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"To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendment." So said columnist Bret Stephens in The New York Times, February 16. It seems that for Mr. Stephens, James Madison was a fool. In The Federalist No. 46, Madison famously referred to "the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the ...
Governments often create incentives they hope will encourage people to act in ways believed to improve social well-being. Poorly structured incentives, however, can foster perverse outcomes, as illustrated in cases regarding pest control, tuberculosis prevention, homelessness, and the recovery of soldier remains in ...

A little over a week ago, I wrote a piece addressing some common misunderstandings and misleading arguments against recent federal right-to-try legislation. Since that short time ago, it seems countless articles expressing more confused ideas and misleading criticisms have made their way into major ...
February 15 marks the 270th birthday of the English philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham. Bentham is typically remembered for his formulation of the principle of utility: the greatest happiness of the greatest number as the measure of legislation. He's also known for instructing that his body be ...
A week ago Friday, I turned on my television to discover what was in the Devin Nunes memo, released earlier that day. On CNN and on CNBC, I couldn't find out. Instead, I was treated to a steady stream of invectives, with incessant name calling, coming from highly emotional commentators. They were ...
The recent federal tax cut is creating a lot of fear and angst that a quick historical survey would go far to allay. Consider, for example, this recent opinion piece by two officials of the Council of Nonprofits, "Nonprofits Must Move Swiftly to Fight for Sound Public Policies." Characterizing the tax bill as ...

The Independent Institute ... Alvaro Vargas Llosa is Senior Fellow at The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute. ... His Independent Institute books include Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, Lessons From the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, The Che ...
Just about one year ago, the collapse of two spillways at Oroville Dam forced the frantic evacuation of 188,000 people, caused millions of dollars in property damage and triggered hundreds of lawsuits. Earlier this month, an independent forensic team found that decades of reckless mismanagement by the ...
Today's podcast features work from the American Conservative Union, the Foundation for Individual rights in education, and the Independent Institute. John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #127 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and ...
February 15 marks the 270th birthday of the English philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham. Bentham is typically remembered for his formulation of the principle of utility: the greatest happiness of the greatest number as the measure of legislation. He's also known for instructing that his body be ...
In a recent press release, Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN) urged the House of Representatives to pass recent 'right-to-try' legislation "as soon as possible." Lewis also said, "I want each and every treatment option that could save a life to be available to those who are sick" and that "Families are ...
A week ago Friday, I turned on my television to discover what was in the Devin Nunes memo, released earlier that day. On CNN and on CNBC, I couldn't find out. Instead, I was treated to a steady stream of invectives, with incessant name calling, coming from highly emotional commentators. They were ...
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the index that tracks a composite of stock prices of 30 major U.S. Corporations, recently experienced drops of 2.5 percent, 4.6 percent and 4.1 percent in less than a week. There are partial explanations for this. But if the best investors in history, including Warren Buffett, ...
The Independent Institute ... Alvaro Vargas Llosa is Senior Fellow at The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute. ... His Independent Institute books include Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, Lessons From the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, The Che ...
Okay, let's suppose you hate Mexicans, Haitians, Hondurans, and all the other foreigners trying to get out of their wretched places and into the USA--obviously lots of people do hate them. So naturally you want the authorities to take whatever measures they deem necessary to keep these people out--walls ...
I live in a very remote place, even by Mexican standards. The nearest fair-sized city, Chetumal, is about 125 miles away, and one needs about two and a half hours or more to get there by car. Nearby shopping is extremely limited. A few grocery items may be purchased in the village of Xcalak. The closest ...
Pope Francis made waves 2-1/2 years ago when he published his bold and earnest encyclical Laudato si', which tackles the crucial issue of how we can uplift the lives of the poor. Since then the pope has continued to raise numerous questions regarding free-market capitalism and to call for increased ...

Red Robin, a popular burger chain, will cut jobs at all 570 of its locations because, chief financial officer Guy Constant said, "We need ... to address the labor [cost] increases we've seen." To put it differently, Red Robin is cutting these jobs because of bad government policy: namely, hikes in the minimum ...
Pope Francis, the ex officio leader of the Catholic Church, has much in common with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. civil rights leader whose life and legacy we celebrated this week. A champion of the poor and downtrodden, Dr. King spoke of the need to eradicate poverty, writing in his 1967 ...
By linking to Amazon.com from this page, the Independent Institute earns referral fees of 4% to 15% from whatever you buy. Bookmark the above link and you can support the Institute when you do your normal shopping! Nativists Don't Know the Future. By Robert Higgs • Monday January 15, 2018 10:04 AM ...
Hours before dawn on November 15, a convoy of military tanks rolled into the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital of 1.6 million, ending the reign of Robert Mugabe. The 93-year-old despot had ruled the country since its independence from Britain in 1980. For 37 years his tyrannical rule was ...
Most Americans recognize that while the American Founders established a constitutionally limited government of enumerated powers, twenty-first century American government has expanded well beyond the boundaries our Founders designed. Some are unhappy about this; others believe it is entirely ...
Basic economics and logic teaches us that if you make something more costly to produce, less of it will be produced. But Democratic legislators in Sacramento seem to think that this simple rule does not apply to housing or other development projects. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee recently ...
The Independent Institute ... Alvaro Vargas Llosa is Senior Fellow at The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute. ... His Independent Institute books include Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, Lessons From the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, The Che ...
California drivers experienced sticker shock at the gas pump on Nov. 1. The state's gasoline tax rose by 12 cents per gallon that day, bringing the total to 39.8 cents. Along with the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, Californians now pay 58.2 cents in Excise taxes per gallon. Like all other states with sales taxes, ...
You know you are in the silly season when the charges against sensible tax reform become more and more outrageous. The silliest and most outrageous is based on this causal reasoning: The Republican tax measure repeals the Obamacare mandate, requiring people to purchase health insurance; ...
One of the most important factors that generate prosperity is rule of law, which means having an objective set of laws that apply to everyone. Rule of law provides the incentive for people to engage in productive activity so they can prosper themselves by producing value for others. In the absence of rule of ...
By linking to Amazon.com from this page, the Independent Institute earns referral fees of 4% to 15% from whatever you buy. Bookmark the above link and you can support the Institute when you do your normal shopping! Roving Bandit, Stationary Bandit, and Income tax. Robert Higgs • Tuesday February ...
Just about one year ago, the collapse of two spillways at Oroville dam forced the frantic evacuation of 188,000 people, caused millions of dollars in property damage and triggered hundreds of lawsuits. Earlier this month, an independent forensic team found that decades of reckless mismanagement by the ...
Controversy continues to swirl around immigration, with some politicians recently opposing any deal that would grant amnesty and a legal path to citizenship for "Dreamers"--recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA has allowed some immigrants who were brought to the United ...
A new report by Vicki Alger of the Independent Institute, titled Customized Learning in California, lays out how the Golden State can help to ...
There are two explanations for why the Venezuelan opposition, which according to polls was expected to win some 17 of 23 governorships, ...
During a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, President Trump told a gruesome story of immigrant "animals" who "slice and dice" beautiful young girls in ...
The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is an international Islamic non-governmental, Independent Institute headquartered, according to its website.
The U.S. Census Bureau is preparing for its next constitutionally mandated national head count, to be held in 2020. Unfortunately, the Bureau's ...
Alger is a research fellow at the Independent Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in Oakland. According to Alger, despite federal education ...
By Raymond March | Posted: Wed. November 8, 2017, 10:16am PTAlso published in Sun-Sentinel (FL) on Wed. November 8, 2017, and InsideSources.com on ...
... on Campus? By Donald A. Downs | Posted: Tue. November 7, 2017, 4:31pm PTAlso published in Washington Examiner (DC) on Mon. November 6, 2017 ...
Ivan Eland, Ph.D., is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center On Peace And Liberty at the Independent Institute, a non-profit, research and ...
An essay in the current issue (Oct. 2017) of Eos, the house organ and newsletter of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), is titled "Red, ...
After Seattle-based Amazon began soliciting proposals from North American cities in early September, the business news media was abuzz ...
Independent Institute senior fellow Lawrence J. McQuillan goes further in his report to state that DWR should no longer operate California's 44 ...
Frans van de Ven, expert advisor at Deltares, an Independent Institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface, said the vast ...
William F. Shughart II, research director of the Independent Institute, is J. fish Smith Professor in Public Choice at Utah State's Huntsman ...
McQuillan, a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute, recently attended a forum ...
According to Lawrence McQuillan, a senior fellow at a nonpartisan think-tank called the Independent Institute, the tuition increase is certainly ...
Vicki Alger, a research fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's children, says the Katy ...
In Spain, the central government resorted to violence to stop the people of Catalonia from participating in a vote on independence.
A melancholy saying reminds us that you can't go home again. I know I can't. My parents have been dead for decades, and my brother Bill, my ...
Florida governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Attorney General Pam Bondi has activated ...


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