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    Dignity and respect in public policy

    What did the teachers gathered in Raleigh last week have in common with Pres. Donald Trump, besides an affinity for red clothing? The teachers’ union called the walkout a “Rally for Respect,” not just pay. And Trump’s campaign to “Make America Great Again” was seen as a way to restore…
    Joseph Coletti, May 22, 2018
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    Cheaper Alternative to Braces Has Orthodontists Running Scared

    Let’s say you want your kid to have braces, but you’re struggling with the prospect of being charged $5,000 to $8,000 for the service, most of which you’re likely to pay out of pocket. Thanks to innovators, you don’t have to break the bank to have straight teeth. Alternatives to…
    Donna Martinez, May 4, 2018
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    Property rights in urban America

    Gary Libecap has spent a career examining property rights and the environment—water, fisheries, land surveying, and mineral rights, among other topics. In his current working paper he argues that America’s grant of rights to the mineral wealth of land on the frontier contributed to the country’s dynamism, but…
    Joseph Coletti, May 1, 2018
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    “Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. I know I’d find a gap in the market somewhere.”

    I’m drawn to people who see things differently. Who look past — and around — what everyone else sees. People who see opportunity. People who prefer to try new ways of doing things rather than being smothered by those who defend the same old thing. CNBC asked five very wealthy…
    Donna Martinez, May 1, 2018
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    Herschel Walker: Risk-Taking, Job-Creating Entrepeneur

    Great story about the man many of us know as an NFL great. Herschel Walker is now a competitor of a different kind, providing jobs to more than 800 people at several different companies, including one in North Carolina. “My mom was a seamstress and when I…
    Donna Martinez, April 30, 2018
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    United CEO Declines Bonus: Is It Accountability or Just For Show?

    It’s fascinating to watch CEOs launch into contentious political and social debates. Here at JLF, we’ve devoted two of our Shaftesbury Society presentations to the issue. Last month, Duke Professor Aaron Chatterji told us about his research on CEO activism. Last June, then JLF Senior VP Jon Pritchett, along…
    Donna Martinez, April 24, 2018
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    Podcasts worth listening to this week

    Some great conversations made my time in the car much better this week Steven Teles is one of the most insightful people writing about conservatism and government, from the Federalist Society to the kludgy way government has evolved. He’s a liberal working with libertarians at the Niskanen…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2018
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    Tax cuts spur businesses and the economy

    A new paper on Sweat Equity in U.S. Private Business finds “existing measures of business incomes and valuations” understate “the value of time to build customer bases, client lists, and other intangible assets.” As a result, they also understate the impact of tax cuts to boost the economy.
    Joseph Coletti, April 18, 2018