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.
We Shouldn’t Need the Coronavirus to Appreciate Small Business

If there is a silver lining to the coronavirus, it’s that small business is finally getting the respect it deserves.

Luka Ladan | March 27, 2020
How “Price Gouging” Can Help with the COVID-19 Crisis
When Resources Are Scarce, Price Gouging Can Spur Production, Prevent Hoarding, and Encourage Conservation. But Only if Governments Allow It.

If governments were to allow “price gouging”—it would actually help with the scarcity caused by COVID-19.

Scott Beyer | March 25, 2020
Musicians Want an Out-Chorus for California’s Law Attacking the Gig Economy
Let the resistance begin

Freelance writers, photographers and videographers have gathered at the state capitol to protest Assembly Bill […]

K. Lloyd Billingsley | March 9, 2020
A Quick Refresher on Legal Immigration—and Its Impact on the U.S. Economy

America’s immigrant experience is by and large a positive one especially in economic terms.

Luka Ladan | February 25, 2020
Occupational Licensing Regimes Are Tough to Dislodge, So Let’s Try a Different Approach

It’s time for a new strategy that focuses on changing the scope of professional licenses.

Eli Lehrer | February 25, 2020
How Millennials Can Save Six-Figures (Yes, Cutting Out Coffee Helps)

Increasing your income, making sacrifices, and setting goals are perhaps the most common building blocks.

Luka Ladan | February 12, 2020
Tariffs on European Booze Will Hurt American Consumers

Whether you are talking about steel, cherries tires, shrimp, sugar, or fancy wine and cheese, the principles remain the same.

Art Carden | January 24, 2020
New Year, Same Small Business Optimism

What hasn’t changed in 2020 is the optimism of the small business community.

Luka Ladan | January 22, 2020
When Government Extorts Business
Public Officials Often View Businesses as Piggy Banks that Can Be Hit Up for Any Goodie. But that Just Drives Them Away.

The more governments force businesses to solve wider public problems, the more they’ll drive them out.

Scott Beyer | January 15, 2020