Daniel Hager is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the author of several Viewpoint commentaries.

Marketplace or Morality Play?

Federal "Anti-Fat" Bill Nothing But Meddlesome Pork

Too many Americans are too overweight, according to some U.S. senators. Their recently introduced bill to make us slimmer is a breathtaking example of meddlesome social engineering—according to 19th-century economist Frédéric Bastiat. … more

The Muckrakers Reconsidered

According to the conventional (but false) version of history, the so-called muckrakers of a century ago shined the light on the nefarious excesses of capitalism and ushered in the age of benevolent government regulation. … more

Are More Laws the Answer to Corporate Scandals?

Corrupt activity by corporate executives is on the way out now. Congress is passing new legislation to put tighter clamps on business. That’ll solve the problem. Or will it? … more

Would You Like Taxes with That?

The federal government has found a new crisis: It is America’s “obesity epidemic.” Something must be done, and naturally government must do it. … more

The Other Meaning of Arbor Day

J. Sterling Morton, who established Arbor Day in 1872, fought protectionist economic policies that allowed lumber companies to deplete forests and charge Americans a "bounty" in the form of inflated prices. As Americans celebrate the holiday this April 26, they should remember this feisty champion of impartial economic policies and small, efficient government. … more

Michigan Settlers vs. Malaria, or How the Midwest Was Won

A wet and rainy spring has translated into another Michigan summer full of swarming mosquitoes. But current residents have it much better than their 19th-century forebears did. Early generations of Michiganians suffered terribly from widespread outbreaks of malaria, until thousands of square miles of wetlands were drained to drastically reduce the habitat of the disease-carrying mosquitoes. … more

A Grand (Hotel) Lesson in Free Enterprise

The International Monetary Fund 's efforts to bail out failing foreign economies with American tax dollars harm not only thoseeconomies but also Michigan workers whose jobs depend on exported goods. … more

Food Irradiation: Markets or Mandates?

Astronauts and people in 28 countries eat food made safer by exposure to small doses of bacteria-killing radiation. Why aren't more American consumers able to take advantage of this potentially life-saving technology? … more

The Rediscovery of Booker T. Washington: Lessons for Black History Month

Booker T. Washington's formula for entrepreneurial success-strong character and an "I can do it" attitude-is undergoing a revival among black inner city students. … more