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Volume 22, Issue 50: December 15, 2020

By Gary M. Galles (Mises Wire, 11/23/20)
President-elect Joe Biden promised to unify Americans, but this contradicts his support for pro-union measures such as the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. If it ever became law, the legislation would further divide the nation by dismantling safeguards against union monopoly in the private sector and worsening other laws that deny workers their freedom of association. READ MORE »



By Richard Vedder (Forbes, 12/14/20)
Princeton and Case Western are just two of the several prominent universities that have issued contradictory statements about freedom of expression on campus—the opposite of the unambiguous stand taken by the University of Chicago. Fortunately, the number of schools with anti-free speech policies appears to be in decline. READ MORE »



By Benjamin Powell (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 12/13/20)
As evidenced by his weekly syndicated column, the late Walter Williams excelled at explaining complex economic ideas in an easy-to-understand, often humorous manner. Whether highlighting the negative impacts of minimum-wage legislation or the anti-market thrust of South Africa’s apartheid system, he never missed an opportunity to underscore how thwarting voluntary exchange harmed the most vulnerable members of society. READ MORE »



By K. Lloyd Billingsley (American Thinker, 10/30/20)
San Francisco’s Board of Education voted unanimously in October to set aside for one year merit-based admissions at the city’s leading public high school. The change is allegedly due to the pandemic, but parents have reason to believe there’s more to it. READ MORE »





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