By Bradley Thomas During the current coronavirus lockdown, I’d pay good money to see just one public official be asked: “How many lives are you willing to sacrifice to prevent one coronavirus death?” Thomas Sowell has repeatedly written that in a world of scarcity there are no solutions, only tradeoffs. The lockdown debate has thus far focused on that tradeoff as one … [Read more...] about How Many Lives Will Politicians Sacrifice in the Name of Fighting COVID-19?
Op-Ed by John Klyczek Democratic presidential candidates, such as Elizabeth Warren, have pledged to fix the American education system by replacing privatized charter schools with “community schools” that incorporate “socioemotional-learning (SEL)” programs. These “Democratic” community schools, which teach “social skills” and “emotional competencies,” might sound like … [Read more...] about Community Schools Are Not the Antidote to Charter Schools
By Ash Navabi Both economic decisions and political decisions involve choices and tradeoffs. The difference is that economic decisions are ultimately informed and rely upon monetary prices, revenues and costs. Political decisions, meanwhile, do not depend on market outcomes—they can be based on love, legacy, favors, or establishing power relations. Zoning is the practice … [Read more...] about The Economics and Politics of Zoning
By Matthew Bankert Many people wary of government power rightly criticize public schools for being more indoctrination than education. When the institution is fully dependent on the state for support, why would any ideas be put forth that could put their lifeblood in jeopardy? On education, Mises wrote in Human Action: …as soon as one wants to go farther [than elementary … [Read more...] about How School Districts Put Politics Before Children
By Jen Sidorova Candidates were back at it last week, competing to see who could present the best student loan forgiveness plan. Sure, that might appeal to some of the party's base and America’s cash-strapped millennials. But for roughly 46 million immigrants like me, the idea that the government should forgive student loans is totally unfair. After all, when we came here, … [Read more...] about I Immigrated to the US to Pursue the American Dream, Not to Pay for Your College Degree