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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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New York City: The Front Line of Minimum Wage Misery

Across the five boroughs, restaurants are feeling the pain from burdensome government mandates.

Luka Ladan | October 15, 2019
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Price Gouging Laws Are Knowledge Embargoes That Should Be Repealed

Prices transmit crucial knowledge about what is wanted where and how urgently.

Art Carden | October 11, 2019
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How Rent Control Threatens the American Dream

There is a very real shortage of affordable housing across America’s most dynamic areas, but rent control is an ineffective solution to this problem.

Ben Wilterdink | October 7, 2019
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Small Business Optimism is Sky-High. Here’s Why That Matters.

Business expansion and job creation bodes well not only for long-term profit, but also for all the employees who bring value to the workplace.

Luka Ladan | September 23, 2019
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Lunacy on Loans and Licensing

Revoking the license of professionals who default on student loans only makes it more difficult to repay them.

Conor Norris | September 10, 2019
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Consumers Say ‘End of the Road’ for Volkswagen’s Iconic Beetle

Free markets provide essential information that tells firms whether they have chosen wisely or poorly.

Art Carden | September 7, 2019
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A Refresher on the National Debt—and Why It Matters for Millennials

Budget deficits may not be clickbait, but that shouldn’t overshadow extent of the problem or the need to address it.

Luka Ladan | September 5, 2019
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Looking for a Booze-Fueled Tour of the Unfree World? Try ‘Socialism Sucks’

Socialism Sucks is definitely not the kind of dry academic treatment for which economists are (in)famous.

Art Carden | August 27, 2019
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Blame California’s Housing Shortage on Dubious Regulations

California’s housing shortage is a political choice, just as are many of its other problems.

Craig Eyermann | August 24, 2019