Posts by Lawrence J. McQuillan
Lawrence J. McQuillan is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute. He is the author of the Independent book California Dreaming.
California Would Have Low-Cost Housing If Government Allowed It: The Mortenson Experiment


Chris Mortenson, a San Diego developer, hired an architect to find out what type of SRO (single-room-occupancy) building he could develop for very low-income people, many of them homeless, if unnecessary state and local regulations were ignored. SROs are basically apartment buildings that typically have rooms without kitchens and shared bathrooms at the end…
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A Proposed California Constitutional Amendment to Resolve the Housing Affordability Crisis


A Proposed California Constitutional Amendment to Resolve the Housing Affordability Crisis The People of the State of California hereby find and declare the following: (a) Whereas, Californians are suffering from an unprecedented housing affordability crisis caused by state and local government regulations, fees, mandates, and prohibitions that have overly restricted housing supplies and increased…
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Why Bernie Sanders Is (Still) Morally Unfit to Be President


[With Democratic Party presidential primaries on March 10 in six states including Michigan, it’s a good time to read my 2016 commentary on why Bernie Sanders is morally unfit to be president. Please share it so that the world knows the truth about Bernie Sanders.] Bernie Sanders is proud to be a socialist. In…
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How To Be a Good Neighbor by Being a Role Model — The United States, Mexico, and Economic Freedom


Role modeling economic freedom and open trade are the correct policies long term, not only for the United States, but also for its neighbors and trade partners around the world.

Historic Landmark Status Punishes Manhattan’s Iconic Strand Bookstore


For one bookstore in Manhattan, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is another threat to its bottom line and possibly its existence.

Time for California’s DMV to Enter the 21st Century


The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has long been characterized as the embodiment of government ineptitude, but a series of recent events have taken the department’s incompetency to a new level.

Why America Is Increasingly Divided (and James Madison Would Have Predicted It)


More than half of Americans receive more money from gov. transfer programs than they pay in federal taxes.

Hey Millennials: Here’s the Truth About Socialism, Kim Jong-un, and Nicolás Maduro


A government powerful enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take away everything you have.

Free Market Think Tanks, Persuasion, and Big Data


Can free market think tanks do a better job of persuading people?

How a Charity Uses Fake Money and Auction Markets to Help Feed America


Feeding America is a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that helps to feed 46 million Americans annually, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. The network fights hunger and poor nutrition by working with manufacturers, distributors, retailers, food service companies, and farmers to gather food before…
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