By Brooke Medina Beyond keeping up with the latest IHME model and rising unemployment numbers, how can we spend these days that seem to drone on, one obscurely melding into the next? Unless you’re incredibly popular and find yourself attending more than several Zoom happy hours a week, chances are that you have some extra, government-mandated margin in your life. And during … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Grow and Feel More Secure During This Time of Uncertainty
By Richard M. Salsman Abundant historical evidence informs us that poverty both sickens and kills over the long term, that it brings higher rates of morbidity and mortality, not only in less-wealthy, “less-developed” nations but also among poorer folks in wealthier nations. Put positively, wealth promotes health; it thereby increases lifespans and happiness; and it does so … [Read more...] about Unwealthy is Unhealthy, So Why Mandate It?
By Bruce Yandle 2020 is here, so let us consider the political-economic landscape and the long-run outlook. Are expectations high? Low? Both? Let’s take a look. In a year-end assessment, Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald F. Seib put his finger on what looks like a major puzzle. The matter has to do with a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll that revealed unusually … [Read more...] about The Prospects for Prosperity in the New Year
By Tyler Brandt “The 2010s have been the best decade ever. The evidence is overwhelming.” Those are the words of Cato Institute senior fellow Johan Norberg, penned in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. Norberg’s words seem hyperbolic at first glance, but he may be right. In many ways, the world is getting better every day, and at an explosive rate. This is contrary … [Read more...] about 6 Reasons for Optimism in 2020
By Richard M. Salsman Myopic accounts of American economic performance are common today, permitting political partisans to cite whatever period they wish to prove any case they want. Republicans today insist that President Trump’s policies have revitalized U.S. economic growth after years of supposed stagnation under President Obama, while Democrats say Obama’s policies … [Read more...] about As the U.S. Government Grows, American Prosperity Slows
By Richard M. Ebeling If you look at the results of relatively open and competitive market economies over the years, the decades, and especially the last two centuries, the only conclusion that can reasonably be reached is that free market liberal-oriented societies provide the conditions and opportunities for constant and continuous material and social betterment for the … [Read more...] about What 19th-Century Foreign Writers Said about American Freedom and Prosperity