Economics

How the Minimum Wage Affected Workers During (and After) the Great Recession

How the Minimum Wage Affected Workers During (and After) the Great Recession

We keep artificially inflating the price of labor—through increases in the minimum wage—and are shocked when it makes it harder or even impossible for low-skilled workers to find work.

Does Equal Pay Day Promote Myths About Women's Pay?

Does Equal Pay Day Promote Myths About Women's Pay?

Is Equal Pay Day based on misleading claims?

The Problem of Care in a Culture of Convenience

The Problem of Care in a Culture of Convenience

Caregiving is important. The mind-numbing, ordinary, unseen, everyday sacrifices have an impact far beyond what we see in the present.

A Government Guide to Keeping Insulin Unaffordable: 3 Easy Steps to Hogtie a Market

A Government Guide to Keeping Insulin Unaffordable: 3 Easy Steps to Hogtie a Market

Desperate patients pay up because they have nowhere else to go—and their distress is deliberate and designed.

San Antonio Violates Chick-Fil-A's First Amendment Rights

San Antonio Violates Chick-Fil-A's First Amendment Rights

The City of San Antonio cannot discriminate against Chick-Fil-A because it disapproves of the company's charitable giving.  Donations to a private group are protected by the First Amendment.  

America's Apartheid Is Not Black and White

America's Apartheid Is Not Black and White

Forget race: the real dividing line is class, with identity politics there to distract us into submission.

The Rosetta Stone's Hidden Lesson on Taxes and Special Interests

The Rosetta Stone's Hidden Lesson on Taxes and Special Interests

Tax season is a good time to remind us that the history of taxes tells the story of whole civilizations.

The Pitfalls of Ethnic Pay Gaps

The Pitfalls of Ethnic Pay Gaps

The publication of ethnic pay gaps and its inevitable misinterpretation will encourage resentment and misinformation.

Single-Payer Healthcare Topples Nordic Government

Single-Payer Healthcare Topples Nordic Government

Failure to reform the national health system has led the government to collapse in one of the most statist governments following the Nordic model.

Why We Don’t Have Generic Insulin

Why We Don’t Have Generic Insulin

“Why is Narcan free to a dope addict but my insulin is $750 a month?”

The Most Intolerant County in America (and the Most Tolerant City)
Why We Need a Socialist Dating Market

Why We Need a Socialist Dating Market

Dating apps like Tinder  have created a large, unregulated market for dating.  But here is where capitalism fails. Every man can join a dating app, few will ever get a date.  

‘Immediate Harm to Millions’: AFL-CIO Tears Apart Green New Deal

‘Immediate Harm to Millions’: AFL-CIO Tears Apart Green New Deal

The largest organization of labor unions in the U.S. slammed the Green New Deal for combating climate change by threatening the livelihoods of millions of Americans.

What Does the Government Buy on Its Year-End Spending Spree? Here’s What Made the List.

What Does the Government Buy on Its Year-End Spending Spree? Here’s What Made the List.

These examples are only the tip of the iceberg.

Venezuela's 3 Comrades in Economic Meltdowns

Venezuela's 3 Comrades in Economic Meltdowns

The last decade has witnessed very few collapses as steep as the one Venezuela is still immersed in, but there are some significant runners-up.

New Houses Are Getting Smaller — But They're Still Much Larger Than What Your Grandparents Had

New Houses Are Getting Smaller — But They're Still Much Larger Than What Your Grandparents Had

Would city planners and neighborhood groups welcome a developer who planned to build a neighborhood of 1950s retro housing?

In Germany, the State Can Seize Your Dog if You're Late on Taxes

In Germany, the State Can Seize Your Dog if You're Late on Taxes

The state relies on force to achieve its ends.

Minimum Wage Hike to $15 Wipes Out Jobs in Illinois and New York

Minimum Wage Hike to $15 Wipes Out Jobs in Illinois and New York

Big minimum wage hikes wipe out a lot of jobs.

Quiz: How Strong is Your Thriftiness Quotient?

Quiz: How Strong is Your Thriftiness Quotient?

A handy meter to track how you are doing in regards to saving and thrift.

Don't Write Off Young 'Socialists'

Don't Write Off Young 'Socialists'

While public opinion has softened toward socialism, the public’s perception of what socialism is has shifted. 

New York City Experienced Worst Decline in Restaurant Jobs since 9/11 After $15 Minimum Wage Win

New York City Experienced Worst Decline in Restaurant Jobs since 9/11 After $15 Minimum Wage Win

New economic research suggests their latest experiment is not going as planned.

My Family Fled Communism When I Was 6. Now We Fear Our Nightmare Has Followed Us Here

My Family Fled Communism When I Was 6. Now We Fear Our Nightmare Has Followed Us Here

With children in tow, my parents escaped oppression and a lack of human rights—the right to pursue happiness and the right to own property.

How Government-Guaranteed Student Loans Killed the American Dream for Millions

How Government-Guaranteed Student Loans Killed the American Dream for Millions

There needs to be a major cultural shift away from the belief that college is a one-size-fits-all requirement for success.

The Double-edged Sword of Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela

The Double-edged Sword of Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela

Are economic sanctions an effective way to remove Venezuela’s satrap from power?

New York State Budget Director on the 'Fundamental Ignorance' That Killed the Amazon Deal

New York State Budget Director on the 'Fundamental Ignorance' That Killed the Amazon Deal

New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica is not pleased his state is missing out on Amazon’s second headquarters.

The Myth of Millennial Socialism

The Myth of Millennial Socialism

The real reason so many millennials gravitate toward Bernie Sanders.

Do You Want Fries With That? Thoughts on a Liberal Arts Major

Do You Want Fries With That? Thoughts on a Liberal Arts Major

Studying the liberal arts may seem like a one way road to unemployment. Nothing could further from the truth.  

Canada’s Universal Child Care Program Suggests Elizabeth Warren’s Plan Would Be Disastrous for Children

Canada’s Universal Child Care Program Suggests Elizabeth Warren’s Plan Would Be Disastrous for Children

If Canada’s program is any indication, the government’s definition of “high-quality” child care may, in fact, be harming children.

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