Archive: Articles

California’s High-Speed Rail Is the Very Definition of a Boondoggle
It is an apt description for a high-speed rail project that has been plagued from the start by fanciful assumptions and the inability to identify a funding source for the vast majority of the project.
Adam B. Summers | June 19, 2019
Decline of the M.B.A., Fall of the Humanities: What’s Left?
Increasingly, kids look at colleges as sort of a sophisticated form of vocational education that once was a staple of many high schools.
Richard Vedder | June 18, 2019
Cigarette and Soda Taxes Don’t Save Many Lives
Selective excise taxes may raise revenue for the public sector by targeting the consumption of things that elites disdain, but they do not save millions of lives.
William F. Shughart II | June 15, 2019
Capitalism Remains the Best Way to Combat Extreme Poverty
Both in America and Abroad
The freer an economy becomes, the less likely its people are to become entrapped in extreme poverty.
Luka Ladan | June 14, 2019
I Left My Kids in the Car Alone for a Few Minutes. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.
People get their ideas about the risks they likely face from the news, but what makes something newsworthy is the fact that it’s unlikely.
Art Carden | June 13, 2019
Taxpayers Shouldn’t Get Stuck with a $1.5 Trillion Loan Default Tab
We need to change the incentive system, making schools face financial consequences for accepting students with shaky academic backgrounds who are unlikely to complete college.
Richard Vedder | June 12, 2019
Make Sure Rules and Regulations Pass the Smell Test
At the federal, state, and local levels, overregulation has households and businesses struggling to keep their heads above water against a tsunami of compliance costs.
Ross Marchand | June 11, 2019
Upzoning the Ellis Island of the South
NIMBYism can be hard to understand until you see it play out in community meetings and zoning board or utility commission hearings.
Nick Zaiac | June 10, 2019
We’re All ‘These People’ to Someone Else
Phrases like "these people" lend themselves to exaggeration and hyperbole that drown out conversation and communication.
Art Carden | June 8, 2019
The Indignity of Universal Basic Income
It is easy to see UBI as a policy incentivizing elites to care less and less about the structural problems that affect working class people.
Ryan Khurana | June 7, 2019