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Vaccine Mandate Enforcement Threatens To Create A Second Economic Crisis

Vaccine Mandate Enforcement Threatens To Create A Second Economic Crisis

by Harry Wilmerding President Joe Biden announced a vaccine mandate on Sept. 9, causing experts to debate its potential economic impact.  The mandate, as announced, would require companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccines or weekly testing. Failure to comply could result in substantial fines.  “We are already in an unprecedented labor market […]

Liberalism Then And Now

Liberalism Then And Now

by Habi Zhang Kenneth Minogue’s The Liberal Mind first appeared in the 1960s, an era when “the young and the radical in the Western world were in a restive condition.” As Minogue correctly diagnosed, the restiveness had two sides, “one cynical, the other sentimental.” Six decades later, the modern liberals’ restiveness has become far more vexatious, and […]

Frontline Doctors Stand Up To Authoritarian Public Health Officials

Frontline Doctors Stand Up To Authoritarian Public Health Officials

by Max Borders Imagine you’re a doctor. You go into work every day for long hours and figure out how to treat Covid. You are saving lives and doing so patient by patient. Each patient has individual needs that sometimes require custom care, but you know early treatment works.  Suddenly, faraway bureaucrats demand that you […]

Sensemaking In The Era Of Authoritarian Media

Sensemaking In The Era Of Authoritarian Media

by Max Borders We’re living in an information Hall of Mirrors. That means everything we consume — whether articles, memes, videos, or the nightly news — should invite our suspicion. It’s hard to tell what’s true anymore. Ordinary people have not only lost faith in “the institutions,” they have lost faith in the media as […]

They’re Coming For You

They’re Coming For You

Commentary by Antony Davies For years, politicians have claimed that the rich weren’t paying their “fair share.” While it’s taken a decade or more for voters to catch wind of the truth, people are finally beginning to realize that the rich actually pay far more than the rest of us. According to Congressional Budget Office […]

Since Viking Times, The Nordics Have Been Different

Since Viking Times, The Nordics Have Been Different

by Joakim Book Why the Nordic countries – Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland – are different from the rest of the world has long fascinated scholars and political pundits alike. The left wants to know the recipe for Big Government so that they can successfully implement it in their home countries; the right wants […]

Poverty Isn’t Just About Money: Expanding The Child Tax Credit

Poverty Isn’t Just About Money: Expanding The Child Tax Credit

  by Veronique de Rugy The Wall Street Journal’s editors have written another great editorial, this time on the expansion of the child tax credit into a Universal Basic Income for children. Parents can now claim a maximum of $3,000 for those ages 6 to 17 and up and $3,600 for children under age 6, up from […]

An Armor Conspired: The Global Shipping Freeze

An Armor Conspired: The Global Shipping Freeze

by Peter C. Earle Despite numerous personal shortcomings, Jim Morrison of The Doors regularly evinced considerable writing talents. In the poem-song Horse Latitudes, he describes the conditions under which stalled galleons would, drifting listlessly at certain latitudes, jettison cargo so as to make their craft more susceptible to the slightest winds. The lyrics begin as follows: When the […]

The “Fortune Of The Commons”: Why Are There Still Blueberries In The Fields?

The “Fortune Of The Commons”: Why Are There Still Blueberries In The Fields?

by Joakim Book I live in quite a sparsely-populated place, with lots of wilderness and nature. This time of year, we have plenty of late-summer berries in season, and it isn’t uncommon to find stray hikers hunched over bushes eagerly picking blueberries and crowberries. This is what most people, economists included, would expect: Mother Nature […]

The Irony Of China’s Most Recent Bitcoin Ban

The Irony Of China’s Most Recent Bitcoin Ban

by Peter C. Earle Various aspects of cryptocurrency use have been banned in China numerous times over the better part of the last decade. The most stringent barriers yet, though, were announced on Friday, September 24th. In a series of statements, Chinese economic planners listed their edicts in stepwise fashion, including no financial supports or […]