About: Jon Sanders

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

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

You might be a ‘progressive’ if …

… you grasp onto a non-peer-reviewed study that puts forth the idea that hotter days are bad for the economy, then argues on the enthymematically flimsy basis of “if the world continues on its current path of greenhouse gas emissions [Premise A1], even warmer temperatures later this century will squeeze the U.S. economy by tensContinue Reading

N&O: Reductio ad Kocham again

“Apparently in the Monopoly game of liberal argumentation, invoking the name of Koch (or, for that matter, Pope) is treated like drawing a Get Out of Fail Free card.” — written here 11/20/13 and quoted here 11/26/13 My colleagues Terry Stoops and Rick Henderson have already pretty well dispatched the exceptional silliness in the articleContinue Reading

You might be a ‘progressive’ if …

… you think the purpose of holidays is for causing political arguments with your other family members. “Everything is political,” so you plan ahead to harangue your “incorrect” relatives (as if such boorish behavior could ever be persuasive). This week has seen a flourishing of tips on how to lecture your family on “progressive” politicsContinue Reading

Again, NC didn’t start offering film incentives till 2005

You can almost count upon op-eds and editorials written in favor of keeping North Carolina’s film incentives to cite popular, well-known North Carolina productions such as “Bull Durham” (1988), “Dirty Dancing” (1987), “Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Dawson’s Creek” (1998-2003), etc. in making their case. Even though those examples preceded the incentives by years, evenContinue Reading

How overregulation invites the Nothing

Today’s newsletter discusses the obliteration of commerce wrought by overregulation, big and small. The small include a handful of state and local regulatory actions in recent news. The big include a finding by Appalachian State’s John Dawson and N.C. State’s John Seater that “GDP at the end of 2011 would have been $53.9 trillion insteadContinue Reading

See? Babies are little socialists. And you heard it here first.

“Science Says Your Baby Is a Socialist” — Mother Jones headline, Nov. 18, 2014. But if you’ve been reading the Locker Room for the last decade, you already knew that. I wrote here back on March 22, 2006, in response to the question Don’t you think there’s a little socialist in all of us? Yeah;Continue Reading

He doesn’t panic for UNC

UNC-Chapel Hill Sinecure Occupant Gene “When I call it breathtaking stupidity and a moral failing to keep poor kids in a bad education environment, I don’t mean give them any choice in schools or worse a Hope Scholarship” Nichol has grasped the election results in North Carolina. He realizes how bad it was for theContinue Reading

WUNC asks for your favorite NC film; only 1 of 17 received incentives

First off, WUNC’s poll has nothing to do with film incentives that I can tell. I just find it interesting that 14 of the 17 “North Carolina movies” WUNC identified were made before the state got involved in the race to the bottom of offering tax incentives to film production companies. Two others were madeContinue Reading

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