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Lower taxes are also known to contribute to long-term economic growth, and after enduring so many economic setbacks, this would be the best chance millennials have of being able to secure a brighter future.
Taxing

Why millennials should want lower taxes

The millennial generation, typically defined as those of us born from 1981 to 1996, is well-known for, on average, supporting economic policies deemed as progressive, and being in favor of generous social programs, even if that means being made to pay more in taxes. Seeking to establish themselves amid the tumultuous economic landscape of the early 21st century, millennials have faced - and continue to face - unique economic challenges that are different to those faced by previous generations.  Naturally, millennials feel hard done by. Especially when considering how much average housing

Student loan debt forgiveness can be characterized as a regressive policy in that it disproportionately benefits higher income households at the expense of working-class taxpayers who are already struggling. Besides, Biden's plan does nothing to address the root causes of soaring tuition fees
Education

Student loan debt forgiveness is not the sunshine and rainbows we think

Rising student debt is one of those issues that crops up every few years and is still grossly misunderstood. The cost of living crisis has been a catalyst

The pursuit of profit in the free market is often cited as the main cause of environmental disasters and poor environmental quality, leading to a lot of blame placed on entrepreneurs. However, this is certainly not set in stone. Indeed, the pursuit of profit can actually protect the environment, rather than devastate it.
Environment

How the profit motive can protect the environment

The pursuit of profit in the free market is often cited as the main cause of environmental disasters and poor environmental quality, leading to a lot of

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What lessons can we learn about the importance of property rights from examples such as rental cars and Brazil's favelas?
Basic Economics

Favelas and rental cars: lessons about property rights

What lessons can we learn about the importance of property rights from examples such as rental cars and Brazil’s favelas?

If attorney voucher programs were in effect, they would decrease incarceration rates, making it more difficult to convict people for victimless crimes.
Criminal Justice

Attorney voucher programs and criminal justice reform

If attorney voucher programs were in effect, they would decrease incarceration rates, making it more difficult to convict people for victimless crimes.

Despite the name, progressive economic policies actually end up having regressive effects. Let's consider a couple of examples
Economics

The regressive aspects of progressive economic policies

Despite the name, progressive economic policies actually end up having regressive effects. Let’s consider a couple of examples

Despite a myriad of evidence, Russia claims the Ukrainians faked the atrocities in Bucha as a false flag. Sadly, many in the West buy this narrative
Human Rights

No, the atrocities in Bucha are not a false flag

Despite a myriad of evidence, Russia claims that the Ukrainians faked the atrocities in Bucha as a false flag attack. Sadly, many in the West buy this narrative.

Around the world, many countries, including the United States, are seeing inflation rates rise higher than we’ve seen in a generation. Yet there are a number of myths going around about inflation that many people believe.
Basic Economics

Five myths about inflation

In order to be able to address the root problems of inflation, we need to dispel some common myths. Here are our top five picks:

Reddit created an open, collaborative canvas where anyone can paint, but the only way to render a cohesive image is collaboration through spontaneous order.
Basic Economics

How a Reddit April Fools’ joke can explain spontaneous order

Reddit created an open, collaborative canvas where anyone can paint, but the only way to render a cohesive image is collaboration through spontaneous order.

The Prague Spring of 1968 has a legacy that proved influential in the downfall of the Eastern Bloc a generation later, and continues to inspire to this day.
Civil Liberties

The Prague Spring: planting the seeds of freedom

The Prague Spring of 1968 has a legacy that proved influential in the downfall of the Eastern Bloc a generation later, and continues to inspire to this day.

Libertarians believe in negative rights and oppose infringements on people's autonomy, but how does this work with cases of fraud?
Free Will and Moral Responsibility

Why libertarians oppose fraud — in 300 words

Libertarians believe in negative rights and oppose infringements on people’s autonomy, but how does this work with cases of fraud?

Health Care

Five myths about healthcare

Healthcare in the United States is Pandora’s Box: even the mere thought of it releases physical and emotional curses upon policymakers.

Proponents of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill claim it's about protecting students and families, yet it's merely a pretext for limiting freedom.
Education

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law is about state censorship, not parental rights

Proponents of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill claim it’s about protecting students and families, yet it’s merely a pretext for limiting freedom.

Self-ownership is a key concept in libertarian ideology. It means exactly what it sounds like: the idea that every person owns themselves.
Free Will and Moral Responsibility

Self-ownership and libertarianism: we must fully own ourselves to be free

Self-ownership is a key concept in libertarian ideology. It means exactly what it sounds like: the idea that every person owns themselves.

John Locke and David Hume are two thinkers who provided a robust defense of property rights, and their arguments are markedly different.
Basic Economics

How do we justify property rights?

John Locke and David Hume are two thinkers who provided a robust defense of property rights, and their arguments are markedly different.

Coercing young and middle-aged men to fight implies that certain people’s rights are not absolute, but disposable in service of the “greater good”
Civil Liberties

Just war; unjust conscription

Coercing young and middle-aged men to fight implies that certain people’s rights are not absolute, but disposable in service of the “greater good”

Already oppressed by an authoritarian regime, Russians are now made to fight and die in service to Putin’s brand of tyranny. What are their options?
Censorship

What can Russians do to help Ukraine?

Already oppressed by an authoritarian regime, Russians are now made to fight and die in service to Putin’s brand of tyranny. What are their options?

At present, we are reminded that freedom is not guaranteed. The war in Ukraine is fundamentally a showdown between liberty and tyranny.
History

Ukraine and the struggle for liberty

At present, we are reminded that freedom is not guaranteed. The war in Ukraine is fundamentally a showdown between liberty and tyranny.

Faced with the full-scale invasion of their country and widespread atrocities, Ukrainians stand defiant against Putin's aggression.
Justice

Ukrainians stand defiant in the face of Putin’s aggression

Faced with the full-scale invasion of their country and widespread atrocities, Ukrainians stand defiant against Putin’s aggression.

When we think of terms such as capitalism, individualism, or selfishness, one name comes to mind: Ayn Rand. But what makes Rand so significant?
Ethics

What makes Ayn Rand so significant

When we think of terms such as capitalism, individualism, or selfishness, one name comes to mind: Ayn Rand. But what makes Rand so significant?

In response to the Freedom Convoy, Justin Tudeau’s government has invoked new powers with extremely serious implications.
Civil Liberties

Freedom Convoy: Justin Trudeau chooses repression over removing mandates

In response to the Freedom Convoy, Justin Tudeau’s government has invoked new powers with extremely serious implications.

Is free expression only an instrumental good, i.e., good because it results in good consequences? Or is it intrinsically good, in and of itself? The answer is both.
Free Speech

Why free speech is good ― in 300 words

Is free expression only an instrumental good, i.e., good because it results in good consequences? Or is it intrinsically good, in and of itself? The answer is both.

As a sovereign and independent nation, Ukraine’s foreign policy is not a matter to be determined by Vladimir Putin, the United States, or the European Union
Government

Ukraine’s foreign policy is a matter for Ukrainians, not Putin

As a sovereign and independent nation, Ukraine’s foreign policy is not a matter to be determined by Vladimir Putin, the United States, or the European Union

Modernity is unthinkable without capitalism, yet Ayn Rand defined capitalism as an unknown ideal, one whose benefits people did not understand
Economics

Modernity is unthinkable without capitalism

Modernity is unthinkable without capitalism, yet Ayn Rand defined capitalism as an unknown ideal, one whose benefits people did not understand

In recent weeks, the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has seen anti-government protests on a scale not seen during its three decades of independence
Civil Liberties

What’s been happening with the protests in Kazakhstan?

In recent weeks, the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has seen anti-government protests on a scale not seen during its three decades of independence

As ideologues on the left and right push their demands, there is an alternative to the culture war: the presumption of liberty. Live and let live
Democracy and Voting

Dr. Tom Palmer: We must end the culture war

As ideologues on the left and right push their demands, there is an alternative to the culture war: the presumption of liberty. Live and let live

Free Markets and Capitalism

Legends of Liberty: Edward Jenner

One thing everyone seemingly can agree on is that Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and other pharmaceutical companies developed their Covid-19 vaccines in world-record time. Less than a year passed from the outbreak of the virus in January 2020 until a British woman received the first dose in December 2020. (And they could have been […]