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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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So the President Has a Housing Task Force, but What Can the Feds Really Do?

Even though state and local governments will always play the central role in housing policy, the executive branch does have tools at its disposal.

Nick Zaiac | July 12, 2019
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Are U.S. Cities Fiscally Insolvent?
Some Municipal Balance Sheets Raise Concerns, but Most Cities Are Okay.

Fiscal insolvency is a problem in specific cities, for specific reasons, and for which there are specific solutions, starting with pension reform.

Scott Beyer | July 9, 2019
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To Rent or to Buy?
Advice For Millennials, From a Millennial

Millennials are renting for longer periods of time in expensive markets, but many are asking themselves: Should I keep renting or buy a home?

Luka Ladan | July 3, 2019
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No Home When You Get Out
Zoning Reform for the Formerly Incarcerated

To ensure there are enough low-cost units on the market to house the formerly incarcerated as they return to their communities, towns and cities need to permit construction of low-cost housing typologies.

Nick Zaiac | June 21, 2019
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Upzoning the Ellis Island of the South

NIMBYism can be hard to understand until you see it play out in community meetings and zoning board or utility commission hearings.

Nick Zaiac | June 10, 2019
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America Has Used Cars. Why Not Used Housing?
Used Cars Are Cheap Because New Ones Get Produced at Great Volume. Housing Should (and Often Does) Work the Same Way.

The more new housing that’s built, the more “used housing” that is freed up to be rented or owned by low-income people.

Scott Beyer | June 6, 2019
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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