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Volume 21, Issue 23: June 11, 2019

By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 5/20/19)
The two billionaires have shown interest in supporting collegiate debates, but more could be done. A high-profile national debate program featuring leading intellectuals would go a long way in cultivating intellectual diversity and civil discourse. Funding two debates per semester on 200 campuses nationwide, for example, would start a great legacy of better-informed and more opened-minded college grads. READ MORE »

(C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, 5/28/19)
Independent Institute Senior Fellow Ivan Eland discusses his new book, War and the Rogue Presidency. Wars, he argues, are the leading driver of the growth in presidential power, largely because Congress has abdicated its constitutional responsibilities. Eland shares his proposals for restoring the republic after Congress’s failures and answers questions from Washington Journal’s viewing audience. WATCH »

By William F. Shughart II (The Hill, 6/6/19)
Surprisingly little media attention is given to emerging technologies that could extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into useful products like petrochemicals and synthetic fuels. Entrepreneurial innovation is one more example of how market processes can discover approaches that even well-intentioned policymakers usually miss. READ MORE »

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 5/17/19)
Despite efforts to control health care costs, employers are paying hospitals twice the amount Medicare pays. Employers will continue to overpay hospitals unless they abide by four principles of negotiation. One of them is closely associated with President Trump. READ MORE »

By Jonathon Hauenschild (Catalyst, 6/5/19)
Antitrust regulations often target success and the pursuit of the American ideal. Moreover, the success they punish is often fleeting anyway, as the faded glow of Microsoft’s former dominance shows. Thus, the calls for antitrust prosecution of today’s tech giants are misguided and ignore the lessons of history. READ MORE »

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