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  • Video Contest Winners

    December 30, 2016

    Our friends over at had a great idea for the end of 2016 – a video contest in which people answered the simple question “What makes you passionate about liberty?”

    The winners, recognized on their website and with $4,000 each in prize money, used a variety of styles, but all produced high-quality, arresting stories that were only about a minute long. You can watch the playlist of all four prize-winning videos on YouTube.

  • The Libertarian Holiday Gift Guide

    December 23, 2016

    “Someone on your naughty list? Give ’em a lump of coal. Someone on your nice list? Give ’em a stocking full of coal!”

    Cheers to the brilliant production team at Reason TV, who have provided some welcome comedy this holiday season with their new video, “The Libertarian Holiday Gift Guide.” The Guide includes a blizzard of inside jokes, but has plenty of references that will crack a smile from viewers from across the political spectrum.

    Reason has an impressive catalog of video content built up over several years of reporting and experimenting in the world of web video. If you’re looking forward to some down time between now and...

  • 5 Great Books on Politics and Public Policy from 2016

    December 21, 2016

    A lot of interesting books on politics, economics, and public policy were published over the last twelve months. It can be difficult, though, finding the gems among the extremely large number of books about public affairs that hit bookstore (and Amazon warehouse) shelves each year. For every volume as...
  • Some Advice for Trump Appointees

    December 20, 2016

    As the old saying goes, the worst vice is advice. So with some trepidation, let me suggest two things that bright, idealistic members of the new administration should keep in mind.

    The first arises when you're asked by your boss to come up with a solution to some controversial political problem. You analyze the situation and come up with an effective plan. Then, however, you pull back from the audacity of the proposal and think, “If I suggest that, people will laugh.” So you water down the idea. But then your boss (also a newcomer to his administration job) makes the same calculus, and so on up the chain of command to the individual who can actually implement the plan. By that time, the “solution” is just a mild variant of the status quo, and the senior decision-maker wonders why she should take on a difficult political fight for such a small gain.

    Your role in the...

  • Death Rate Rose and Life Expectancy Recently Fell in America

    December 15, 2016

    The death rate increased 1.2% last year, and life expectancy fell in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. Female life expectancy dropped from...
  • How Ridesharing Platforms Help the Economy

    December 14, 2016

    We have been saying for a while that ridesharing platforms like Lyft are different from traditional transportation firms, not just in the technology they use, but in the basic...
  • Ratios, Not People: The Wrong Approach to Inequality

    December 13, 2016

    Thomas Piketty, the best-selling author of Capital in the 21st Century, has a new paper on economic inequality with...
  • A Pro-Growth Agenda for the 115th Congress

    December 8, 2016

    In scarcely more than two dozen words, Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution lays out a singular idea at the root of any serious plan for Congress:

    All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

    The Framers of the Constitution...

  • RealClear Radio Hour: Western and Soviet Politics

    December 5, 2016

    In this episode, historian Andrew Roberts and Russian émigré Alexander Markovsky compare Western and Soviet politics.

    Up first is Andrew Roberts, author and Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London. Andrew takes issue with America’s broken primary system and the intransigent two-party duopoly, regrettably driven by the politics of “the other.” He reflects on the future of Western civilization and proposes a CANZUK union in the wake of Brexit—comprised of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—to strengthen free trade and defense alliances between the Crown countries. 

  • Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Dies

    November 28, 2016

    The longtime dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro, died Friday at the age of 90. Earlier, I debunked pro-Castro myths that some left-leaning politicians have peddled about Castro — including...


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