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Culture & Society: Reaching beyond politics and policy, into the art and community that shape us, is important for both understanding and changing the social landscape. Engaging with the themes and assumptions embedded in art and popular culture is a key component of succeeding in the marketplace of ideas. Discussing civil society and social entrepreneurs is essential to the motivation of the next generation. Whether it’s highlighting the work of a community organization improving lives locally or commenting on the values and message of society’s storytellers, we seek to emphasize the importance of the space between the individual and the state and the inherent dignity of every person.
Economy & Jobs: An economy based on mutually beneficial exchange is the cornerstone of our modern world. Creating an environment in which individuals are able to use their talents, interests, and skills to create value for others is essential to ensuring a truly inclusive economy that recognizes the full dignity and worth of the human person. Catalyst explores how these ideas function in our current culture and highlights ideas to improve the status quo.
Education: Without question, learning about the world and developing one's potential is the key to success in our modern world. But the current cookie-cutter approach to education ignores the different strengths, needs, and goals of today's students. Only by challenging the status quo and rethinking the rigidity of traditional educational pathways will today's students have the opportunity to achieve their true potential. By focusing on the needs and capabilities of individuals, Catalyst explores how education is being adapted to fit our modern age.
Environment: As the next generation takes up challenge of stewarding our environment, it is important to prioritize results over intentions. Creativity and innovation have radically improved our living standards; they can be harnessed to improve and protect our environment as well. Applying the same principles that have led to our historic material prosperity, such as the cooperation enabled by mutually-beneficial market exchanges, can also help sustain and preserve our environment for generations to come. By allowing more local and private control over the management of the resources in their own backyard and expanding property rights that encourage good stewardship and cooperation, we can build a culture that welcomes environmental entrepreneurship and is well-equipped to handle the challenges of conserving what matters most.
Healthcare: Overpriced and underperforming, it's no secret that America's healthcare system is in desperate need of an overhaul. However, new advances in medical and information technology are revolutionizing the way consumers search for and receive healthcare. Rather than continuing to rely on mandates and restrictions, introducing choice and flexibility will ensure that the needs of individuals are met. Catalyst explores these transformational developments and outlines ways in which to best serve individuals and families by restoring their decision-making power and increasing their options.
Housing: Moving to take advantage of new and better opportunities has always been part of the American pioneer spirit. Today, however, far too many people find themselves stuck in place and less able to fully pursue their aspirations. Even as technology makes the production of new homes cheaper and faster, public policy choices have made housing ever more expensive and unavailable. Catalyst explores how policies can be changed and technology leveraged to ensure that housing is affordable and responsive to the needs of the next generation of Americans seeking opportunity.
Privacy: The right to privacy is an essential component of liberty whose legal tradition can be traced back centuries. In today's digital and interconnected world, the platforms and context in which we exercise our right to privacy has certainly changed, but its significance has not. Catalyst highlights threats to the privacy of individuals and offers creative solutions to ensure that no person is forced to have private information made public.
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Rent Control: A Bad Idea Has Spread Again
Oregon, California, and New York recently passed rent control measures. Some Washington politicians want to make it national policy. Here’s why that is wrong.

There are ways to provide affordable housing without all the unintended consequences and moral hazards of rent control.

Scott Beyer | September 18, 2019
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Colleges Don’t Want ‘Free College’

Free college proposals are a threat to the gravy train that has led to the inefficient and overstaffed modern university.

Richard Vedder | September 17, 2019
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Why Nothing is Near Your Office
How Land Use Rules Make Life Inconvenient

The legal separation of land uses makes life inconvenient, paid for in long drives and errands that never get done.

Nick Zaiac | September 16, 2019
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Wind Power Sources Remain More Fantasy than Reality

We need to be realistic about the limitations of wind power and seek practical alternatives that reduce emissions.

William F. Shughart II | September 14, 2019
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Banning E-Cigarette Sales Will Do More Harm than Good

Efforts to ban vaping are extremely unlikely to succeed and may push consumers toward harmful alternatives.

Raymond J. March | September 13, 2019
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Lawmakers, Bureaucrats Need to End War on Video Games

Onerous government regulations of video games would raise prices on millions while harming mental health.

Ross Marchand | September 12, 2019
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Bill de Blasio’s Hotel Cronyism
The mayor has run a bribe-oriented government, accepting money from entrenched interests in exchange for regulatory capture. His hotel proposal is the latest example.

The Mayor has governed like a lackey to monied interests, granting favors that help his career but hurt average New Yorkers.

Scott Beyer | September 11, 2019
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Lunacy on Loans and Licensing

Revoking the license of professionals who default on student loans only makes it more difficult to repay them.

Conor Norris | September 10, 2019
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College Board Drops Adversity Scores – Now for the SAT

Many accredited colleges and universities have stopped requiring SAT/ACT scores or de-emphasize their use in admissions decisions

Kristiana Bolzman | September 9, 2019