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  • Will Government Allow Gene Editing for Cancer Treatment?

    March 23, 2018

    The idea of genome editing is no longer a theoretical concept studied only within the confines of labs and scientific research institutions. In August 2017, scientists reportedly managed to successfully use the genome editing technique to correct a disease-causing mutation in viable human embryos. This is just one of the many applications of the technique scientists want to use to alter, and ultimately prevent, damaging mutations in plants, animals, and humans.

  • Outlook for Economy's 'Master Resource' Bright

    March 23, 2018

    Yesterday my colleague Marlo Lewis and I sat down for a Facebook Live interview (archived here) on this week’s big event, Human Achievement Hour, our annual celebration of innovation and progress. Because of the role of energy as the “master resource” in the economy (and of Marlo’s own extensive expertise in the field), much of our conservation revolved around how important supplies of affordable energy are to human health and well-being.

  • Natural Isn't Necessarily Better: Celebrating Human Achievement

    March 23, 2018

    Human Achievement Hour is the Competitive Enterprise’s Institute’s annual celebration of innovation and progress. During this hour, people around the world pay tribute to the advancements that inventors and entrepreneurs have created in every field, from health and energy to communications and transportation. These advancements allow us to live richer, fuller lives and protect us and our families from unpredictable hazards, both in everyday life and during emergencies and disasters.

  • History Lesson in Technological Optimism: Simon, Jevons, and Lardner

    March 22, 2018

    Through his publications and scholarly work in the 1980s and 90s, the economist Julian Simon challenged the conventional wisdom and the intellectual position of the “anointed,” that resources were becoming increasingly scarce and human demand for them ever larger and more threatening to the survival of the planet. The response of the elites to their own prognostication was the endorsement of a (for some) centrally-planned government bent on regulating, rationing, controlling, and suppressing human individuality and agency. 

  • Human Achievement: The Shipping Container

    March 21, 2018

    One of the most underappreciated drivers of the modern global economy is the humble shipping container. Widely adopted internationally in the second half of the 20th century, intermodal containers largely supplanted break bulk cargo—the bags, barrels, pallets, and crates that must be individually loaded and unloaded onto ships, railcars, and trucks.

  • Hernando de Soto Wins Julian Simon Memorial Award

    March 21, 2018

    It is enormously gratifying that this year’s winner of the Julian Simon Award is Hernando de Soto, whose work around the world to define, allocate, and defend property rights has lifted millions out of poverty. Human flourishing is almost impossible without property rights and the rule of law, and so before millions of poor people around the world are able to realize Julian Simon’s optimistic vision, they need de Soto to defend their rights. 

  • Gains from Automation Create Path to Greater Prosperity

    March 20, 2018

    Automation has become somewhat of a dirty word recently. Fear of mass unemployment and widening inequality has led to calls for greater regulations of technology companies, expanded programs of redistribution, and even a “robot tax” to discourage adoption of labor-saving technologies. These fears, however, focus too much on the short-term disruption that creative destruction brings, ignoring the long-term opportunities for human advancement that comes along with it. 

  • Human Achievement Benefits Nature's Creatures—Including Pets

    March 19, 2018

    Environmental activists want you to “take action for our planet and nature” by sitting in the dark for an hour on March 24th. But we at the Competitive Enterprise Institute would rather keep the lights on and celebrate Human Achievement Hour, because we recognize that living well is not a crime. In fact, the human ingenuity that brought us light has proved not only good for people; it benefits nature and its creatures as well.

  • What Will You Achieve with Your 8,760 Hours?

    March 15, 2018

    Several years ago CEI launched Human Achievement Hour, an annual celebration of innovation and progress. During this hour—this year, Saturday, March 24th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm—people around the world pay tribute to human ingenuity and advancements in every field from health and energy to communications and transportation. 

  • An Anniversary Toast for I, Whiskey

    October 12, 2017

    It’s been a tremendous year since we released I, Whiskey on YouTube and Facebook and co-hosted our red carpet premiere with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) at Jack Rose Dining Saloon—and the tour continues.

    The film has been accepted into 10 film festivals to date, with the Portland Film Festival, Cucalorus, and Silicon Valley International Film Festival on the books later this year.

    We’ve just returned from our screening debut at WhiskyFest San Francisco, where I introduced the I, Whiskey brain trust and all-star panel: Executive Producer Richard Morrison (who urged attendees to...

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