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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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Bernie’s Labor Pains: Three Takeaways

There are several lessons to be learned from Bernie Sanders’ recent trouble with his unionized, and apparently underpaid, labor force.

Art Carden | August 16, 2019
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If the Gig Economy Has Unintended Consequences, So Does Shutting It Down

Tech companies like Airbnb and Uber provide a living experience that was once inaccessible for all but the wealthiest.

Luka Ladan | August 14, 2019
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Plastic Bans Are Symbolism Over Substance

The measure will do virtually nothing to reduce plastic waste in the ocean and it won’t “help the economy.”

Robert P. Murphy | August 13, 2019
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Rising Red Ink Is a Good Sign... Except When Government is Doing the Spending

While consumer debt is rising, surging private red ink is actually a vote of confidence in an increasingly-bright future.

Ross Marchand | August 12, 2019
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Don’t Feel Bad About Using the Self Checkout

You’re not spreading prosperity when you choose the labor-intensive option just because it’s labor intensive, you’re wasting resources.

Art Carden | August 10, 2019
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Hong Kong: Where Political Autonomy Means Economic Freedom
Hong Kong Reflects Capitalism in Some Ways and Top-down Planning in Others, but its Autonomy from China Is Worth Defending.

Protesters are defending the ability for Hong Kong to maintain its economy and governance, which rests on a free-market urban blueprint.

Scott Beyer | August 8, 2019
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Should We Cap Credit Card Interest Rates at 15%?

Decency requires us to think through the intended and unintended consequences of the policies we are proposing.

Art Carden | August 7, 2019
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A “Great Stagnation” for Bureaucrats

Even as President Trump leads a deregulatory drive, many downright-ludicrous bureaucratic actions proceed unchecked.

Ross Marchand | August 6, 2019
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The Capitalist Achievement of Recorded Music

It’s worth stepping back and considering just what liberal, capitalist, “in-it-for-the-money,” free market societies have done, and for whose benefit.

Art Carden | August 3, 2019