March 22, 2019
At a time when socialism seems determined to crawl back from the dustbin of history, it can be a challenge defending the moral legitimacy—and humanity—of a capitalist economy. Efforts like that of my colleagues Fred Smith and Ryan Young are certainly welcome, as is new research from academics like Prof. James Otteson. It’s especially nice, however, to also see individual businesspeople telling their own stories of hard work and success.
March 15, 2019
Our friends at the Cato Institute are continuing their valiant fight against the wasteful protectionism of the Jones Act, a 99-year old law that requires cargo ships servicing U.S. ports to be entirely U.S.-owned and crewed. Many readers may remember when it briefly shed its usual obscurity in 2017 when the Trump administration agreed to temporarily waive its requirements in order to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
March 13, 2019
With major political figures proposing the forced breakup of some of the nation’s most successful companies, the once-arcane field of antitrust law is now at the top of the national conversation. A new video from the Competitive Enterprise Institute walks viewers through the history of economic monopolies and trustbusting and exposes the flawed logic underlying most calls for antitrust enforcement.
March 8, 2019
Given that it is International Women’s Day and almost CEI’s 35th anniversary, today is an excellent day to celebrate the impressive legacy of economist (and winner of CEI’s Julian Simon Award) Deirdre McCloskey. An impressive multi-disciplinarian who taught at the University of Illinois in the departments of economics, history, English, and communication, she is best known today for her trilogy of books on the “the bourgeois virtues” and how those virtues made global capitalism (and eventually, global prosperity) possible.
March 1, 2019
Our friends at the Federalist Society are back with a new video on the gig economy, “Here to Stay: The Modern World of Hospitality,” examining how short-term housing rentals, like those found on Airbnb, should be treated by regulators.
February 22, 2019
Our friends at the American Enterprise Institute are doing a great job leveraging their many decades of experience in Washington, D.C. They've been raiding their archives and posting a series of TV programs the organization produced going back to the 1970s, long before the era of viral videos and streaming digital content.
February 15, 2019
Our old friend (and former CEI Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow) Tim Carney has a new book out, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse,” and the American Enterprise Institute recently hosted a public discussion to examine its “findings and claims.”
February 13, 2019
It seems like an odd coincidence that legendary American political cult figure Lyndon LaRouche would pass away the same week that the Green New Deal resolution from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was attracting so much national attention. Yet, on at least this issue, LaRouche and Ocasio-Cortez have more in common than most people realize.
February 7, 2019
Our friends at the Federalist Society have an interesting new video out on legal businesses being targeted for government harassment because their products have become politically unpopular. These tactics were notoriously employed by the Obama-era “Operation Choke Point,” but could be deployed in the future against any industry that attracts the ire of federal bureaucrats.
February 1, 2019
Our friends at the American Enterprise Institute have a great video series in which they explain important issues, each in only 60 seconds. A very-short format like this can do wonders to help clarify one’s argument and stay focused on only the most relevant aspects of an issue. I experimented with a similar, not-quite-as-short video format long ago (in the early days of YouTube) with The Simpleton’s Guide.