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“Planting Trees” Disrupts the Carbon Tax Narrative
Conventional logic has assumed that penalizing emissions is the appropriate solution to climate change. But maybe that is totally wrong.
Robert P. Murphy | August 17, 2019
Bernie’s Labor Pains: Three Takeaways
There are several lessons to be learned from Bernie Sanders' recent trouble with his unionized, and apparently underpaid, labor force.
Art Carden | August 16, 2019
Universities as Rip-Offs: The Costly and Inefficient Edifice Complex
Outrageous expenditures are commonplace for campus buildings, we will let a somewhat decrepit classroom building deteriorate so we can fund the academic fad de jour.
Richard Vedder | August 15, 2019
If the Gig Economy Has Unintended Consequences, So Does Shutting It Down
Tech companies like Airbnb and Uber provide a living experience that was once inaccessible for all but the wealthiest.
Luka Ladan | August 14, 2019
Plastic Bans Are Symbolism Over Substance
The measure will do virtually nothing to reduce plastic waste in the ocean and it won’t “help the economy.”
Robert P. Murphy | August 13, 2019
Rising Red Ink Is a Good Sign... Except When Government is Doing the Spending
While consumer debt is rising, surging private red ink is actually a vote of confidence in an increasingly-bright future.
Ross Marchand | August 12, 2019
Don’t Feel Bad About Using the Self Checkout
You’re not spreading prosperity when you choose the labor-intensive option just because it’s labor intensive, you’re wasting resources.
Art Carden | August 10, 2019
Worried About Big Pharma? Then Reduce the FDA’s Regulatory Power.
To compete for FDA attention, drug makers now needed a way to navigate new safety hurdles to have their products approved.
Raymond J. March | August 9, 2019
Hong Kong: Where Political Autonomy Means Economic Freedom
Hong Kong Reflects Capitalism in Some Ways and Top-down Planning in Others, but its Autonomy from China Is Worth Defending.
Protesters are defending the ability for Hong Kong to maintain its economy and governance, which rests on a free-market urban blueprint.  
Scott Beyer | August 8, 2019
Should We Cap Credit Card Interest Rates at 15%?
Decency requires us to think through the intended and unintended consequences of the policies we are proposing.
Art Carden | August 7, 2019