Freedom

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    Do Boring Things

    Kevan Kjar has helped me understand a lot about the importance of telling a story. Like all good advice, I heed it more in the breach. Kevan has some stickers printed with the phrase “Do Hard Things.” Yes, there’s a story behind the sticker. Reading the review…
    Joseph Coletti, February 16, 2018
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    Trump deregulation would eliminate nearly 300 IRS rules

    The Treasury Department answered Trump's call to review significant tax rules and take appropriate steps to mitigate their harms. This week Treasury announced that it had targeted 298 rules for removal, with an additional 79 that would be amended.
    Jon Sanders, February 15, 2018
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    Rent-seeking: How lobbying can be like Blackbeard

    Lobbyists and pirates are both notorious rent-seekers. They spend some of their resources to capture others' resources without producing anything of value to the others.
    Jon Sanders, February 13, 2018
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    Learn to distinguish cronyism from market competition

    Cronyism is directly opposed to market competition. After all, you don't have government forcing people to do what they'd do anyway. That's why there's no law saying you have to put on your pants before your shoes.
    Jon Sanders, February 9, 2018
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    Seems Like It Would Be Easy To Quantify Someone’s Income, But It’s Not. Here’s Why.

    Lots and lots has been written and debated about “income inequality.” Our friends on the Left believe government should intervene via mandates on employers and higher tax rates on high earners in order to make things more “fair.” Free-market conservatives, on the other hand, want to bolster an opportunity society…
    Donna Martinez, February 9, 2018
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    Latest Imprimis focuses on poor state of intellectual diversity in academia

    The latest issue of Imprimis highlights Pennsylvania law school professor Amy Wax‘s reaction to the growing disinterest in free speech and civil discourse on college campuses. It is well documented that American universities today, more than ever before, are dominated by academics on the left end of the political…
    Mitch Kokai, February 8, 2018
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    1,000 Hours of Training Required To Blow-Dry Hair

    North Carolina isn’t the only state pushing to change licensing requirements for folks who simply want to earn a living but  are thwarted by ridiculously high barriers put in place by the state. Check out this story from the Phoenix New Times about House Bill 2011, which would get rid…
    Donna Martinez, February 5, 2018
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    Putting today’s woes in perspective

    Ben Shapiro uses a National Review Online column to challenge one of today’s standard political complaints. One of the more tiresome lines we hear over and over from our politicians is this: The world is worse today than it was yesterday. The rich are getting richer while the…
    Mitch Kokai, February 1, 2018