Topic: Policy

What if the First Great Age of Globalization Began 100 Years Earlier?

– December 9, 2023

“Given that the first era of globalization is tied in the imagination of many to rising and converging living standards, this argument amounts to saying that living standards could have surged earlier had free trade been more popular.” ~Vincent Geloso

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After Veterans Day

– December 6, 2023

“One would be hard-pressed to defend a military action in recent decades that has had a demonstrably immediate connection to protecting our way of life.” ~Paul Schwennesen

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Trade-offs: The Ugly Truths of School Finance 

– November 3, 2023

“Perhaps expanding school choice could encourage districts to set their house in order. Maybe a renewed focus on financial accountability could help stem the tide of nonsense.” ~Garion Frankel

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The Biden Administration’s Artificial Intelligence Rent-Seeking Play

– November 2, 2023

“Political incentives being what they are, these evaluations of safety will be used to redirect and tweak AI models towards the priorities of the current administration.” ~Paul Mueller

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Oh, SNAP

– October 11, 2023

“People make food choices based on a variety of factors, including taste, convenience, and price. Simply paying people to eat more fruits and vegetables is unlikely to change these underlying factors.” ~Antony Davies

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Joe Biden, Shifty Economists, and the Big Lie

– October 10, 2023

“America’s federal tax system remains steeply progressive, and no politically motivated data manipulation will ever alter that fact.” ~Phil Magness

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Economic Freedom of the World: US Improves While Hong Kong Falls

– October 7, 2023

“As the US strives to enhance its economic freedom, the country would be wise to heed the lessons offered by Singapore’s rise and Hong Kong’s fall.” ~Vance Ginn

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New Studies Show How Business Taxes Hurt Average Americans

– October 7, 2023

“Congress’s new tax increases on business couldn’t come at a worse time: right when business is still recovering from the supply-chain shocks of the pandemic and wages fail to keep pace with inflation.” ~Jason Sorens

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Lina Khan’s Anti-Progress Paradox

– October 5, 2023

“If Amazon can be sued by the FTC for the success it has achieved in catering to customers and enabling the sales of third-party sellers, what chance does a small business have for crafting its own strategies and having autonomy over its own operations and distribution networks?” ~Kimberlee Josephson

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Thomas Sowell, Social Justice Fallacies 

– October 3, 2023

“We might agree that ‘equal chances for all’ would be desirable. But that in no way guarantees that we have either the knowledge or the power required to make that goal attainable.” ~Gary M. Galles

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Price Controls Don’t Fight Inflation: 40 Centuries of Evidence

– October 3, 2023

“Price controls do not stop inflation; they only make things worse. If prices are going up, it’s either because monetary policy is too loose or because the economy suffered a decline in productivity.”

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Reaching Across the Aisle for the Bill of Rights: Learning from a Political Odd Couple

– September 29, 2023

“If Americans want to expand and guarantee protections for free speech, they can gain inspiration from the contributions of Republican Alfred Landon and Socialist Norman Thomas.” ~David Beito

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