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Volume 22, Issue 39: October 6, 2020

By Benjamin Powell (The Hill, 9/24/20)
Police departments are local government monopolies insulated from the preferences of the communities they are supposed to serve and protect. To reduce abusive, racist, or negligent policing, we should introduce market competition and rely more on private security providers. READ MORE »

By Morgan E. Hunter (National Review, 9/30/20)
Americans know surprisingly little about the ancient roots of their modern culture, such as the importance of the Battle of Marathon, where the Athenians defeated the first Persian invasion of Greece. High schools could help remedy this major knowledge deficiency by adopting British standards and coursework on classical civilization. READ MORE »

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 9/21/20)
A study last year from the University of Michigan found that only 14 percent of people with high-deductible insurance plans engage in comparison shopping for medical services. The reason is a lack of price transparency, a problem the Trump administration has tried to address and that private employers could also help to fix. READ MORE »

By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 9/8/20)
Innovators in education seldom get the public recognition they so richly deserve. Three collegiate entrepreneurs worth celebrating are Vance Fried (Micro-Collegiate Academy), Mitch Daniels (Purdue Global), and Panayiotis Kanelos (St. John’s College in Annapolis). READ MORE »

By Art Carden (American Institute for Economic Research, 9/23/20)
Ending bad public policies is no easy thing. A chief reason, as Independent Institute Senior Fellow Randall G. Holcombe shows, is that political and economic elites find ways to shape and exploit the rules of the game to their own advantage. READ MORE »

Political Capitalism: How Economic and Political Power Is Made and Maintained, by Randall G. Holcombe

  • Catalyst
  • Beyond Homeless