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.
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
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
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
California Wants to Teach Your Kids that Capitalism Is Racist

It is difficult to comprehend the depth and breadth of the ideological bias and misrepresentations without reading the whole curriculum.

Williamson M. Evers | October 12, 2019
Three Education Lawsuits Worth Watching

Three cases have the potential to shape the future of religious freedom, due process, and freedom of speech in education

Kristiana Bolzman | October 10, 2019
There’s a Lack of Expertise on Capitol Hill. That’s Okay.

In-house expertise often stymies genuine intellectual debate by giving a single analysis an official stamp of approval.

Ross Marchand | October 8, 2019
Market Urbanism: Towards a Free-Market Urban Form
A Nascent Movement Asks How Cities Would Function Without So Much Government Interference

Market Urbanism argues that in an open market, cities would likely be denser, but more to the point, would be freer.

Scott Beyer | October 2, 2019
Banned Books and Banned Ideas

Celebrating the freedom to read is about preserving the opportunity to explore ideas and come to our own conclusions.

Nicole Garay | September 27, 2019
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