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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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Neo-Noir “Motherless Brooklyn” Puts Power, Corruption at Center of Urban Renewal Story

Motherless Brooklyn might well contend for the most pro-liberty film to come out of Hollywood in 2019.

Samuel R. Staley | December 7, 2019
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What South Park Gets Right About Government Regulation

One storyline provides an excellent explanation of how the regulatory process often works in the real world.

Conor Norris | November 25, 2019
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The Berlin Wall Still Teaches Invaluable Lessons 30 Years After Its Fall

The fight for freedom needs to be constantly renewed.

Alvaro Vargas Llosa | November 18, 2019
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Miss Virginia and the Political Realities of Public-School Reform

Miss Virginia gets the most important elements of the struggle for private school vouchers right.

Samuel R. Staley | November 10, 2019
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The Struggles of West Virginia
West Virginia Is Dealing With an Economic and Social Crisis. So Why Do People Stay?

For West Virginians who stay, it boils down to what you might call an acquired taste.

Scott Beyer | October 30, 2019
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Joker Earns Its Accolades, but Offers Much More

A movie like Joker can lead us to a pause and perhaps rethink our own basic beliefs and perceptions.

Samuel R. Staley | October 19, 2019
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China’s Crackdown on Think Tank Illustrates Importance of Hong Kong Protests

Economic, civil, and political freedoms usually go together.

Benjamin Powell | October 18, 2019
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Peseros: A Look Inside Mexico City’s Private Bus Network
CDMX Shows That, With the Right Conditions, Private Transit Can Emerge That Is Fast, Cheap, and Ubiquitous.

Not only has private transit proven to be profitable worldwide, but it does so despite government harassment.

Scott Beyer | October 16, 2019
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The Policy Circle Bringing Women Into the National Conversation

The Policy Circle is more than a book group for future public leaders; it celebrates discussion, debate, and self-education in important topics for its own sake.

Alexandra Hudson | October 14, 2019