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Volume 22, Issue 36: September 15, 2020

By Williamson M. Evers (The Washington Times, 9/8/20)
Despite the obvious differences, reopening schools in America has much in common with reopening schools in post-Saddam Iraq. In both cases, advocates of reopening sought a return to normal schoolwork by children and teachers but faced opposition from special interests READ MORE »



By Raymond J. March (The Hill, 9/10/20)
President Trump in July signed four executive orders he hopes will help make good on his 2016 campaign promise to lower prescription drug prices. A far better approach to reducing prices would be to lift federal restrictions that impede competition among drugmakers. READ MORE »




By Peter Minowitz (Cafe Hayek, 8/28/20)
Antiracism theorists and activists are not immune to unfairly exaggerating, stereotyping, and demonizing the Other. Like similar thinkers, the authors of How To Be an Antiracist and White Fragility might be wiser and more resilient antiracists if they were more open-minded. READ MORE »



By Art Carden (Forbes, 8/18/20)
What accounts for the resurgence of self-described “democratic socialists”? One factor is the expectation that good intentions will translate into good outcomes just because they “feel right.” 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 Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 8/31/20)
For many Americans, traditional higher education is vastly too expensive and too hung up on weird and even threatening left-wing ideology and indoctrination, rather than scholarly dissemination and discovery. Don’t be surprised if this animus translates into fierce competition among the world’s leading technology companies to dominate in the provision and certification of high-level vocational training. READ MORE »



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