August 10, 2018
Our friends at the State Policy Network have produced a compelling new video about the plight of men and women who have been forced to pay union dues as state healthcare workers when they’re simply caring for their own sick relatives and friends.
August 3, 2018
Of all the consumer products one might have expected to become a flashpoint for political controversy, the humble plastic drinking straw is an unlikely contender. Leap into the headlines it has, though, with communities like Seattle and San Francisco recently enacting bans on disposable straws. The city council of Santa Barbara, California initially voted for a ban that would have punished restaurant workers with up to six months of jail time for giving out a disposable plastic straw, but city officials agreed to revisit the ordinance when it appeared to also ban the sale of straws at supermarkets.
July 27, 2018
When I was in Atlanta last month for the Foundation for Economic Education’s annual conference, FEEcon, I heard a lot of messages of optimism from people who were making the world a better place. One of the most inspiring was the short film and in-person remarks offered by Magatte Wade, an entrepreneur from Senegal.
July 25, 2018
Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, delivered the keynote address at the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Annual Dinner and Reception on June 28th, 2018. Watch his full speech in the video below or read the selected highlights.
July 20, 2018
The Competitive Enterprise Institute staff often travel to bring the good news of regulatory reform to friends, allies, and interested audiences all across the country, and sometimes, even to far-flung locations around the world. Whether it’s my colleague Amanda France and I bringing a film about whiskey to Oxford, Mississippi, Myron Ebell addressing the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, or Iain Murray participating in a discussion on the Free Market Road Show in Podgorica, Montenegro, we’re willing to travel to where the action is.
July 13, 2018
This week my colleague Ryan Young rightly warned that the White House’s newly announced tariffs on Chinese goods will harm Americans consumers and workers. Simon Lester of the Cato Institute also notes that confusion about the nature of trade deficits is a bipartisan one. This is a good opportunity to get back to basics and remember what tariffs are and how they affect economic behavior and consumer welfare.
July 6, 2018
Since the early days of classical civilization, when (a notably imperfect form of) democracy was born, at least some people in the world have had an expectation that they should have a voice in the laws under which they live. As civilization grew and representative democracy became the norm rather than a rare exception, human beings everywhere began to demand a choice in their form of government.
Even within long-established countries, subgroups of citizens are working for more autonomy today. The Free State Project pioneers in New Hampshire and doing it one way, and others are agitating for California, for example, to be...
June 29, 2018
Thanks to everyone who made last night’s annual dinner and reception a great success. Our headliners Mick Mulvaney, Jonah Goldberg, and Hernando de Soto were a hit with the crowd, and as usual, the guests were especially looking forward to our annual short film, aka the “dinner movie.” If you weren’t able to join us, treat yourself to a personal screening below.
June 26, 2018
We’ve come to one of the most exciting times of the year—the week of the Competitive Enterprise Institute Annual Dinner and Reception. This year’s event, “Freedom: The Greatest Show on Earth,” features a circus theme with décor and entertainment from underneath the Big Top. Featured speakers include White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and National Review’s Jonah Goldberg. Special guest Hernando de Soto of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy will also be accepting CEI’s...
June 22, 2018
The question of the minimum wage is a hot topic this week, as the voters of the District of Columbia just approved Initiative 77, which will change how tipped workers, like restaurants servers, are paid and require their employers to provide a $15-an-hour wage by 2025, whether the workers in question also earn substantially more in tips or not.