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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.
Articles
Why Calls to Break Up Tech Companies Attack American Ideals

Breaking up big companies, regardless of actual monopoly status or evidence of harm to consumers, punishes success and the pursuit of the American ideal.

Jonathon Hauenschild | June 5, 2019
Articles
What’s Really Behind the Efforts to Enact So-Called “Comprehensive Privacy” Laws?

Rather than protecting consumers, these data governance laws place significant barriers for entrepreneurs looking to launch new services and products.

Jonathon Hauenschild | April 11, 2019
Articles
Straight Talk on Privacy and Legal Harm

Individuals may not like that platforms have figured out how to monetize data, but that lack of “liking” is far from a legal injury.

Jonathon Hauenschild | January 24, 2019
Quizzes
True or False: How Much Does the NSA Really Spy on You?

Despite the supposed limits imposed by the 2015 USA Freedom Act, in 2017, the NSA acquired data from over 534 million calls & texts. Take our quiz to learn how.

January 11, 2019
Articles
The Many Facets of Privacy
How to Think About Privacy in Today’s Data-Driven World

It is not evil for a technology company to use the information you voluntarily share with them.

Jonathon Hauenschild | December 5, 2018
Articles
Is Gov Paranoid?
Spying for Your Protection

Gov’s got a problem. It turns out that people don’t always like being told what to do, even when Gov so obviously knows what’s best for them.

Ben Wilterdink | October 23, 2018
Audios
LISTEN: Overpolicing and Rights
Do We Have Enough Policing in the United States?

Mary L. G. Theroux talks about overpolicing, the growth of Police Paramilitary Units (PPU), surveillance and overcriminalization.

October 16, 2018
Articles
Not Your Parents’ Cops
Are Neighborhood Police Officers Being Replaced?

For years, American police officers resembled that quintessential small-town cop Andy Griffith. Their mission, to protect and serve, only rarely called for automatic weapons and virtually never required military-style assault vehicles. Today, however, police officers look less like Andy Griffith and more like Judge Dredd.

Ben Wilterdink | October 8, 2018
Articles
Welcome to Catalyst!

The internet can be a noisy place. Sometimes just logging into social media feels like stepping onto a battlefield, except nobody knows who’s on which team and what the teams even mean anymore.