PowerLinks 03.20.19

Americans Are Still Confused About What Socialism Actually Is Steven Greenhut, Reason Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin used the motto, “Land to the peasants, peace to the nations, bread to the starving.” Sounds good, right? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.19.19

American Colonists Had a Modern Monetary Theory of Their Own Stephen Mihm, Bloomberg Opinion They didn’t realize it at the time, but this group of dour Puritans had effectively invented a crude forerunner of MMT, though they would have probably called it PMT (Puritan Monetary Theory). Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.15.19

The woke corporation: how campus madness entered the workplace Toby Young, The Spectator Governments have always been vulnerable to forms of political craziness. What’s new is the behaviour of big business. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.14.19

Why “Free College” Will Do Little to Help Poorer Americans Richard Vedder, FEE A large portion of the beneficiaries of free college will be relatively affluent middle-class individuals. First Study on School Choice and Crime Reduction Holds Good News for Low-Income, Urban Students Joshua Nelson, The Daily Signal A first-of-its-kind paper on private school vouchers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, looks beyond student test scores and focuses on the impact the school choice vehicle has on crime reduction. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.13.19

Does Prosperity Trigger Calls for Socialism? Ira Stoll, Reason In good economic times, heightened inequality means that class tensions are heightened, as soaring visible wealth stokes envy and resentment. Championing Mankind at the Expense of Real Human Beings Juliana Geran Pilon, Law and Liberty Daniel Mahoney on why substituting “the love of Humanity for the love of God” has had such inhumane consequences. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.12.19

The Economic Consequences of John Maynard Keynes Samuel Gregg, Law and Liberty The book which propelled John Maynard Keynes to fame 100 years ago continues, for better or worse, to shape our world today. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.11.19

Putting Adam Smith Back Together Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse The choices underlying marketplace transactions are more complicated and less narrowly self-regarding than we often suppose. By returning to the full corpus of Adam Smith’s writings, we can escape economistic conceptions of human beings and enhance our understanding of how market economies actually work. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.08.19

Out-of-work US men are unhappier than men almost anywhere else Ana Campoy, Quartz A wide swath of white American men are down in the dumps, their dire mood showing up in everything from mortality statistics to national politics. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.07.19

The Case for Local Government Michael Hendrix, RealClearPolicy It is time we gave local a chance once again. The people and places closest to us are where we tend to direct our care and our energy; they should enjoy the authority necessary for diverse citizens to pursue flourishing lives together. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.06.19

Socialist Freedom, Economic Security, and Work James R. Rogers, Law and Liberty In Marxist and socialist anthropology, people generally would mimic the behavior only of virtuous aristocrats. The False Promise of Universal Child Care Samuel Hammond, Institute for Family Studies The proposed universal child care plans should be seen for what they are: efforts to crowd-out family and informal child care in favor of a government-centered model. Continue Reading...