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Volume 22, Issue 27: July 14, 2020

By Williamson M. Evers and Jonathan Hofer (The Hill, 7/7/20)
Videoconferencing in the virtual classroom may have exposed K-12 students to more than just hastily written lesson plans and juvenile pranks. When it comes to protecting students’ privacy, many school districts deserve a failing grade. READ MORE »



By C. Ronald Kimberling (The Hill, 6/24/20)
Why does the International Association of Chiefs of Police support raising the educational bar for new police recruits? Studies show that police officers with at least two years of college education are much less likely to receive misconduct complaints or to use force as their first option for gaining compliance. READ MORE »



By Matt Zwolinski (The Epoch Times, 6/29/20)
Whenever disaster strikes, various consumer goods fall into short supply and merchants face harsh criticism and legal action for raising their prices. Although knee-jerk moralists assert that higher prices are always and everywhere an evil, a tradition in Western moral philosophy holds a contrary view. 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 Burton A. Abrams (The Hill, 6/26/20)
Over the course of a month and a half, the Federal Reserve has increased the nation’s money supply by more than it had done in all of 2019. This being an election year, it’s likely that the Fed will continue its inflationary policies and prices will surge 2021. READ MORE »



By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 7/3/20)
America’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning are just as susceptible to pandemics and politics as the rest of academia. What’s noteworthy are the different ways in which they’re either resisting or accommodating the new realities. READ MORE »





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