Twenty years ago this week—on Indian Republic Day, 26 January 2000—I wandered into the slums behind the Charminar, in the Old City of Hyderabad, and my life changed forever. Building on my PhD at what is now the UCL Institute of Education, I had become an expert on private education. Twenty years ago, everyone knew … Continue reading Low-Cost Private Schools Are Revolutionizing Education for Millions of Children in Developing Nations
With the Equal Rights Amendment making its way back into the news in the month of February, the legal community has been abuzz with the possibility of a 28th Amendment finally getting tacked on to the Constitution. Of course, much of this conversation has been dedicated to whether the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) would need … Continue reading 5 Constitutional Amendments Americans Should Consider ASAP
Last month, several dozen religious leaders reaffirmed a number of radical economic propositions contained within the 1973 Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern. “Before God and a billion hungry neighbors, we must rethink our values regarding our present standard of living,” proclaims the document. The document goes on to lament the “materialism of our culture and the maldistribution … Continue reading The Gospel of Marx? Religious Leaders Call for ‘Redistribution’
What is the defining human rights issue of our time? Candidates include inequality (Barack Obama), modern slavery (Theresa May), climate change (UN), transgender equality (Joe Biden) and even biodiversity (New Scientist). Perhaps someone could tell the one million Uyghurs who are locked in internment camps in China because they are Muslims. “Members of the Xinjiang … Continue reading Why isn’t religious freedom ‘the defining issue of our time’?
Most people agree that women deserve the chance to advance up the economic latter. The real question is, how can that be achieved? What many don’t realize is that women’s advancement doesn’t require gender quotas or affirmative action. What’s needed, above all, is free market policies that allow women to make their own choices. Ivanka … Continue reading Why Free Market Policies Are Key to Empowering Women
Whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden remains a fugitive at large, but that didn’t stop him from popping up and chiming in on the recent presidential election. Snowden, who in 2013 blew the lid on the NSA’s massive covert surveillance program, recently appeared on camera via livestream to talk about privacy in an event hosted by … Continue reading Snowden: Stop Putting So Much Faith (and Fear) in Presidents
Eric Asimov at the New York Times has an excellent, detailed, and highly discouraging look at the reversal of one of the favorable trends for freedom of commerce in recent years, the greater ease of interstate wine shipment. Excerpt: In the last year or so, carriers like United Parcel Service and FedEx have told retailers that they … Continue reading FCC Finally Deregulates Telegraph Service, 11 Years After Its Demise