About: Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

Of Brexit and tribalism

Timothy P. Carney does a good job explaining that the ill of “tribalism” blamed for the UK voting to leave the European Union actually applies to both sides of the issue. (Which naturally makes sense, even if the epithet-hurlers think they’re from the We Are All in Agreement That We’re Not Tribal tribe.) Carney writes: “Tribalism”Continue Reading

Charity vs. the Narrative

There is a charitable clinic and women’s resource center in Raleigh that provides the following free physician-quality pregnancy testing free ultrasounds free STD testing free counseling free classes in life skills free post-abortion counseling Here is how ABC 11, the News & Observer, and WRAL describe such a resource: ‘anti-abortion group’ or ‘anti-abortion center’ This charitableContinue Reading

Graphing energy’s budget bite on NC’s poor

As discussed here frequently, most recently in my Spotlight report on “Natural Gas: Low-cost energy source that curbs emissions and land impacts“: Electricity is not a luxury item, however. It is a basic human need. Electricity provision in North Carolina is from a monopoly provider. There is no choice in provider. A household is dictated itsContinue Reading

Why solar and wind are the most expensive way to reduce emissions

The most important consideration in electricity provision is cost to consumers. Electricity is a basic human need. In North Carolina that need gets met by a monopoly provider. There is, however, this idea that electricity provision is about creating more jobs and cutting emissions. (If you think about it for a second, you will see how thatContinue Reading

Economist: ‘Capitalism is good for the poor’

The greatest beneficiaries of capitalism are those at the bottom of the income ladder. That’s why I favor capitalism. Were that not the case, I would not be in favor of capitalism. Milton Friedman feels the same way. — Nobel laureate economist Gary Becker Free enterprise is the most effective antipoverty tool known to man. For whatever reason,Continue Reading

There are many ways to ensure safety without the policy extreme of occupational licensing

Reforming occupational licensing is one of those rare political ideas that unites right, left, and center. But it faces fierce opposition from the highly self-interested cronies, which to anyone who knows public-choice economics means it’s a hard slog. Earlier this month, for example, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, wrote an editorial in the Washington Post entitledContinue Reading

More Americans choose nasty, brutish tribalism. Is hope lost?

Ben Shapiro writes elegantly on a subject that has been on my mind as well: America’s descent into tribalism. Unlike most in media, Shapiro recognizes that tribalism isn’t a brand-new threat to America. He shows that it was always a menace, one that the founders kept at bay with checks and balances, but which erupted fromContinue Reading

People prefer cars to light rail. Even other people’s cars.

John, the kind of control you’re attempting simply is … it’s not possible. If there is one thing the history of economics has taught us it’s that the entrepreneurial spirit will not be contained. It breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but …. Well, there it is.Continue Reading

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