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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.
Articles
Why Young Adults Are the Most Frightened of COVID
Nearly half of Americans between 18 and 34 are concerned about returning to a normal social life after the pandemic, a new YouGov poll found.
Jon Miltimore | April 7, 2021
Here’s a Standard for Amazon: Free Speech for All
Censorship on ideological grounds exposes double standard, sets dangerous precedent
Luka Ladan | March 30, 2021
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News Deserts Lead to Loss of Engagement
"Out of print" carries new meanings for the individuals trying to feel at home during isolating times
Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna | March 25, 2021
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Doctors Predict ‘International Epidemic’ of Child Suicide
The damage we’re inflicting on children is too devastating to be waved away in the name of public health—it’s quickly becoming an emergency in its own right
Brad Polumbo | March 25, 2021
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Americans Misinformed About COVID Hospitalization
A recent Gallup survey found that more than one-third of Americans believe that at least half of those infected with COVID-19 require hospitalization.
Jon Miltimore | March 24, 2021
Columns
Monterrey: De Facto NAFTA Capital
I recently visited Mexico’s leading industrial city to see the benefits brought by nearly 2 decades of free trade with the U.S.
Scott Beyer | March 19, 2021
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Woke Educators Declare Objective Math White Supremacy
Here’s how parents can push back on the alarming ideology that’s infecting our children’s classrooms
Kerry McDonald | March 15, 2021
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How the Loss of the Outer Circle Has Changed Community
What has happened to our extended network of workplace peers and what you can do about it
Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna | March 9, 2021
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How Is Small Business America? Struggling, But Hopeful
Pro-business policies are needed to spur business expansion and job creation
Luka Ladan | March 3, 2021