I assembled this resource page to accompany my video refuting the Salon article “Ron Paul’s Phony Populism”:
On the SEC, see Robert P. Murphy, “The SEC Makes Wall Street More Fraudulent.”
On the Federal Reserve, see my articles “Life with the Fed: Sunshine and Lollipops?” and “Smashed Yglesias,” as well as chapter 4 of Rollback, my eleventh book. See also my video “Economic Cycles Before the Fed.” (You can also find discussions of Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank in that book, as well as a general refutation of the we’d-all-be-dead-without-Joe-Biden version of progressivism that attributes all the benefits of civilization to the state.)
On the author’s claim that to oppose the welfare state is to oppose Judeo-Christian morality, see this merciless pummeling of that argument.
On how the market, not the state, yields improvements in our material condition, and why it is to the market that we likewise owe improvements in working conditions and the abolition of child labor, see this video:
On the cabinet departments I didn’t mention in the video, see these links on the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Interior (obviously the federal lands used for recreational purposes and for nature preserves, etc., could be maintained perfectly well, and almost certainly much better, by nature conservancies and the like), and the Department of Energy.
On science, technology, government, and the free market, see Terence Kealey, The Economic Laws of Scientific Research; chapter 6 of Rollback, which covers a great many topics, includes a summary and discussion of Kealey’s arguments.
On why medical costs are so high, see Vijay Boyapati, “What’s Really Wrong with the Healthcare Industry.”