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  • Best Books of 2018: Suicide of the West & Enlightenment Now

    December 21, 2018
    Goldberg’s “Suicide of the West” is a literate, snappily written, and often humorous defense of Enlightenment values and a broadside against populism. Steven Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now” has a similar theme, backed by an astounding collection of empirical data.
  • Best Books of 2018: Factfulness

    December 20, 2018
    Think Julian Simon, Matt Ridley, and Steven Pinker’s data-driven optimism, mixed with Michael Shermer and Bryan Caplan’s awareness of human cognitive biases, as told by a kindly, avuncular Norwegian. The book reads easily, is visually savvy, and has a friendly, non-polemic tone.
  • Kent Lassman's Christmas Wish List

    December 20, 2018
    The holiday season is a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what we can look forward to in the next year. That’s why Competitive Enterprise Institute President Kent Lassman has put together this Christmas wish list. As you can tell, we take our work (but not ourselves) very seriously.
  • CEI Takes on Antitrust

    December 14, 2018
    There is a concerted effort from elements on both sides of the political aisle to use antitrust law to regulate and ultimately break apart Big Tech companies. This is a grave mistake, and would represent one of the largest and most visible government interventions into the economy we’ve seen in decades.
  • Top Ten Antitrust Targets

    December 10, 2018
    Columbia University professor Tim Wu is author of the new book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, which calls for a more active approach to antitrust regulation (see also Richard Epstein’s review in The Wall Street Journal). Wu wants to see more “big cases” along the lines of previous lawsuits against Standard Oil, AT&T, and IBM. The last such case was against Microsoft, nearly two decades ago.
  • Fighting for Small Business: Whiskey Edition

    December 6, 2018
    This week marks the 85th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, and we still have a lot to learn from that dismal experiment in government overreach. As my colleague Michelle Minton points out, many states still make it impossible to purchase alcohol on Christmas, New Year’s Day, and other festive holidays. And the prohibitionist impulse is hardly confined to brewed, fermented, and distilled beverages. As our old video from 2007 points out, the government is working feverishly in the present day to forbid everything from plastic bags and bull terriers to trans fats and sagging pants.  
  • Last-Minute Delay in CVS-Aetna Deal Could Threaten Consumer Benefits

    December 6, 2018
    U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon surprised many on Monday when he announced he may halt the integration of CVS pharmacy’s assets with the nation’s third largest healthcare insurance company, Aetna. Usually the judicial review of a merger already approved by the Department of Justice is a mere formality, as evidenced by the fact that the companies went ahead and closed the $69 billion deal late last month, but at a hearing Monday, Judge Leon said he has concerns about the merger’s consequences for consumers.
  • Don't Blame Google for a Feature Consumers Want

    December 6, 2018
    It’s very rare I disagree with the great freedom-loving journalist John Stossel, but his column at Townhall this week made me raise an eyebrow. In it, he criticizes Google and its platform YouTube for having “power they shouldn’t have.” He was concerned that YouTube would “not allow” his new video, “Socialism Leads to Violence” to be viewed by young people. After his complaint, Google apparently lifted the restriction.
  • New Ideas for Addressing Poverty and Inequality

    November 30, 2018
    While the political headlines this week are dominated by a public feud between the Secretary of the Interior and the likely incoming chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, there are some people in Washington, D.C. who are still working on serious public policy issues.
  • GM Layoffs, Tariffs, and Subsidies

    November 28, 2018
    CEI's Ryan Young explores the lessons policymakers should learn from General Motors’ announcement of layoffs and plant closures.

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