The Future Is Now: Europe’s Power Market to Start Blockchain Trading This Year

– July 24, 2017

Some of Europe’s biggest electricity operators plan to start trading on a blockchain platform before the end of this year, although a collision with the European Union’s regulatory apparatus remains a possibility. E.ON, Enel, and Engie are among the co …

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Tradeoff Between Decentralization and Scale Puts Bitcoin to the Test

– July 21, 2017

With the meteoric rise of Bitcoin over the past few years, the seams of the system have begun to strain.

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Economic Development on the Blockchain

– July 18, 2017

Blockchain technology introduces a portfolio of options that may enable critical steps toward economic development.

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Another Court Blow to Freedom

– July 17, 2017

The free market — indeed, a free society — is founded on individual rights, including the right to one’s justly acquired property. If the government’s rules regarding the use and disposal of property are “flexible,” a free society is doomed. 

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Counterrevolution: Bitcoin Startups Stifled by Regulation

– July 14, 2017

The American Revolution is still being fought, and the Washington-based administrative state is the biggest enemy.

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Market-Based Medical Care for All

– July 13, 2017

Uncertainty surrounding Obamacare and the Republican effort to reform its health-insurance rules has given an opening to those who want the government to be the sole payer of Americans’ medical bills.

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The Never-Ending Woes of State Enterprise

– July 12, 2017

History is something you can try to escape, but sometimes you can’t, as millions of train riders find out every day. They can’t escape Penn Station falling apart along with Amtrak, New York City commuter railroads, and the New York City subways. Every …

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Texans May Be Writing Gold-Backed Checks Early Next Year

– June 30, 2017

Texans’ writing checks as good as gold is just a few months from reality. In June, Texas state authorities selected the builder/operator and administrator for a depository that will store gold and other precious metals. The builder/operator, Austin-bas …

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The Minimum Wage: Bad for Low-Skilled Workers

– June 30, 2017

The movement to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour has suffered a blow with a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper evaluating the recent experience in Seattle, Wash. The paper by Ekaterina Jardim and four other University …

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Separating Student Aid and Student Debt

– June 27, 2017

Borrowing for education has more than doubled in the last 20 years, from $42.6 billion for the 1995–96 school year to $106.8 billion in 2015–16, although that figure has fallen from the $124.2 billion peak in 2010–11 (all reported values in 2015 dollar …

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Privatization Is the Best Infrastructure Program

– June 26, 2017

President Trump has begun to flesh out his promise to rebuild America’s infrastructure. His planned “massive investment … will be matched by significant private, state, and local dollars,” Trump said on June 8. The administration has also pledged to of …

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Mandated Paid Family Leave Harms Its Intended Beneficiaries

– June 26, 2017

Business decisions should be made in the marketplace, not in the halls of government.

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