Tag: Culture

How the Left and the Right Talk about Inequality »

If I were to reduce to a bumper sticker the way the left thinks about the world these days, it would read: Inequality Happens If I were to reduce to a bumper sticker the way the right thinks about the same subject, it would read: Inequality Happens for a Reason This is not a...
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In Defense of Inequality »

During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama was asked if he would favor of a higher capital gains tax rate, even if the government received less revenue as a result. His answer: Yes. When you stop to think about it, that’s a remarkable answer. By hypothesis, everyone is worse off. The owners of capital...
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The Independent Review—Winter Issue Now Available »

The winter 2014 issue of The Independent Review is hot off the press! This edition of the Independent Institute’s 160-page scholarly journal includes a stimulating mix of timely topics and enduring themes, including a symposium on Nobel laureate economist James M. Buchanan and classical liberalism. Read it and gain a deeper understanding of the...
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Remembering Nelson Mandela »

At our Gala for Liberty honoring him, Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered his memories of working with Nelson Mandela in transitioning South Africa from the violent, divided rule of apartheid, by way of the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission that could grant amnesty to perpetrators (subject to forgiveness by the victims or their families)—a stirring...
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War on the Poor »

One of the biggest differences in how the left and the right view the world concerns the welfare state. Currently, the federal government spends about $1 trillion a year on 126 means tested welfare programs. That amounts to almost $22,000 for every poor person in America, or $88,000 for a family of four. What...
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The Fictionalized Surveillance State »

Recent polling conducted by Amy Zegart at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation reveals an unsurprising degree of public uncertainty and confusion regarding the NSA. We should expect that, flooded with news reports, most Americans don’t know the exact contours of the program. What caught my eye, however, was this little nugget,...
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New Videos Slam Obamacare’s Lies »

First, we have singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood mocking Obamacare at the Country Music Awards. As reported by Aaron Blake in the Washington Post, “Hey do you have that Obamacare?” Underwood asks when Paisley says he needs to see a doctor. “Oh, it’s great. I started signing up last Thursday, and I’m almost...
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“Creepy Uncle Sam” Is Back Just in Time for Halloween! »

Following up on the earlier videos that went viral regarding the looming threat of Obamacare, here is the newest one involving “Creepy Uncle Sam,” “Halloween Horror 2013 — Get The Door, Chad”: For the pivotal alternative to Obamacare, please see the Independent Institute’s widely acclaimed book: Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, by John C....
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Government-Run Preschool Is a Dead End, Not a Lifeline »

Greater economic equality requires the “lifeline” of more government-funded preschool for disadvantaged children, says Nobel Prize–winning economist James Heckman in his New York Times editorial last week. High-quality education can certainly enhance a foundation of opportunity and prosperity. But the empirical record shows that government preschool is a dead end, not a lifeline. Conspicuously...
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The Panthers Were Right and Reagan Was Wrong on Gun Control »

I suppose it takes a true radical these days to question the progressive’s sacred cow: Ronald Reagan. You read that right. This paradigm of modern conservatism was one of the most important American champions of gun control in recent decades, and so he has become a convenient talking point for liberals who want to...
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