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December 10, 2016 at 9:13 am
"Sixty-one percent of millennials said they favor vouchers, compared to a national average of 56 percent; 63 percent of millennials said they favor charter schools, compared to 59 percent among all age groups"
The authors of the EdChoice “2016 Schooling in America” report included an expanded sampling of millennials, those born between 1981 and 1997, “in an effort to better understand where this generation of current and future school parents compares with others (and the national average) on K–12 educati...
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The World Health Organization achieves consensus on tobacco control and vaping through secrecy, mass detentions, and media censorship. Subscribe to our YouTu...
December 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm
Which country do you think it is?
The US fell to #23, mostly because of bad scores in Rule of Law, Size of Government, and Legal System and Property Rights.
December 9, 2016 at 11:05 am
In this Exploring Liberty lecture, Friedman discusses the main premises of The Machinery of Freedom and offers a few additional conclusions he has reached in the years after the first edition of the book was published in 1973.
David Friedman is an economist, political philosopher, and the author of many books including The Machinery of Freedom, wherein he lays the groundwork for a ...
December 9, 2016 at 5:55 am
"Congress may be the last place to recognize the need for this tinkering mentality."
Congress and the FDA are stifling innovation from tinkerers and dreamers.
December 9, 2016 at 12:56 am
"But the issue at hand is not whether reliable interpreters are important and necessary, but rather whether Wisconsin has to have a state licensing process to create them. The experience of most other states, which have no such rule, suggests it absolutely does not."
Arguing that such laws are unnecessary doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be accountability.
December 9, 2016 at 12:51 am
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December 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm
"The massive exposure of police actions is continuing to force changes in the system — changes that could see more officers paying for their crimes in the same way that civilians do."
We’re learning that while laws against police brutality exist, they don’t seem to be enforced. Learn More...
December 8, 2016 at 8:52 am
Where there is a demand, a supply will most likely arise. When such a supply is suppressed by government action, but the demand persists, those who demand will find a way to access supply. And thus, black markets are born – the enterprise of men like Al Capone.
December 8, 2016 at 3:12 am
"Protectionism is rank economic idiocy and an unquestionable assault on liberty."
Tweet… is from pages 164-165 of my Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold’s excellent 2009 volume, Mad About Trade: America’s antidumping law is considered holy writ by members of Congress. They express horror at the thought that American companies would be left to the mercy of global competition w...
December 7, 2016 at 10:02 pm
"As Adam Smith proved so long ago, a key to prosperity is the expansion of the division of labor, that is, finding ways to benefit from the talents of others wherever they happen to be."
I was out shopping for a sweater this weekend and I ran into Donald Trump, who told me that I should stop outsourcing my job.
December 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm
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Kids say a lot of random, unsolicited, or just plain personal things to their toys while playing. When that toy is stuffed with just fluff and beans, it doesn’t matter what the kid says: thei…
December 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm
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"If we’re going to find new ways of communicating the value of capitalism to a new generation, pointing out the radical capitalistic tendencies of people like Chance is a good place to a start."
Despite Chance the Rapper's affinity for politicians who are no friends of the free market, his fans can still see him for the entrepreneurial hero that he is.
December 6, 2016 at 10:57 pm
"What's the big deal about this? Understand that this isn't just about hacking into computers of suspected criminals."
One warrant and one judge can lead to untold numbers of system intrusions.
December 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm
"But the real faces of the Fight for $15 are the young people and small business owners who have had their futures compromised. Those faces are not happy ones."
BY ED RENSI -- The real faces of the Fight for $15 are the young people and small business owners who have had their futures compromised.
December 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm
"How about decentralizing immigration policies, allowing states to apply their own rules by allowing states to become immigration policy laboratories, helping to reduce the burden on the taxpayer?"
If the President-elect team has its way on implementing its immigration policies, they could look a lot like what has been happening for the past 8 years. Why? Because the new administration could be making use of the same unreliable database to track undocumented immigrants the current administrati...
December 6, 2016 at 7:44 am
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"Is it any surprise Haitians practiced a “cut and get out” policy with respect to formerly forested Haitian hills and mountains? Not at all. Likewise, if you were building a house for which you had no legal title, how interested would you be in building a more durable structure?"
It didn’t take long for the world’s overly emotional members to begin lamenting how Haiti gets the raw end of natural disasters. There were the reports of cholera bacteria being washed down mountains devoid of forests. Did the lamenters ask why the Haitian mountains had not been replanted and tended...
December 6, 2016 at 2:12 am
"But what really gets me angry is the absurd misallocation of law enforcement resources."
When writing about money laundering laws, I’ll sometimes highlight gross abuses by government and I’ll periodically make the usual libertarian arguments about privacy. But I mostly focu…
December 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm
Have you seen any of these?
Here are three movies that can help to demonstrate the concept of public choice theory in action. Learn More...
December 5, 2016 at 4:34 pm
“What is troubling,” they write, “is what The Elf on the Shelf represents and normalizes: anecdotal evidence reveals that children perform an identity that is not only for caretakers, but for an external authority (The Elf on the Shelf), similar to the dynamic between citizen and authority in the context of the surveillance state.”
He's always watching. And you better keep him happy.