Archive: Art Carden

Avatar Art Carden is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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
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
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
The Capitalist Achievement of Recorded Music
It’s worth stepping back and considering just what liberal, capitalist, "in-it-for-the-money," free market societies have done, and for whose benefit.
Art Carden | August 3, 2019
There Is No One Answer to Rule Them All
If we really respect people’s liberty, dignity, and autonomy, we will work to expand their options rather than limit them.
Art Carden | July 26, 2019
Are Intelligent Machines Coming for Your Job and Your Wages?
If technology were going to lead to widespread immiseration, it probably would have happened already.
Art Carden | July 16, 2019
If Student Loans Might Be Canceled, Why Not Borrow More?
Student debt cancellation is already suspect because it redistributes wealth upward. It also changes people’s incentives for the worse.
Art Carden | July 4, 2019
In Defense of Blowouts
People Respond to Incentives, Even on the Soccer Field
Are incentives always and everywhere decisive? No, but they definitely guide and change people’s behavior.
Art Carden | June 22, 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
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