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Interview on California’s Fast-Food Minimum Wage Law

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I was interviewed on National University’s podcast on the topic of California’s fast-food minimum wage law that took effect on April 1st.  The minimum wage for many fast-food workers was increased from $16 per hour (which is the minimum wage that applies to all workers in California) to $20 per hour.  I discuss the effects of the law with a colleague from National University.  I argue that minimum wage laws are both economically harmful and immoral.  Here is the link to the podcast.

Presentation on International Trade and Immigration

Here is a link to a presentation I recently made on international trade and immigration to an Iranian-American retiree group in San Diego: presentation.  Here is a link to the PowerPoint slides I used in the presentation. Here are a few resources for further reading on international trade and immigration and on which the presentation was, in part, based:

John Cochrane, “Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt Trade, and Trade Is a Good Thing – Really,” March 5, 2018.

Benjamin Powell, “The Trump Policy that Will ‘Shrink the Economy and Make the U.S. Poorer,’” November 18, 2016.

George Reisman, “Globalization: The Long-Run Big Picture,” November 17, 2006.

George Reisman, Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics (Ottawa, IL: Jameson Books, 1996), pp. 350-356, 362-366.

Brian P. Simpson, A Declaration and Constitution for a Free Society: Making the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution Fully Consistent with the Protection of Individual Rights (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2021), pp. 177-180 and 197-200.


Presentation on Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy

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I made a presentation on Ayn Rand’s political philosophy to the John Galt School England on November 6, 2023.  It was a webinar organized by a Students for Liberty group.  There were about 15 students in attendance, they were very enthusiastic to learn about Ayn Rand’s ideas, and they had many good questions.  It was great to see young adults eager to learn about Objectivism.  For a recording of the session, click here.

Response to a Critic of A Declaration and Constitution for a Free Society

I recently had a paper published in the International Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship, Social Science, and Humanities.  The article is a response to a review of my book, A Declaration and Constitution for a Free Society, published in the fall 2021 issue of American Political Thought and written by Scott Douglas Gerber.  Gerber’s review was not a serious or honest attempt to review the book.  I demonstrate this in my response and help readers understand not only the content of the book but the nature of individual rights and freedom.

One issue I address that was raised by Gerber in his review is the effect of regulation on the U.S. economy.  Gerber embraces the idea in his review that the U.S. economy will collapse if the ability of Congress to regulate the economy through the Commerce Clause is eliminated.  I discuss why this is not true and refer the reader to other sources for a complete argument on the topic.  I also address issues, raised by Gerber, pertaining to the age at which one should be eligible to run for president of the United States, the tax system, and God and the Declaration of Independence.  See my response here.

The Daily Objective Podcast

I was interviewed today on The Daily Objective podcast, hosted by James Valliant, on my book A Declaration and Constitution for a Free Society and topics related to the book.  Listen to the interview here.

Lessons from a Review of A Declaration and Constitution for a Free Society

A response to a review of my book was recently published in Capitalism Magazine.  Here is the first paragraph of the response:

The economist Randall Holcombe reviewed my book A Declaration and Constitution for a Free Society in the summer 2021 issue of The Independent Review. (Holcombe, 2021)  While there are some statements in the review that I agree with, there are many with which I disagree, including some misrepresentations of arguments in the book.  I have provided a brief response to his review in the winter 2021/22 issue of The Independent Review. (Simpson, 2021/22)  However, there is much more to be said in response to the review.  This response will help readers better understand the content of the book as well as the nature of rights and freedom and how to protect them.

For the rest of the response, go here.

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