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Against canned food drives: When gift-giving is wasteful

During a season such as Christmas, when hyper-consumerism and hyper-generosity often converge in strange and mysterious ways, how much of our gift-giving is inefficient or wasteful? It’s a question that economists continue to ponder, but to which many a gift-giver is prone to shrug. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.29.17

Poor Girls Are Leaving Their Brothers Behind Alana Semuels, The Atlantic As a college education becomes increasingly important in today’s economy, it’s girls, not boys, who are succeeding in school. For kids from poor families, that can make the difference between social mobility and a lifetime of poverty. Continue Reading...
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Appreciating the importance of vocational education

If there is one thing young people believe in collectively, it is their individuality. “No two people are alike,” the refrain goes. But in the age of Common Core, educational systems too often treat all students alike, glossing over their unique skills and abilities. Continue Reading...

Why we need the profit system

There is a paradox when it comes to profits, says economist Arnold Kling: while the profits that accrue to any given individual may be unjust, the profit system itself is necessary in order to have a modern, progressive society. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.28.17

A Conservative Response to the Student Debt Crisis Nick Phillips, The American Conservative Introducing some market discipline can benefit everyone—especially the student borrowers who most need help. Now It’s Liberal States Clashing With the Federal Government Over Religious Freedom Emma Green, The Atlantic California, Pennsylvania, and others have sued over new policies on contraceptive coverage. Continue Reading...
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Russia still denies the Holodomor was ‘genocide’

Saturday marked “Holodomor Remembrance Day,” honoring the millions of Ukrainians who died of forced starvation at the hands of the Soviets in the 1930s. Some 80 years later, and a quarter-century after the Soviet Union’s dissolution, the Russian government still denies that this atrocity constitutes a “genocide.” Two days earlier – Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Continue Reading...