In January 2015, food sales at restaurants overtook those at grocery stores for the first time. Most thought this marked a permanent shift in the American meal. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, that trend took a U-turn. Restaurant revenue cratered, while shoppers emptied grocery shelves stocking up on food to cook at home. And with … Continue reading An ode to mac and cheese, the poster child for processed food
Lawmakers are trying to change the internet completely. They want to institute a “Fairness Doctrine,” weaponizing it to expose Big Tech companies to liability if they’re not “politically neutral.” They might succeed, too—so we need to understand what we’re getting into. There are over 3.5 billion snaps sent every day on Snapchat. There are roughly … Continue reading A ‘Fairness Doctrine’ for the Internet Could Backfire on Conservatives
Bodies are arriving at Anahi Ortiz’s office faster than he can process them. “We’ve literally run out of wheeled carts to put them on,” Ortiz, a coroner in Columbus, Ohio, recently told the Washington Post. The cause of death isn’t the coronavirus, however. It’s drug overdoses. Ortiz says sometimes his office will get as many … Continue reading Another Deadly Cost of COVID-19 Lockdowns: “A Hidden Epidemic” of Drug Overdoses
In response to the police killing of George Floyd, and to a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, protesters across the country have recently removed or vandalized statues celebrating Confederate soldiers, founding fathers, and explorers. Some cities and states have preemptively removed or covered such statues to reduce the likelihood of conflict. Those advocating for statue removal argue that honoring … Continue reading Should Governments Erect Statues?
Harper’s Magazine published “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” online this week, and the contents—as well as the names of some of those who signed the letter—have caused quite a commotion. A precursor to the print version, which will appear in the October edition of the magazine, the July 7 letter is a rallying cry for intellectual … Continue reading Harper’s Open Letter Critical of ‘Cancel Culture’ Should Be Applauded, Not Canceled
Why are some in the government so determined to force a group of Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs? That’s a question we all should be asking as we celebrate Wednesday’s Supreme Court victory for the Little Sisters. Regrettably, Wednesday’s victory is unlikely to be the end of the government harassment of the nuns. The Little … Continue reading Little Sisters of Poor Win Big at Supreme Court, but Fight Isn’t Over
In the midst of a global pandemic, halfway through 2020, 24-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes inked a $503 million contract with the franchise. To be accurate, it’s a 10-year extension—that’ll see him through 2031—to the tune of $447 million. Add this onto his current contract, along with a few other incentives and bits, … Continue reading Patrick Mahomes’s $503 Million Contract Offers a Crucial Lesson in Value Creation and Economic Freedom
White House “drug czar” Jim Carroll told Politico earlier this week that an Office of National Drug Control Policy analysis finds an 11.4 percent year‐over‐year increase in opioid‐related overdose deaths during the first four months of 2020. Kentucky has seen a 25 percent increase in overdose deaths during the first four months of this year, and West Virginia saw … Continue reading “Drug Czar” Says Overdose Deaths Were Already Rising Before Pandemic and Now Are Spiking—The Ultimate Blame Belongs to Prohibition
Among the accomplishments of last week’s protest mob at the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison: * The mob pulled down two statues. One was “Forward,” a replica of an allegorical representation of a female figure created by sculptor Jean Pond Miner in 1893, both created and later preserved through subscription contributions from Wisconsin women. * The other was … Continue reading For Liberal Public Values. Against Mob Violence.
The NBA is considering allowing players to use personalized statements on jerseys to promote social justice causes. The season, which has been halted due to the coronavirus, is expected to restart July 30 in Orlando, Florida. Jerseys are expected to carry statements such as "Black Lives Matter," "I Can't Breathe," and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” … Continue reading NBA Player Stuns with Controversial Social Justice Statement—on Economics