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Don’t Blame Twitter for the “Post-Idea” Age

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Don’t Blame Twitter for the “Post-Idea” Age

Writing in a recent New York Times Sunday review column, Neal Gabler takes note of the The Atlantic’s list of the “14 Biggest Ideas of the Year”: Take a deep breath. The ideas include “The Players Own the Game” (No. 12), “Wall Street: Same as it Ever Was” (No. 6), “Nothing Stays Secret” (No. 2), […]

Don’t Blame Capitalism for High Health Insurance Costs

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Don’t Blame Capitalism for High Health Insurance Costs

Suppose Congress passed a law requiring that all restaurant meals include broccoli and okra, whether the customer wanted them or not. Restaurants must also charge the same price for all meals, regardless of whether the customer ordered a small salad or a large steak. And they must serve free meals to children up to age […]

Government: Still Flunking the Unemployment Test

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Government: Still Flunking the Unemployment Test

Imagine that you are beginning your first year of college. Things start off well, but then one day you come to class and are dismayed to find your professor asking you to turn in an assignment that wasn’t on the syllabus. After this, the professor adds new assignments and readings with no warning even after […]

Steve Jobs’ “Philanthropy”: Only a Side-Effect

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Steve Jobs’ “Philanthropy”: Only a Side-Effect

Only by focusing on enriching his own life has Jobs benefitted the lives of others Steve Jobs has been described in many ways: brilliant, innovative, driven, visionary, even egomaniacal. One word rarely associated with Jobs is “philanthropic”—indeed, he eliminated all corporate charity programs when returning as head of Apple in 1997. In an article at […]

Solyndra: Failed Ideal or Green Cronyism?

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Solyndra: Failed Ideal or Green Cronyism?

After touting “green energy” as the solution to everything from climate change to economic recession, the Obama administration is facing the somewhat embarrassing failure of one of its pet projects: the solar energy start up Solyndra Inc. While the failure of a solar energy company is hardly surprising given the impotence of the technology, this […]

A Competition Without Winners

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A Competition Without Winners

Washington’s latest attempt to put a stop to economic success in the name of “fairness” In an economy characterized by slow growth, one might expect the government to do what it can to help speed the pace of business. In economics, speed is crucial: the rate at which things are made, discovered, invented, and delivered […]

Progress is Optional

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Progress is Optional

The source of technology and prosperity—the free human mind—is unshackled only under capitalism Would you give up the Internet for a million dollars? This was the question posed in a recent YouTube video distributed by The Fund for American Studies. Not surprisingly, many who were interviewed in the video said “no.” How much would they […]

Bigger Than Bin Laden

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Bigger Than Bin Laden

Ten years after the horrific wounds he inflicted on the American people, Osama bin Laden is dead. His death brings a sense of closure to many eager to see justice served. With the most recognizable jihadist dead and gone, Americans have been prompted to reflect on the decade-long “War on Terror.” In fact, some have […]