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No, what they need is more freedom, argues Julian Adorney in this Freeman piece today. Poor people would benefit directly from more freedom because government regulations often impede their efforts at improving themselves. They would also benefit indirectly, as greater freedom for other people would have beneficial consequences for them: more and better-paying job opportunities,Continue Reading
The Pope Center is ecstatic that our good friend Bob Paquette, a history professor at Hamilton College in upstate New York, is this year’s winner of the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Award. Bob has been an unheralded giant for many years in the fight to restore objective inquiry and ideas supporting liberty to academia. In 2006, heContinue Reading
Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey has a very good post about Common Core here. He concludes that the “end game” for this gambit is “complete federal control by connecting national standards and tests to federal funding.” You might view it as the educational equivalent of using Obamacare as the path to a “single payer” system. And inContinue Reading
Econ professor Sandy Ikeda has done it again — another sharp Freeman column exploring mistaken economic thinking. This time he observes that politicians usually ignore the fact of scarcity and that it necessitates making trade-offs. The particular focus of his piece is the proposal in New York City for a zero traffic deaths goal.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., shares with Wall Street Journal readers his analysis of the United Auto Workers’ latest loss in a vote at a Chattanooga Volkswagen plant. Picture an election where an entity is given nearly unfettered access to voters for two years and then is allowed to call for a surprise vote withContinue Reading
Ira Stoll gives nine cogent reasons in this Reason piece. They’re all good, but I’m especially fond of #6, relating to the morality of using the force of government to dictate (and change) the terms of contracts. People should be free to make their own contracts without the government inserting itself.
Paris-based writer and entrepreneur Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry warns readers in the latest edition of Commentary magazine that this country is transforming itself in ways that are uncomfortably familiar to the French. In France, what ultimately defines a man’s worth is that he have some official status, whether it’s conferred by a degree from a prestigious institution,Continue Reading