About: Roy Cordato

VP for research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Roy Cordato

You’ve got to love NC’s alcohol laws—NOT!

I recently tried to use a voucher that I received for purchases from an online wine distributor. After entering the voucher number and the state where I reside the following message came up. Sorry, the state of North Carolina won’t allow you to use this voucher because of some quaint alcohol regulations. I must sayContinue Reading






Did the Iowa caucus break the cronyism ceiling?

Reason.com’s Jacob Sullum points out what could, from a free market perspective, be the most important result of Monday’s Iowa Caucus–a candidate that favors the elimination of ethanol subsidies and mandates won. It has been traditionally thought that no one who openly opposes the subsidies could possibly win in this state which has been aContinue Reading






Self funding–what would public choice theory predict?

The claim is often made that self funding of one’s political campaign ameliorates the influence of all the special interests who might otherwise be contributing to the candidate’s efforts.  The candidate is beholden to no one, or so the claim goes. But is this really the case? In fact, public choice theory, which, in part,Continue Reading






F.A. Hayek nails it on cronyism–1947

“The fact is that almost everywhere the groups which pretend to oppose socialism at the same time support policies which, if the principles on which they are based were generalized, would no less lead to socialism than the avowedly socialist policies. There is some justification at least in the taunt that many of the pretending defenders of “freeContinue Reading






N&O op ed from UNC Econ head fails to prove his point

In today’s N&O there was an op ed written by Patrick Conway, the chair of the economics department at UNC-Chapel Hill. He pointed to two, what he saw as disappointing statistics regarding unemployed workers in North Carolina and suggested in his conclusion that changes in the unemployment insurance program that went into effect in 2013 were toContinue Reading






The 97% consensus on global warming exposed






N&O report/advocacy piece way off on 2015 temperature data

In a front page article by WFU journalism professor Justin Catanoso that was riddled with errors and distortions it was declared that this year was the warmest year on record. Well the satellite data, which is considered to be the most accurate and complete global temperature record, is out. Global average temperatures for 2015 willContinue Reading






You might be a campus progressive if…

…in the midst of terror attacks around the world and shootings on college campuses the term “safe zone” means to you a place where you don’t have to hear any speech by your fellow students that could possibly make you uncomfortable.






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