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  • Year in Review 2018: Antitrust

    December 21, 2018
    If 2018 was a bad year for antitrust skeptics, 2019 promises to be worse. We must hope that the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice hold the line against the pressure, and refrain from unleashing the antitrust kraken.
  • 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.
  • Year in Review 2018: Transportation Policy

    December 21, 2018
    CEI had a busy year in the transportation policy trenches. We worked at the federal, state, and local levels on a variety of projects. Below are selected examples of the work we did this year to inject free-market ideas into the generally command-and-control world of transportation.
  • 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.
  • Year in Review 2018: Labor and Employment

    December 20, 2018
    There was a mix of good and bad news in the labor and employment policy space in 2018. A tremendous gain was made in the public sector. Yet inaction ruled the day in the private sector.
  • Year in Review 2018: Operation Choke Point

    December 19, 2018
    Every Halloween, there exists the temptation for commentators to describe routine events in the news with adjectives like “scary” and “frightening.” Sensitive to sounding clichéd or inflammatory, I try usually to avoid using such terminology in my descriptions of the policy process.
  • Best Books of 2018: Judicial Fortitude

    December 19, 2018
    My pick for one of the best books of this year is “Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State” (Encounter Books, 2018) by Peter Wallison. It makes the seemingly dry topic of the administrative state come alive—or rather, illustrates how it is already alive and very destructive to our liberties.
  • EPA Takes on Costly, Unnecessary Wood Heater Regulations

    December 17, 2018
    The Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency cranked out so many bad major rules that it was hard to pay attention to all the also-bad, but relatively small, rules. One such measure set emissions standards for wood heaters. Thankfully, the Trump administration has proposed some useful revisions.    
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 17, 2018
    A partial federal shutdown looks more likely than it did a week ago, the federal deficit will likely top $1 trillion next year, and Theresa May survived a confidence vote in the UK over Brexit. The 2018 Federal Register surpassed last year’s page count with two weeks to spare, and at its current pace could surpass last year’s final regulation count next week. Rulemaking agencies issued regulations ranging from forage seeding to Mexican bovine brands.

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