Archive: Art Carden

Avatar Art Carden is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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
Is ‘Energy Independence’ a Worthy Goal?
Lower energy prices brought about by increased foreign trade would mean lower prices for most things and, therefore, greater scope for flourishing.
Art Carden | May 18, 2019
Who Pays for Tariffs and Trade Restrictions?
Consumers Do.
Just because someone is legally responsible for paying a tax or tariff doesn’t mean that they actually bear the economic burden of the tariff.
Art Carden | April 27, 2019
Do Amtrak and Airport Subsidies Make America Richer?
Government spending doesn't generate economic activity, it simply redistributes it.
Art Carden | April 13, 2019
Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Amtrak?
Amtrak should live or die by its own merits as tested by people’s willingness to part with their hard-earned money in the market.
Art Carden | April 6, 2019
Rent Control Will Hurt Oregon Renters
Oregon becomes the first state to pass statewide rent control law.
Art Carden | March 19, 2019
Protip: If They’re Working to Get You Fired, They’re Not Your Friends
Minimum wages change how workers are compensated.
Art Carden | February 28, 2019
Are Universities Ruining Students?
These Authors Say ‘Yes’
One of the more interesting books I read in 2018 was Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.
Art Carden | January 11, 2019
A Better Post-Election World?
Here Are Three Ideas For Improvement
Attempts to cross the political divide can have inspiring results.
Art Carden | November 13, 2018