Archive: Ben Wilterdink
Ben Wilterdink is a Research Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst at the Independent Institute.
Playing Fast and Loose with the Economic Facts
Many of the most popular tropes are based on findings that are misleading at best and outright false at worst.
Let Kids Be Kids Again
Their Future Depends on It
Ensuring that kids have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to handle uncertainty starts early.
More States Consider Protecting Parents Who Give Kids the Chance to Grow
Given what we now know about mental health risks among young adults and the importance of developing soft skills, it is clear that overprotecting kids today has real costs for their future.
Let’s Take a Break (From Gov)
When it comes to relationships riddled with debt issues, extreme micromanagement of choices, and crazy spying, nothing comes close to our relationship with government.
A Bitter Tax to Swallow
A Sin Tax Takes its Toll in Philadelphia
With conflicting goals, certain government programs become dependent on citizens indulging in less than healthy behavior.
Give In to the Cliché
Be Thankful at Thanksgiving
A self-conscious gratitude is our best option if we truly want to preserve all that we have.
Is Gov Paranoid?
Spying for Your Protection
Gov’s got a problem. It turns out that people don’t always like being told what to do, even when Gov so obviously knows what’s best for them.
A License to Kill Jobs
Do You Have a Permit for That?
Starting a business is tough. Acquiring the skills necessary to succeed, attracting and retaining customers, and outcompeting the competition are not easy feats to accomplish. It can be even tougher once government regulations are thrown into the mix.
If Rent Control is Like Winning the Lottery, Who Buys the Losing Tickets?
When a property becomes subject to rent control, the first losers are the property owners.
Not Your Parents’ Cops
Are Neighborhood Police Officers Being Replaced?
For years, American police officers resembled that quintessential small-town cop Andy Griffith. Their mission, to protect and serve, only rarely called for automatic weapons and virtually never required military-style assault vehicles. Today, however, police officers look less like Andy Griffith and more like Judge Dredd.