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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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Consumers Say ‘End of the Road’ for Volkswagen’s Iconic Beetle

Free markets provide essential information that tells firms whether they have chosen wisely or poorly.

Art Carden | September 7, 2019
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Why Cats Pay a Lower Price for CAT Scans

Increasing consumer exposure to prices and empowering them to pay medical expenses directly is key to keeping costs under control.

Ross Marchand | September 6, 2019
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A Refresher on the National Debt—and Why It Matters for Millennials

Budget deficits may not be clickbait, but that shouldn’t overshadow extent of the problem or the need to address it.

Luka Ladan | September 5, 2019
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Urban Agglomeration: More Growth, More Benefits
As Urbanized Areas Grow, They Develop Complex Economies that Further Drive Innovation and Prosperity.

Urban agglomerations drive our economy and create opportunity. Letting markets work is crucial to their continued growth.

Scott Beyer | September 4, 2019
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Who Needs Harvard? Amazon University and Other Options

We need to find cheaper, better ways of certifying competence, both in identifying the best future workers, but also in training them for specific tasks.

Richard Vedder | September 3, 2019
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Nothing Protects Tenants Better than Adding Supply

Even the strongest tenant protections can’t do the job of a housing market where landlords compete for tenants and not the other way around.

Cathy Reisenwitz | September 2, 2019
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How Government Prolonged the Lobotomy

While the lobotomy offers a cautionary tale of medicine gone astray, it should also provide a cautionary tale of the harmful consequences of state-assisted health policies.

Raymond J. March | August 31, 2019
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School Voucher Kids More Likely to Graduate From College

Catalyst Policy Fellow Kristiana Bolzman highlights the findings of an important new study over at Choice Media TV.

Kristiana Bolzman | August 30, 2019
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Airport’s Ban on Plastic Water Bottles a Flight of Fancy

Environmental Research suggests that over 90 percent of all the plastic waste in the ocean flows into it from just 10 rivers, none of them in the United States.

Craig Eyermann | August 29, 2019