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Don’t Believe Olympic-Bid Estimates

– April 4, 2018

It is not just Canada; every single Olympic Games for which data was available exploded its budget, without exception. The Olympics are so grossly miscalculated that the authors concluded that they “have the highest average cost overrun of any type of mega-project.”

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Why Banks Should Fear Amazon

– March 31, 2018

During the last two decades, Amazon has transformed from exclusively selling books online to offering products that are used by more than half of US households.

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Subsidized Daycare: Good for Campaigns, Bad for Children and Taxpayers

– March 30, 2018

Quebec’s subsidized daycare program is a prime example of policies that sound good for political campaigns but are detrimental when implemented.

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Clueless Feds Show Why Gun Policy Should Be Local

– March 29, 2018

Instead of virtue signaling to constituents and turning to the federal government to solve every problem under the sun, policymakers should work to find more decentralized solutions.

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Driverless Boats Will Transform Life on Sea and Land

– March 29, 2018

Lost in the talk about autonomous cars and trucks are discussions of the of advances in automation on the high seas. In coming years, the world’s first autonomous boats will leave their dry docks.

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The Reason Congress Won’t Control Spending

– March 27, 2018

The crucial answer: the federal government has access to a printing press that can run without limit. The Federal Reserve is the reason. This is why their default risk premium on US debt is completely unlike that of Illinois, Microsoft, or you and me. 

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Internet Sales Tax Favors Big Business, Impedes New Entrants

– March 27, 2018

For retail giants such as Amazon and Walmart, an internet sales tax is a dream come true in their quest to crush the competition. 

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Terminally Ill Patients Deserve the Right to Try

– March 26, 2018

For the sake of progress and common decency, it’s high time that policymakers reconsider the FDA’s role in the approval process for medical treatments.

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We Created Our Own Data Breach

– March 26, 2018

I seriously doubt there will ever be another Facebook. The solutions of the future will be decentralized. Already, most of us run a half dozen – or maybe several dozen – apps in our suites of software that allow chat, sharing, conversations, groups, and so on. The competition will never end, and we will all learn to find joy in the ongoing process of innovation and choice. This is how it should be. Maybe at the end of this, we’ll find the right balance between the privacy we desire and the notoriety we crave. For impossible jobs such as this, I wouldn’t trust the FTC to fix the problem. You have to leave it to the market.

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Debunking the Statist Account of US History

– March 21, 2018

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History raised considerable controversy at the time of its release, above all, from mainstream academic circles. This comes as no surprise, considering that the field has been dominated by statist intellectuals of all stripes over the past century or so.

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Lift the Occupational-Licensing Blockade on Louisiana

– March 19, 2018

Louisiana should make it easier for low- and moderate-income workers to become florists, bartenders, barbers, and many of the 77 occupations that require an occupational license.

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If You Can’t Beat Foreign Competitors, Copy Them

– March 19, 2018

The “sweet spot” that facilitates spillover effects occurs with foreign firms with local market focus and highly tangible assets. Although the results are not uniform, this new research shows that far from being detrimental, foreign companies keep local ones on their toes, as locals search for ever better ways to serve customers and piggyback on newly observed strategies.

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