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Posted: Tue. June 20, 2023, 4:32pm PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Is Social Justice Just? is interviewed on The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser. Have we given government the power to control our lives? Whaples says the government can only do what we let it do, but many people want the government to solve all their problems. Equity and equality are not the same thing, says Whaples. Inequality is our salvation, he adds.

Posted: Tue. June 20, 2023, 12:47pm PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Is Social Justice Just? is interviewed on the Rory Sauter show. Dr. Whaples talks about the new book which contains several essays by scholars on the question of social justice and its origins and meanings. Whaples discusses examples of exclusionary zoning, occupational licensing, and cheap energy as areas where the concept of social justice can be improved by removing regulatory barriers.

Posted: Fri. June 16, 2023, 11:07am PT

Steve H. Hanke, professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University and the founder and co-director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise, joins Julia La Roche on episode 81 for a wide-ranging conversation on the economy.

Two years ago, using the quantity theory of money—which links asset prices, economic activity and inflation to changes in the money supply—Professor Hanke accurately predicted that inflation would be persistent and rise to the highest levels in a generation between 6 to 9%. Inflation topped out at 9.1%. Hanke thinks the inflation story is over, and a recession is likely on the way.

Posted: Fri. June 16, 2023, 11:04am PT

Is an ugly recession about to hit in 2024? Steve Hanke tells Michelle Makori, Lead Anchor and Editor-in-Chief at Kitco News, that the Federal Reserve is “flying blind” and “doesn't know what it is doing” when it comes to controlling inflation while maintaining full employment.

Posted: Fri. June 16, 2023, 10:25am PT

"People working productively and economic growth are not inflationary," says @judyshel. "It goes back to the thinking of the 1970s: that government managers were so brilliant they could do a much better job than market forces. I'm always going to side with the private sector."

Posted: Thu. June 15, 2023, 4:33pm PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Is Social Justice Just? is interviewed on The Shaun Thompson show on WIND Chicago. What is social justice? It is a potentially useful word, but comes with a lot of baggage today. We all long to live in a just world, says Whaples, and strive to bring about fair outcomes. God has endowed us with the ability to direct our own lives, he says. With fewer people believing in God today, fewer people believe we have those abilities endowed to us to help others.

Posted: Thu. June 15, 2023, 12:46pm PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Is Social Justice Just? is interviewed on the Denise Simon Experience show. According to Whaples, each person is worthy of dignity and each person is noble enough to worry about the well-being of other people...not just in the market, but in civil society. Whaples says people need to know that other people care about them. Justice, he says, mostly has to do with people treating each other with respect on day to day basis.

Posted: Thu. June 15, 2023, 10:56am PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Is Social Justice Just? is interviewed on the Alan Nathan radio show, with guest host Karen Kataline. Whaples explains the term social justice can be salvaged if done right with examples in educational reform (school choice), by reducing regulations in occupational licensing, reducing zoning regulations to enable the building of housing, using inexpensive energy (fracking) so poor people pay less for their bills. Justice can be used to enable people to cooperate better with each other, not tear them apart.