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  • Freedom and Whiskey Go Together

    November 15, 2018
    Recently Dave Sussman of the show Whiskey Politics featured myself and my old pals Drew Tidwell and Helen Straight of Passing Lane Films on his show to discuss the Competitive Enterprise Institute film: “I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit.”
  • Repeal Barriers to Competition: Abolish Antitrust

    November 14, 2018
    My colleague Iain Murray has some excellent new content out today in the form of a Web Memo titled “How Antitrust Regulation Hinders Innovation and Competition: Framing a Broken Debate.” Iain briskly defines the three major perspectives on antitrust theory (interventionist, consumer welfare, and free market) and steers readers toward an appreciation that antitrust enforcement itself—along with similar economic regulations—are often the cause of, rather than solution to, consumer harm.
  • Happy 50th Anniversary to Reason

    November 9, 2018
    Congratulations to our friends at Reason magazine (and the Reason Foundation) on their golden anniversary. Some members of the Competitive Enterprise Institute team were recently out on the West Coast for the festivities, and returned refreshed and ready for another 50 years of free minds and free markets.
  • What Do the Midterms Mean for Big Tech?

    November 8, 2018
    For the big technology firms, the midterm elections were never going to change much.  Whatever the result, they were going to face more scrutiny over the next year. The only difference is in what sort of scrutiny. If anything, the split in control of the chambers presents the worst of both worlds.
  • Wealth in Disguise: Why Halloween Costumes Are Better Than Ever

    November 2, 2018

    Before we bid farewell to Halloween week 2018 for good, let’s take a chance to glean an economic lesson from the piles of candy, cardboard skeletons, and saucy seasonal outfits. Our friends at the Foundation for Economic Education have the perfect video for the occasion, which reflects the rising living standards around us and one the main reasons for their rise: specialization.  

  • Food Truck Freedom Marches on in North Carolina

    October 26, 2018

    There is good news for fans of the Poor Piggy’s BBQ food truck. The town of Carolina Beach, North Carolina has reversed its anticompetitive policy banning food trucks (that aren’t owned by existing restaurants) and will now allow freedom of tacos and gyros to reign.

  • Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Airline Deregulation

    October 24, 2018

    Forty years ago today on October 24, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act into law. This bipartisan legislation led to the elimination of price controls and route-setting by the now-abolished Civil Aeronautics Board. Since then, U.S. airline passenger volumes have increased by 210 percent—from about 250 million in 1978 to 850 million in 2017—while average inflation-adjusted airfares have fallen by more than 40 percent. 

  • Mapping Public Policy Wins at the State Level

    October 19, 2018

    The fine folks at the State Policy Network deserve well-earned congratulations on the completion of yet another successful annual meeting, this year co-sponsored by the Sutherland Institute and Libertas Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Help the Poor by Making Their Lives Less Expensive

    October 19, 2018

    The Cato Institute’s Ryan Bourne has a great new study (and accompanying video) out about social welfare, government spending, and regulatory reform.

  • A Toast to the Sears Catalog

    October 18, 2018

    In retail, as in every industry, eras come and go. Few recent events mark the passing of an era like the announced bankruptcy of Sears. That the company that ruled brick-and-mortar and mail order would be felled by online retail and nimbler competitors isn’t surprising. What is unusual is for Sears’ reign to have lasted as long as it did.

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