Five Ways the Charlottesville Marches Backfired

By Jeffrey A. Tucker It’s a rule of social and political movements that they cannot fully control the outcome of their efforts. Actions cause reactions, many of them unanticipated and certainly unintended. This is because no group, no matter how powerful, can control the human minds of others not part of their cause. This is … Continue reading Five Ways the Charlottesville Marches Backfired

Don’t License Marijuana, Legalize It

If libertarians were in charge of legalizing marijuana, their first instinct would be to reach for an eraser. That is, libertarians would simply eliminate existing laws that outlaw marijuana, rather than “design” the marijuana market by establishing a licensing board, capping the number of legal marijuana retailers, and the like. Actual state marijuana legalizations, however, … Continue reading Don’t License Marijuana, Legalize It

Marxists Are Not on the ‘Right Side of History’

One of the most common phrases to be heard from “the left” is the assertion that someone or some public policy is or is not on “the right side of history.” It has almost become a mantra by those who disagree with, hate, or are fearful of ideas and policies proposed by those generally characterized … Continue reading Marxists Are Not on the ‘Right Side of History’

Bernie Sanders Is Asking the Wrong Question about Religious Liberty

When I went to graduate school to study the 16th and 17th centuries, I was often asked how that ancient history could possibly be relevant to life in the 21st century. As I’ve had more than one occasion to note, the early modern era seems more relevant all the time. This week provided another stellar … Continue reading Bernie Sanders Is Asking the Wrong Question about Religious Liberty

Governments Shouldn’t Even Fund Schools

Education reporters frequently make the claim that government ought to fund and operate educational institutions because schooling is a public good. However, since schooling fails both conditions required for a public good to exist, schools should not be publicly operated. Schooling is Not a Public Good According to the economic definition, a public good is non-rival in consumption and non-excludable. … Continue reading Governments Shouldn’t Even Fund Schools

Charles Murray: 9 Facts You Might Not Know

1. HE WAS BORN IN IOWA Newton, Iowa, to be precise—a town of some 15,000 residents in the middle of the Hawkeye State. 2. HE WAS A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER From 1965 to 1967, Murray volunteered for the Peace Corps, working for Thailand’s Ministry of Health. 3. HE STUDIED HISTORY (NOT POLITICAL SCIENCE) AT HARVARD … Continue reading Charles Murray: 9 Facts You Might Not Know