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Economics

Congestion tax in Manhattan: Readers speak!

Last month, I wrote a post that asked whether Manhattan should tax ride-shares, tax all vehicles, do something else, or do nothing at all. And you had some ideas about that. Below, I have tried to combine your answers (I got nearly 30) into a manageable set of categories. Responses were about evenly split among Do Nothing, Impose General Congestion Tax, and Impose Taxes on Ride-Shares. To save space, and avoid repetition, I chose some of the most representative of each group, edited them very lightly, and combined them to make what I print below as an illustration of a general view. That means

Economics

The organic industry is a case study in rent-seeking.

Adam Smith, the 18th century economist and philosopher, offered good insights into human nature as well as economics.  “People of the same trade seldom

Economics

Free trade lets us turn corn into cars.

People often see international trade and immigration as a way that foreigners take advantage of us, but economists, whether they're liberal or conservative,

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Economics

Congestion tax in Manhattan: Readers speak!

Last month, I wrote a post that asked whether Manhattan should tax ride-shares, tax all vehicles, do something else, or do nothing at all. And you had some ideas about that. Below, I have tried to combine your answers (I got nearly 30) into a manageable set of categories. Responses were about evenly split among […]

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Learn Liberty Turns 7

Since our inaugural videos in 2011, Learn Liberty has sought to advance the ideas of classical liberalism with the help of the scholars and professors who champion them. We’re proud to say that seven years running, the legacy of our early videos lives on in the work we do today. At the core of the […]

Economics

The organic industry is a case study in rent-seeking.

If businesses get government subsidies to make their products cheaper, or “capture” regulation to hurt their competitors, that’s rent seeking.

Economics

Free trade lets us turn corn into cars.

From the American point of view, technology and trade are the same. From the human point of view, trade is better.

Ethics

The Sweet Cakes case: Let the market give discrimination its just desserts.

The Oregon-based Sweet Cakes bakery has been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple for their ceremony. In December of 2017, the Oregon State Court of Appeals upheld the decision to force the bakery to pay the couple for damages.

Economics

Does Manhattan need a congestion tax on Uber?

Charging “prices” does not a market make.

Economics

What’s wrong with making money?

Social justice advocates argue that it is “society’s” duty to eliminate pain and inequality wherever and whenever it exists. What is interesting is that I have never met Mr. Society.

Government

The politics of "The Last Jedi"

One Resistance fighter says that the movement will win “not by fighting what we hate, but by saving what we love.” But what do they love?

History

Tear down those statues

I have tried to avoid saying much about the “Confederate statues” kerfuffle. That’s partly because the issue is more complicated than it’s often made out to be.

Health Care

How the government ruined health care for those who need it most

If you develop an expensive chronic illness, you might think the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will protect you. Instead, you’re likely to end up with subpar coverage or no coverage at all for your condition.

Economics

The real effects of good intentions

On the first day of my economics classes, I tell my students that if they saw my paychecks that they would realize the school is exploiting me.

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Truthiness and the origins of "fake news"

If I have my news, and you have yours, and both of us rely on truthiness — the uncontestable “essential” truth of our beliefs, regardless of facts — it’s impossible to have a conversation.

Ethics

Life isn’t fair, but can government help that?

Luck egalitarianism is, roughly, the view that inequalities in life prospects resulting from luck are unjust. If Amy has better job opportunities than Bob because she happened to have parents who could afford to send her to a fancy private school, that’s unfair.

Health Care

The dirty word that gives us our freedom

Competition is often considered a dirty word, with many critics of free market ideas emphasizing the cutthroat competition of Wall Street as an example of how competition brings out the worst in people, encourages us to cut corners, and undermines our altruistic tendencies.

Liberty

3 reasons why the NRA is so powerful

Organized interest groups are able to control a lot of policy making, even if most people in the unorganized public disagree with them.

Philosophy

Looking at randomness but seeing conspiracies

The wary cat has a theory of the world: “Stove burns you. Stay away from stove.”