Tag: Poverty
Economic Liberty Alleviates Poverty Better Than Any Government Program

As part of the SoCal Policy Forum, a project of the Southern California News Group (SCNG) and the University of California, Riverside, a number of other policy experts and I were invited to weigh in on the causes of, and solutions to, poverty. Below are my responses, which were recently published in the Orange...
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Three Assumptions the Left Makes About Economic Inequality

Are policies to reduce inequality beneficial to those who are least fortunate? Sometimes they are; sometimes they are not.

World Bank Study Finds That Deregulation Reduces Extreme Poverty

Historically in much of the world, the yoke of regulatory burden has contributed to the impoverishment of billions.

Pope Francis Film Promotes Tolerance but Flawed Thinking on Poverty

Bodes well for an era of promoting tolerance but casts a shadow over the prospects for alleviating global poverty.

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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Pope Francis’s Failure to See Entrepreneurs as Good Samaritans Undercuts the Poor

On April 25, a videotaped talk by Pope Francis was released at the international TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. The 18-minute talk, titled “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone,” can be viewed here. Francis highlighted three themes, beginning with the observation that community is central to human existence: [L]ife flows through our...
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Make No Mistake: Fidel Castro Was a Horrible Person

Cuba’s former dictator, Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 90. When I woke up on Saturday morning to see the news, I was surprised by the reaction of many friends on social media, as well as the national media. The New York Times headline read, “Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at...
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Why One in Five Americans Are on Government Assistance (in One Image)

More than 52 million people in the United States, 21 percent of the population, participate in major means-tested government assistance programs each month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 80 federal programs dole out roughly $1 trillion of benefits and services to low-income people annually (see the amazing image above from the...
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Venezuela’s Problem Isn’t Oil—It’s Government

On Sunday night, my husband and I sat down to watch comedian John Oliver’s show “Last Week Tonight.” The news satire program is a guilty pleasure for the both of us. As the host, Oliver often brings humor to many otherwise (rightfully) dreadful topics. Although I usually enjoy the show, that’s not always the...
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New TV Show Sparks Unnecessary Moral Outrage (and Proves People Don’t Understand Basic Economics)

CBS recently released a new show titled, “The Briefcase.” Normally, I wouldn’t have given such a show a second glance... But then I read reactions to the show on social media. I found myself vaguely ashamed for [watching]...I kept reminding myself that I had to watch it in order to write about it. [P]ossibly...
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