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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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High Housing Costs Are Not Just Limited to Big Cities
How Decades of Tight Zoning Suffocated Small Town Vermont

Unlike the costs of labor or building materials, land-use regulation costs are created by law and can be lowered by lawmaker action.

Nick Zaiac | May 17, 2019
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The Insanity of the Push for Rent Control

The nationwide retreat of rent control was consistent with the thrust of decades of economic research, and the new controls fly in the face of that research.

Benjamin Powell | May 14, 2019
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But What About Traffic?
The Case for Road Pricing

Building more housing will inevitably cause more congestion. The answer is to price the space where the congestion occurs.

Scott Beyer | May 6, 2019
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Two Paths to Improve How Localities Pay for Services and Amenities

Crowding and straining existing infrastructure are key concerns that proponents of new development must overcome. Some solutions are better than others.

Nick Zaiac | May 1, 2019
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San Francisco’s Housing Crisis Is a Product of the Regulatory State
And it’s not just one regulation that makes the city expensive. It’s all of them.

San Francisco’s median home value is now at $1.3 million, and there’s a growing bipartisan consensus on how it got so expensive.

Scott Beyer | April 8, 2019
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Four Ways to Improve Land Use Without Upzoning

Prolonged periods of high rents are a sign that cities haven’t permitted enough potential building space in their most desirable areas.

Nick Zaiac | April 4, 2019
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Three Better Ideas Than a Vacant Storefront Tax for San Francisco

Commercial vacancy is a problem for SF neighborhoods. But the solution isn’t more government. It’s less.

Cathy Reisenwitz | March 27, 2019
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Rent Control Will Hurt Oregon Renters

Oregon becomes the first state to pass statewide rent control law.

Art Carden | March 19, 2019
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Arizona Considers New Airbnb Regulations

New bill poses threat to Arizona’s position as leader in reforming and streamlining regulation.

Nick Zaiac | March 15, 2019