.com, December 31, 2018)

What Does Bussing Your Own Restaurant Table Show About Minimum Wages? (Forbes.com, December 29, 2018)

Are Universities Ruining Students? These Authors Say “Yes” (Forbes.com, December 24, 2018)

Making Your Days Merry and Bright: Servers, Cashiers, and Shelf-Stockers are Holiday Heroes (Forbes.com, December 22, 2018)

Did Economist James M. Buchanan Support “Massive Resistance” to School Desegregation? (Forbes.com, December 21, 2018)

“Tariff Man” (to the Tune of “Piano Man”) (Forbes.com, December 4, 2018)

Are Millennials Killing Your Industry? Data Can Help You Deal With it. (Forbes.com, December 4, 2018)

Need to Fix Your Air Conditioner? Free Trade in Shrimp Can Help (Forbes.com, November 30, 2018)

Should We Punish Trade Cheaters? If Anything, We Should Thank Them (Forbes.com, November 28, 2018)

Why Are People So Divided About Immigration? We Speak Different Political Languages (Forbes.com, November 27, 2018)

What are You Thankful For? Here are Five Awesome Global Trends (Forbes.com, November 22, 2018)

What Can Sports Teach Us About Elections? (Forbes.com, November 7, 2018)

How Can We Make the Post-Election World Better? Here Are Three Ideas (Forbes.com, November 6, 2018)

How Do Your Kids Create Wealth By Trading Halloween Candy? (Forbes.com, November 2, 2018)

Happy Halloween! Do You Know Where Your Children Are? (Forbes.com, October 31, 2018)

How Can We Address Climate Change? Here are Three Ideas (Forbes.com, October 30, 2018)

How Can You Get Other People To Work For You? (October 25, 2018)

What Does Your Morning Commute Teach You About Voting? More Than You Think (Forbes.com, October 22, 2018)

Are We Serious About Reducing Poverty? Then We Need To Welcome Immigrants (Forbes.com, October 19, 2018)

Three Questions For Aspiring Central Planners (Plus a Message from C.S. Lewis!) (Forbes.com, October 18, 2018)

How Does Economics Help Us Make Better Policy? Here are Four Examples (October 17, 2018)

Preventing Price Gouging Will Make Hurricane Florence Damage Worse (Forbes.com, September 12, 2018)

Why Does Nick Saban Make More Than Your Economics Professor? (Forbes.com, August 31, 2018)

The Wealth-Creating Logic of Exchange is Pretty Simple. Here It Is. (Forbes.com, August 30, 2018)

How Does a Night at the Movies Compare to Other Options? (Forbes.com, August 29, 2018)

Presidential Power is a Powerful Problem (Forbes.com, August 28, 2018)

Rock Economics With These Big Ideas (Forbes.com, August 27, 2018)

Socialism? Refugees Use Their Feet to Vote “No” (Forbes.com, August 25, 2018)

Stop Sticking Taxpayers With the Trade War Tab (Forbes.com, August 23, 2018)

How Do You Grow Steel in South Dakota? (Forbes.com, July 30, 2018)

College Athletes Are Worth Millions. They Should Be Paid Like It. (Forbes.com, July 26, 2018)

With Twelve Billion Dollars We Could Buy So Much Voltron Cosplay (Forbes.com, July 26, 2018)

So Much Winning? Not So Much: Ordinary Americans Are Trade War Casualties (Forbes.com, July 24, 2018)

Do You Want Pirates? Because Trade Restrictions Are How You Get Pirates (Forbes.com, July 20, 2018)

Will A New Stadium Make Your City Richer? (Forbes.com, July 18, 2018)

Legalizing Pot Sales Means…Higher Home Values? (Forbes.com, July 17, 2018

The Right Respones to Trump’s Tough Trade Talk? Ignore It (Forbes.com, May 31, 2018)

Minimum Wages Might Mean Fewer Benefits, So Let’s Not #Fightfor15 (Forbes.com, May 25, 2018)

Should Schools Require Foreign Languages? Doubtful (Forbes.com, May 22, 2018)

Cut the Red Tape To Get More Affordable Housing (Forbes.com, May 12, 2018)

1,100+ Economists: No Trump Tariffs (Forbes.com, May 4, 2018)

Do Daycare Workers Need College Degrees? Adam Smith Probably Wouldn’t Think So (Forbes.com, April 30, 2018)

What Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” Teaches Us About the Insufficiency of Good Intentions (Forbes.com, April 23, 2018)

How Should We Think About Public Policy Proposals? Government-By-Unicorn (Forbes.com, April 20, 2018)

The Invisible Hand Brings Me Almonds (Forbes.com, April 16, 2018)

How Do the Arts Show That Economic Progress Has No Limits? (Forbes.com, April 11, 2018)

The Only Way to Win a Trade War is Not To Fight (Forbes.com, April 5, 2018)

Three PowerPoint Points (Forbes.com, April 4, 2018)

Wait–Is It Possible To Have Too Much Schooling? (Forbes.com, February 13, 2018)

Conspiracy and Condemnation (EconLog, August 4, 2017)

“Democracy in Chains” Is The Perfect Book for the Age of Trump. The Reasons Why Will Surprise You (Forbes.com, July 7, 2017)

I Just Read Calestous Juma’s Innovation and Its Enemies (Forbes.com, July 7, 2017)

Want To Be A Problem Solver? Network Well (Forbes.com, April 28, 2017)

This Christmas, Blame Supply And Demand For Your Expensive Gifts (LearnLiberty.org, December 22, 2016)

What Is the “Invisible Hand”? (Intercollegiate Review, Fall 2016)

What Policy Makers Should Learn from Broken Windows (Intercollegiate Review, Fall 2016)

The Economics Within Star Wars: The Force Awakens (LearnLiberty.org, October 30, 2016)

The Best Person To Plan Your Next Flight Is You (LearnLiberty.org, October 24, 2016)

France’s Burkini Ban Fights Islamic Oppression With Secular Oppression (LearnLiberty.org, October 21, 2016)

Yes, There’s An Envelope Lobby, And They’re More Powerful Than You Might Think
(LearnLiberty.org, October 18, 2016)

5 Ways Market Competition Can Reduce Global Poverty
(LearnLiberty.org, October 17, 2016)

Border Fences: Costlier Than The Problem?
(Forbes.com, October 17, 2016)

Tired Of Expensive Football Tickets? Blame Yourself
(LearnLiberty.org, October 10, 2016)

Elon Musk Is No Capitalist Hero, But He’s No Bond Villain Either
(LearnLiberty.org, October 9, 2016)

To Reduce Concussions in the NFL, Reduce the Amount of Equipment
(LearnLiberty.org, October 4, 2016)

Perhaps It’s Time To Revisit Hayek On Institutions
(Forbes.com, September 26, 2016)

What Economists Mean When They Say People Act “Rationally”
(LearnLiberty.org, September 23, 2016)

Despicable Me’s Gru Is an Example of the Entrepreneur No One Wants to Have Around
(LearnLiberty.org, September 16, 2016)

The Unspoken Truth About Government Policies That Are Supposed to Help People
(LearnLiberty.org, September 15, 2016)

Nintendo’s Rebooted NES Console a Nostalgic Reminder of Our Economic Progress
(LearnLiberty.org, September 8, 2016)

Let Kids Buy What They Want
(FEE.org, September 4, 2016)

Here’s Who I’m Blaming for Hamilton’s Exorbitant Ticket Prices
(LearnLiberty.org, August 16, 2016)

FBI’s Exoneration of Clinton Illustrates Danger of “Two Americas”
(LearnLiberty.org, August 14, 2016)

FBI’s Exoneration of Clinton Illustrates Danger of “Two Americas”
(LearnLiberty.org, August 9, 2016)

Getting Rid of Inheritances Still Wouldn’t Solve America’s Inequality Problem
(LearnLiberty.org, August 9, 2016)

Let Kids Buy What They Want
(FEE.org, July 19, 2016)

How Starbucks Saved My Hands and Taught Me about Economic Progress
(FEE.org, June 30, 2016)

Muhammad Ali Defeated A Lot Of Opponents. He Cannot, However, Defeat The Laws Of Supply And Demand.
(Forbes.com, June 10, 2016)

Do Immigrants Make Americans Worse Off?
(FEE.org, May 5, 2016)

Why Read Adam Smith?
(Intercollegiate Review, January 6, 2016)

If We Keep Our Ethical Wits, We Can See over into a Great Enrichment
(Independent.org, Winter 2016)

Uber In San Antonio
(Forbes.com, November 2, 2015)

Illegal Immigrants Don’t Lower Our Wages Or Take Our Jobs
(Forbes.com, August 28, 2015)

Review: Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics
(Independent.org, Winter 2015)

Ride Sharing Is More than Just Taxi Problems
(Independent.org, July 24, 2015)

Selected Lectures and Media

Autism Outreach speech with Andrew Reams
(Evolve Alabama, October 9, 2016)

Entrepreneurial Ways to Secure Research Funding
(Institute for Humane Studies, July 14, 2016)

Why You Need Your Own Academic “Elevator Pitch”
(Institute for Humane Studies, July 6, 2016)

Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Creates Prosperity
(Macmillan Learning, January 4, 2016)

Should College Athletes Be Paid?
(LearnLiberty, January 14, 2015)

Dr. Art Carden on Reweaving Shalom in the Marketplace
(Charleston Southern University School of Business, March 25, 2015)

Should We Subsidize Scientific Research?
(LearnLiberty, January 28, 2015)

Should We Regulate Fishing?
(LearnLiberty, December 31, 2014)

Should the Government Subsidize Silly Walks?
(LearnLiberty, July 2, 2014)

Specialization and Trade: Because We Can’t be
Good at Everything

(LearnLiberty, July 9, 2013)

Existentialist School of Economics
(LearnLiberty, April 1, 2013)

The Bourgeois Era: Why Some People are Rich
While Others are Poor

(OrdemLivre, March 27, 2013)

The John Stossel Show
(Fox Business, November 1, 2012)

The John Stossel Show
(Fox Business, July 26, 2012)

On the Record with Art Carden
(Birmingham News, July 15, 2012)

Freedom Watch
(Fox Business, April 18, 2012)

Fiscal Fitness
(The Blaze TV, March 14, 2012)

Regulating Sugar
(OnPoint – NPR Boston, March 1, 2012)

The Story of Broke Response
(LearnLiberty, January 13, 2012) 

Waltonomics: Wal-Mart and Society
(MTSU, November 28, 2011)

Haiku: The Laws of Supply and Demand
(LearnLiberty, March 31, 2011)

Common Objections to Capitalism
(Copenhagen Business School, April 24, 2010)

Waltonomics: Walmart and Society

(St. Lawrence University, February 25, 2010)

Common Objections to Capitalism, Part II
(Radio Free Market, January 9, 2010)

Common Objections to Capitalism, Part I
(Radio Free Market, December 5, 2009)

Production and the Firm
(Ludwig von Mises Institute, July 28, 2009)

The views expressed on this website are those of Art Carden and do not in any way constitute the official views of Samford University, the Brock School of Business, the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, the Mises Institute, the Independent Institute, the Beacon Center of Tennessee, the American Institute for Economic Research, or any organization with which I am or have ever been affiliated.