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Volume 20, Issue 45: November 6, 2018

Is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration safe and effective? “With drug prices rising, healthcare quality diminishing, and the FDA’s role in the healthcare market expanding, it’s more important than ever to put the FDA to the test,” explains Independent Institute Research Fellow Raymond J. March, Ph.D., director of the newly revamped FDAReview.org. READ MORE »



America’s elites are grossly out of touch with ordinary people and have little understanding of their concerns, according to Tucker Carlson. The popular Fox News host and author of the bestseller Ship of Fools recently brought his message to the Independent Institute. WATCH VIDEO »




By Adam B. Summers (American Thinker, 10/26/18)
Rent control is a textbook example of a price ceiling that creates shortages. But to understand why requires longer-term thinking—which doesn’t work so well on a bumper sticker or a protest sign. READ MORE »

Housing America
Building Out of a Crisis

Edited by Randall G. Holcombe, Benjamin Powell


By Robert P. Murphy (The Beacon, 10/31/18)
Ten years after its birth, Bitcoin has accomplished what many free-marketeers could hardly have imagined: It’s convinced millions of people that a totally private-sector money is possible—just as Uber and Lyft proved to the masses that government-issued taxi licenses are unnecessary. READ MORE »



By Art Carden (Forbes, 10/22/18)
Texting while driving is just one of modern life’s dangerous behaviors. Uninformed voting—a temptation our democratic ethos seems to encourage—is even worse for society. READ MORE »



The Beacon: New Blog Posts


  • Catalyst
  • MyGovCost.org
  • FDAReview.org
  • OnPower.org
  • elindependent.org