Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens is a lecturer in the Government Department at Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2003. He has researched and written more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, a university press book, and a biennial book, Freedom in the 50 States. He received his department’s award for outstanding teaching, voted on by undergraduate students in the political science honor society, twice while at the University at Buffalo, and has 13 years of experience teaching at the university level. He is also president of Ethics and Economics Education of New England and vice president of the Free State Project. He lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Blog Posts

Is the USA really the highest-taxed nation in the world?

President Trump has repeatedly claimed that the United States is the highest-taxed country in the world. The data people are using to fact-check him are misleading.

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What’s wrong with being a rich kid with rich parents?

In partly free societies, more intergenerational mobility isn’t always a good thing.

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Federalism is not unfair.

Should the federal government provide a universal basic income for the states?

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Breaking up Spain: Secession and individual rights

A large region of Spain called Catalonia has announced its plans for a binding referendum on its independence from Spain. If the referendum vote succeeds, should Spain allow Catalonia to secede?

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What’s wrong with gun control? The same thing that’s wrong with immigration restrictions.

The advocates of immigration- and gun -control policies are promoting a standing law enforcement body to go around violating freedoms in the hope that a greater gain in freedom will happen down the road…

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The health care shell game: Why not leave health care policy to the states?

Recent arguments against cutting federal health care spending — and letting states handle insurance regulation — reveal just how unaffordable the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is.

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Who does occupational licensing protect?

The proponents of such licensing generally claim that it helps keep consumers like you safe from harm and fraud.
But let’s take a look at the evidence for ourselves.

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Why don’t humans kill each other like we used to?

Pinker claims — but fails to prove — that early states significantly increased human welfare by reducing the rate of war death.

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Immanuel Kant: Philosopher of Freedom

Kant was self-consciously an Enlightenment liberal who believed in limited government and maximum freedom.

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A political economist explains the best way to shrink the government in 9 charts

Let’s say that you’re a policymaker interested in reducing the size of government. Strategically, is it easier to cut government regulation or roll back the welfare state (thereby reducing government spending)?

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Partisan politics makes smart people stupid

Highly informed voters are also highly biased. That’s a serious problem for democracy, but also for any other system of political decision-making in big groups.

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