Archive for July, 2014
Burgeoning Regulations Threaten Our Humanity

Insofar as mainstream economics may be said to make moral-philosophical assumptions, it rests overwhelmingly on a consequentialist-utilitarian foundation. When mainstream economists say that an action is worthwhile, they mean that it is expected to give rise to benefits whose total value exceeds its total cost (that is, the most valued benefit necessarily forgone by…
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Do Private Prisons Make Financial Sense for States?

Most states use contract prisons for some of their corrections needs, often in the hope of saving money, but is contracting out really all that worthwhile for states? The current debate about prisons and the private sector has often generated more heat than light. Fortunately, a new study from the Independent Institute answers the…
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Why Hobby Lobby Is Not an Assault on Women

The reactions from the progressive side of the fence to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. was stunning.  The spin is that American women have been stripped of fundamental constitutional protections. Sandra Fluke at The Washington Post’s blog claimed that “[t]he Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women.”  The White House lamented that the decision…
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Ralph Nader’s Unstoppable

Ralph Nader’s new book, Unstoppable, describes a convergence of ideas on the political left and political right against the corporate state.  The book says there is a broad consensus, from socialists to libertarians, who oppose government policies that provide corporate welfare and bailouts for the economic elite and impose the costs on everyone else. …
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