March 16, 2018
Congratulations are in order to our friends at Students for Liberty and their CEO Wolf von Laer on a successfully annual conference recently held here in Washington, D.C., LibertyCon 2018. In addition to the many great speakers and panels crammed into only a couple of days, SFL also recognized some of their most impressive members from around the world with awards.
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.
March 14, 2018
Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook, has a new book out with a dramatic suggestion for changing the distribution of wealth in the United States. Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn is an argument for a program of guaranteed cash grants to working Americans earning less than $50,000 per year, financed by the one percenters like him. It has had a mixed reception, and it is easy to see why.
March 9, 2018
Being able to make voluntary transactions with others while having redress in the case of fraud sets the stage for larger, more complex, and longer-term market interactions which eventually are capable of generating the staggering wealth of a nation like the United States. To the extent that ordinary people are forbidden, threatened, taxed, and regulated to such an extent that they can’t buy and sell to their own advantage, wealth creation is choked off and nations are poorer because of it.
March 8, 2018
A Pew study noted that Republicans’ views on free trade shifted in a more negative way during the 2016 presidential campaign, while Democrats’ views largely remained constant. In May 2015, one month before Trump announced his candidacy, more Republican voters believed free trade agreements had been beneficial than harmful for the United States. In 2016, more Republicans believed free trade agreements adversely affected the United States than believed benefited.
March 5, 2018
If we want Millennials to have a greater appreciation for the virtues of capitalism, we need to convey how their entrepreneurial aspirations can only be made possible through a competitive market system, and that excessive regulations and government intervention hinder, rather than support, the flourishing of entrepreneurial activity.
March 2, 2018
A recent TED Talk by Anna Rosling Rönnlund features images collected by photographers dispatched to 264 different homes in 50 countries around the world. They document the stoves, bed, toilets, toys, and other households items owned by families in a range of income levels. Viewers can compare how families live in Latvia or Burundi or Nepal as Rönnlund explains the power of data visualization to help us better understand the world.
February 2, 2018
In honor of the classic Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day,” Reason TV has released a “horrifyingly relevant” parody video about the seemingly endless national news cycle that we all seem to be trapped in.
January 31, 2018
The enmity that many young Americans hold towards capitalism can be attributed to ideological and partisan predispositions, personal experiences during the Great Recession, the ensuing stagnant economy, and a fundamental confusion of capitalism with cronyism.
January 26, 2018
Prof. Pete Leeson’s recent book teaches readers how to use economic thinking to reveal the hidden sense behind seemingly senseless human behavior.