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Volume 22, Issue 4: January 28, 2020

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 1/17/20)
For the most part, the left doesn’t hesitate to call for price controls because they don’t think free-market prices serve an important, positive function. Yet key problems with American healthcare result from the government’s intervention with the price system. READ MORE »



By Robert E. Wright (The Hill, 1/21/20)
Until recent decades, Americans reduced financial discrimination by relying on market forces, not regulatory pressure. Free entry and self-help were key mitigators of arbitrary and unfair treatment, and they should be relied on to reduce financial discrimination in America today. READ MORE »

In All Fairness
Equality, Liberty, and the Quest for Human Dignity

Edited by Christopher J. Coyne, Michael C. Munger, Robert M. Whaples


By William F. Shughart II (The Washington Times, 1/20/20)
America’s dependence on imported minerals has doubled in the past 10 years, and it’s expected to rise over the next two decades, along with global demands. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is myopic in proposing to ban mining on public lands, especially when such bans harm the environment, economic growth, and national security. READ MORE »

Nature Unbound
Bureaucracy vs. the Environment

By Kenneth J. Sim, Randy Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk


By Mark S. Pulliam (The Independent Review, Winter 2019/20)
Many Americans mistakenly believe that the “exploitation of labor” is inherent in the employer-employee relationship. Debunking this falsehood and other myths related to the role of labor unions is the first step toward understanding a sensible labor policy for the twenty-first century. READ MORE »

The Independent Review


By Art Carden (Forbes, 1/15/20)
Newly announced tariff hikes on wine imports will make American consumers worse off. Whether you are talking about steel, cherries, tires, shrimp, sugar, or fancy wine and cheese, the economic principles remain the same. READ MORE »





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