Economics

Study: 1 in 4 College Freshmen Need Remedial Education

Study: 1 in 4 College Freshmen Need Remedial Education

“With an average of two remedial classes taken per student, the half million recent high school graduates and their families overall paid an extra $3,000 for skills and content they should have learned in high school.”

Chicago Public Schools has a $1 billion deficit!?!

Chicago Public Schools has a $1 billion deficit!?!

And an overall $11 billion hole in its budget -- no wonder there was a teacher strike.

Is conspicuous consumption the cause of plummeting birth rates?

Is conspicuous consumption the cause of plummeting birth rates?

Keeping up with the Jones can drive families into debt and make them envious and miserable.

Left and Right: Why Not Work Together on Poverty?

Left and Right: Why Not Work Together on Poverty?

A tiresome false dichotomy bedevils political debate about the causes of poverty.

College Isn't for Everyone

College Isn't for Everyone

In our quest to get more impoverished kids into college, have we actually doomed them to a life of greater poverty?

When Socialism Works

When Socialism Works

Sanders-Style Economics Will Undo Any Large Society

Why FDR was against Public Employee Unions

Why FDR was against Public Employee Unions

In the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the Supreme Court announced a 4-4 vote on March 29, 2016. The tie was due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. For teachers unions around the country it was a great victory that would have likely not happened. FDR likely would have been disappointed.

Searching for a Political Jesus

Searching for a Political Jesus

Government can establish a legal order in which you can pursue happiness, but it cannot give you happiness. 

Millennials Want Socialism, But Don’t Want to Foot the Bill for It

Millennials Want Socialism, But Don’t Want to Foot the Bill for It

In the quest for equality, will millennials actually find themselves under more constraint and bondage than they could have imagined?

Huxley’s Disturbing Prophecy

Huxley’s Disturbing Prophecy

Huxley's 1947 foreword to 'Brave New World' contains a jarring prediction.

If Parents Stopped Enabling Their Kids, Maybe There Wouldn’t be as much Student Loan Debt

If Parents Stopped Enabling Their Kids, Maybe There Wouldn’t be as much Student Loan Debt

Too many parents are helping their children take out massive loans for colleges they can’t afford.

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

The larger system of innovation is built on the quest for comfort, for entertainment, for what often looks like decadence.

Uh-Oh... This is What Happens When There are Too Many Young People in the World

Uh-Oh... This is What Happens When There are Too Many Young People in the World

"At no point in recorded history has our world been so demographically lopsided..."

Feminist: Women Can’t Have It All

Feminist: Women Can’t Have It All

A high-powered feminist came clean in The Atlantic. 

It’s Refreshing to Hear about These Frugal Pro Athletes

It’s Refreshing to Hear about These Frugal Pro Athletes

These two pro athletes are bucking the trend. 

Chicago Low-Income Housing Voucher: $4,000/mo.

Chicago Low-Income Housing Voucher: $4,000/mo.

The inequity of the program is insane. 

Would Mutual Aid Societies Revive Healthcare AND Community?

Would Mutual Aid Societies Revive Healthcare AND Community?

Interest in mutual aid societies is experiencing a revival in the U.S.
 

Ignored: Poor Whites

Ignored: Poor Whites

The numbers are staggering.

Millennials Aren’t Kidding About Their Declining Income

Millennials Aren’t Kidding About Their Declining Income

"Pensioners by comparison have seen income soar."

Apprenticeships Are Not a Sign of Failure

Apprenticeships Are Not a Sign of Failure

There’s a clear message given to almost every high school student these days: go to college or you’ll be a failure.

It Shouldn't Matter Who the President Is

It Shouldn't Matter Who the President Is

And it doesn't have to

2015: the year when Italy’s demographic malaise became apparent

2015: the year when Italy’s demographic malaise became apparent

Can a country's values and way of life survive without children?

Economics Education is Returning to Schools

Economics Education is Returning to Schools

Some American schools are recognizing students’ financial literacy problem and are setting out to remedy it.

Want to See Life as a Perpetual Victim? There’s an App for That!!

Want to See Life as a Perpetual Victim? There’s an App for That!!

It’s a common conundrum at the end of a meal at a restaurant:  How to split the bill fairly?

Can Religion Help Rejuvenate the Black Community?

Can Religion Help Rejuvenate the Black Community?

By sidelining religion, have we unintentionally contributed to other economic, social, and political problems which plague American life?

The Average American Today Is Richer than John D. Rockefeller

The Average American Today Is Richer than John D. Rockefeller

Incalculably richer, in fact.

Do Millennials Take Employment for Granted?

Do Millennials Take Employment for Granted?

Is it time that Americans of all ages begin recognizing that the good life doesn’t come to a person without a lot of blood, sweat, and tears?

Is Organic Food Just a Waste of Money?

Is Organic Food Just a Waste of Money?

A new study finds that organics have more nutrients, but...

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