“Common Good Capitalism” Is No Substitute for Free Enterprise

The notion that, left unguided, without any sort of of policy involvement, the market will solve our problems will not restore a balance between the obligations and rights of the private sector and working Americans. —Senator Marco Rubio, Nov. 5, 2019 Senator Marco Rubio and his common good capitalism advocates may mean well. But as … Continue reading “Common Good Capitalism” Is No Substitute for Free Enterprise

I Was Sentenced to Life Without Parole for a Non-Violent First Drug Offense

The following is an article by Craig Cesal, a federal prisoner sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as a first-time offender convicted of conspiring to distribute marijuana. "I sentence you to a term of natural life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole." These were the words I heard in the months after the … Continue reading I Was Sentenced to Life Without Parole for a Non-Violent First Drug Offense

41 Inconvenient Truths on the “New Energy Economy”

Go here to tell Congress to kill the "Green New Deal!" ----- A week doesn’t pass without a mayor, governor, policymaker or pundit joining the rush to demand, or predict, an energy future that is entirely based on wind/solar and batteries, freed from the “burden” of the hydrocarbons that have fueled societies for centuries. Regardless … Continue reading 41 Inconvenient Truths on the “New Energy Economy”

Restricting trade in endangered species can backfire, triggering market booms

Every year humans buy and sell hundreds of millions of wild animals and plants around the world. Much of this commerce is legal, but illegal trade and over-harvesting have driven many species toward extinction. One common response is to adopt bans on trading in threatened or endangered species. But research shows that this approach can … Continue reading Restricting trade in endangered species can backfire, triggering market booms

Low-Cost Private Schools Are Revolutionizing Education for Millions of Children in Developing Nations

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

How the First Female African-American Millionaire Turned Adversity Into Advantage

Imagine being born an African-American in Louisiana two years after the end of slavery. Imagine being born a woman in a Victorian era, widowed at the age of 16. Imagine working as a laundress for most of your young life, with a(nother) husband discouraging you from your entrepreneurial dreams. Then imagine losing most of your … Continue reading How the First Female African-American Millionaire Turned Adversity Into Advantage

EPA Needs to Finalize Rule Rejecting Past Regulatory Abuses

Go here to tell Congress to kill the "Green New Deal!" When the Environmental Protection Agency issues a regulation, the rule should do more good than harm. That hasn’t always been obvious to the EPA, and to some, it still isn’t obvious.   In 2012, the Obama administration finalized the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (the “MATS” … Continue reading EPA Needs to Finalize Rule Rejecting Past Regulatory Abuses