Spencer P. Morrison

About Spencer P. Morrison

Spencer P. Morrison is a writer and author of Bobbins, Not Gold. He is the editor-in-chief of the National Economics Editorial. Follow him on Twitter @SPMorrison_.

Yes, Ben Shapiro is Still Wrong on Tariffs. Here’s Why

Ben Shapiro likes to say, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” Shapiro on Thursday responded to my article “Why Ben Shapiro is Wrong on Free Trade” with his own piece: “Yes, Tariffs Are Still Stupid. Here’s Why.” He also talked about my article on the “Ben Shapiro Show.” Shapiro made it crystal clear:

By | 2018-03-19T07:10:28+00:00 March 19th, 2018|

Why Trump is Right About Tariffs

In 1988, Donald Trump told Oprah Winfrey that America was being “ripped off” by its trading partners. Nearly 2 million Americans lost their manufacturing jobs between 1979 and 1988 to cheap, government-backed Japanese competitors. Oprah’s audience applauded. Three decades later nothing has changed: America lost 5 million more manufacturing jobs, and Trump is

By | 2018-03-07T11:52:20+00:00 March 6th, 2018|

California’s Paradox: More Immigration, More Poverty

California is a land of untold opulence. Hollywood's glitter dazzles the gawking masses, while the world's most profitable companies, Google, Apple, and Facebook, funnel cash into the Golden State from every corner of the earth. And yet California is also desperately poor. One-in-five Californians live in poverty, the state's income inequality is worse

By | 2018-02-15T22:00:47+00:00 February 15th, 2018|

In Defense of Monopolies

Economists love words. They have a word for just about everything, and if they don’t then they’ll make one up. Economics is rife with jargon. But there are some words you just can’t say. There are bad words. Dangerous words. Tariff! That’s the big one. No matter the context, tariff is always a

By | 2018-01-24T13:46:01+00:00 January 24th, 2018|

The Democrats’ Dilemma: Immigration and the Welfare State

The Democrats used to be the party of the working class: they supported trade unions and believed in the welfare state. Their goal was to smoothe capitalism's rougher edges, to humanize modern industrialism, and to give the common man a fair shake. One may find fault with their methods, but their stated goals

By | 2018-01-16T15:10:26+00:00 January 16th, 2018|

No, America’s Farmers Don’t Depend on Illegal Immigration

Liberals frame the debate over illegal immigration as a dilemma: either America grants amnesty to aliens or the economy will collapse. Some even imply that Americans will starve to death because of higher food prices—who would pick America’s fruits and veggies if not illegals? Bruce Goldstein, president of a nonprofit called Farmworker Justice,

By | 2018-01-12T23:07:35+00:00 January 13th, 2018|

Why Carbon Taxes Actually Increase Global Emissions

As the hysteria over global warming heats up, carbon taxes have become the “cool” option. Environmentalists love them. So do politicians, who are more than happy to raise taxes while scoring political points. Carbon taxes, or other analogous pricing schemes, are now prevalent in Western Europe, and are making headway in North America.

By | 2017-12-06T11:54:46+00:00 December 6th, 2017|