Is “buying local” even possible?

August 28, 2017 – Anthony Gill …… The operative question is whether any product is truly “local”. If you are familiar with Leonard Read’s famous I, Pencil, then you won’t be surprised to find out that even the simplest things (e.g., pencils) are made from materials and labor all over the world. Continue reading →

Good Reasons Not to Unionize

August 25, 2017 – Charles Baird …… In the U.S. in 1983 union market share in the private-sector was 16.5%. It has fallen ever since. It was 6.4% in 2016. Union-free workers have consistently revealed their preferences to remain union-free. Continue reading →

How governments outlaw affordable housing

August 24, 2017 – Ryan McMaken …… An insufficient supply of housing and high prices are a direct result of various government policies. Those with low incomes suffer the most. This often includes minorities. Politicians speak about ‘diversity and inclusion’ as they simultaneously enact policies opposed to these ideals. They do this consciously, routinely, frequently, and without apology. Actions speak louder than words. Continue reading →

London City Council spends $5.9 million for two bridges for the city’s cycling trail network. This money could have been used to reduce poverty in London, that is, if these politicians were actually serious about their previous commitment to do so.

August 18, 2017 – Lee Friday …… Few people, and certainly not politicians, would dare say that cycling trails and bridges are more desirable than poverty reduction. Yet, a handout of $5.9 million to cyclists means $5.9 million less for poverty reduction. Continue reading →