Economy (page 112)

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    Duke’s Munger labels Locke first ‘modern’ economist

    The 17th-century British philosopher John Locke is known for his major political influence on the American Founders. He’s less known as an early advocate of principles that have become part of modern economics. In commemoration of Locke’s 385th birthday, Duke University professor Michael Munger highlighted Locke’s economic thought during a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 29, 2017
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    What Would YOU Do If You Were Jasna Bukvic?

    “You shouldn’t need a license just to talk about makeup,” says Jasna Bukvic. With the help of the Institute for Justice, Jasna is suing the state of North Carolina, which says she must have one in order to teach people how to apply makeup. Watch Jasna describe the ridiculous…
    Donna Martinez, August 29, 2017
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    A focus on skills-based immigration

    Reihan Salam presents a case at National Review Online for an immigration system based on immigrants’ skills. Shortly after Arkansas senator Tom Cotton and Georgia senator David Perdue released the RAISE Act, a bill that would, among other things, sharply reduce legal-immigration levels, it occurred to me that…
    Mitch Kokai, August 29, 2017
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    Separation of business and state

    Dan Mitchell wants to see it. He explains why in an International Liberty column. I don’t want companies to do well because the CEOs cozy up to politicians. If entrepreneurs and corporations are going to be rolling in money, I want that to happen because they are providing…
    Mitch Kokai, August 28, 2017
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    Price Gouging Laws

    This is an excerpt from two different sections of North Carolina’s Price Control Laws: Harming Those They are Meant to Help, a monograph that I wrote for the Locke Foundation over a decade ago. It’s relevance to the current moment should be obvious. North Carolina’s Price Gouging Law—Prices Too High North…
    Roy Cordato, August 27, 2017
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    Cordato: President Trump Goes After Consumers With Amazon Tweet

    JLF’s Roy Cordato takes on this presidential tweet: “Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt – many jobs being lost!” – President Donald Trump What’s wrong with that? A lot, writes Cordato. The power to satisfy…
    Donna Martinez, August 25, 2017
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    Tackling the ‘otherwise people will die’ argument

    Michael Tanner uses his latest National Review Online column to debunk a common theme in the argument for big government. It has become the go-to policy argument for many liberals and the media: People will die. Repeal Obamacare . . . and people will die. Cut any social-welfare…
    Mitch Kokai, August 24, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on legislators’ reaction to this week’s public hearing on electoral redistricting. Lindsay Marchello reports on a dispute surrounding government licensing for a makeup school. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal questions a new study that suggests more physical sickness translates into greater…
    Mitch Kokai, August 24, 2017