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Donald Boudreaux


 received a PhD in economics from Auburn University in 1986 with a thesis on “Contracting, Organization, and Monetary Instability: Studies in the Theory of the Firm.” He received a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992.[2]

Boudreaux was an Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University from 1985 to 1989. He was an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Economics at Clemson University from 1992 to 1997, and President of the Foundation for Economic Education from 1997 to 2001. He is now Professor of Economics at George Mason University, where he served as chairman of the Economic Department from 2001 to 2009.

During the Spring 1996 semester he was an Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at the Cornell Law School.[2] Boudreaux is now an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank.[3]

He is the author of the 2007 book Globalization (Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics) and 2012 book Hypocrites and Half-Wits.[4]

He contributes a column twice a month to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review[5] and blogs at the Cafe Hayek website under the name Don Boudreaux.

Quotation of the Day…

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 03:54 AM PST

(Don Boudreaux)

… is from page one of Philip Hamburger’s timely 2014 book, Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (footnote deleted):

The federal government traditionally bound the people only through acts of Congress and judgments of the courts.  In other words, to constrain liberty, the executive ordinarily had to rely on the other branches of government – it had to persuade the representatives of the people to enact a rule, and it had to persuade independent judges and juries to apply the rule.

Nowadays, however, the executive acts against Americans though its own legislation and adjudication.  This administrative action, whether legislative or judicial, is known as “administrative law,” and the executive relies on it to constrain Americans in all aspects of their lives, political, economic, social, and personal.

Administrative law thereby has transformed American government and society.  Although this mode of power is unrecognized by the Constitution, it has become the government’s primary mode of controlling Americans, and it increasingly imposes profound restrictions on their liberty.  It therefore is time to reconsider the lawfulness of administrative law.