Andrew Langer

Andrew Langer is President of the Institute for Liberty. From 1999-2002 he was with the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Putting Risk Assessment to Good Use

 

Public policy is, at its essence, the act of making choices. With any particular policy problem, there are a myriad of solutions to it, and it is up to policymakers to carefully assess these options as a way of determining which solution would be best. There are a wide variety of tools at the disposal […]

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The HDTV Switch Revisited: Is ATSC 3.0 Déjà Vu All Over Again?

 

The question has become commonplace on social media:  someone having grown so frustrated with their options for TV that they’re asking for advice on how to “cut the cord”: which services to use, what equipment they need to purchase, how it changes their viewing habits. It used to be easy—you’d plug your TV in, connect […]

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Beware the False Promises of ‘Faux’ Privatization

 

As a general practice, privatization of certain government operations can be a good thing. Government should be in the business of doing things that are inherently governmental, and anything that the government is doing that isn’t “inherently governmental” should be done by the private sector. But problems arise when policymakers, in the name of privatization, […]

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Putting Childlike Ways Behind When It Comes to Trade

 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I grew up, I put my childlike ways behind me. Strange that a passage from 1 Corinthians can instruct us on international trade policy, but in the case of our relations with Mexico, […]

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Passing the AHCA Is An Essential First Step In Real Health Care Reform

 

When it comes to health care policy there are two kinds of people: those who know that health care is not the same as health insurance, and those who confuse the two. Health care is actually what people want… the actual access to someone who’s going to take care of their health needs, whatever those […]

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Trump Flipped the Script on Trade

 

If there is one over-arching conclusion that can be drawn from the first two weeks of the Donald Trump administration, it’s that President Trump aims to keep the promises he made to his voters during the 2016 campaign. The degree to which Trump is striving to keep those promises is nearly unheard of (Americans had […]

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Trump Has Flipped the Script on Trade

 

If there is one over-arching conclusion that can be drawn from the first two weeks of the Donald Trump administration, it’s that President Trump aims to keep the promises he made to his voters during the 2016 campaign.  The degree to which Trump is striving to keep those promises is nearly-unheard of (Americans had come […]

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Skewing the Narrative on Trade Policy

 

Interviewers exert a tremendous amount of power over their interviews — from the questions they ask (or, more importantly, don’t ask) to the tone with which they ask those questions, they can create or dispel a subject’s influence or appeared expertise. This past week, Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace on National Public Radio, interviewed David […]

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High-Speed Rail — An Expensive Trip Back to the 1800s!

 

In the television series, The Simpsons, the creators parodied the central plot point of the celebrated musical, The Music Man. But instead of fleecing the citizens of Springfield by duping them into creating a youth marching band, the updated version of Harold Hill dupes Homer and company into building a monorail. That was in 1993. […]

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The Central Issue of Election 2016?

 

In any election, when a strong challenger goes up against the incumbent power structure, the central issue is whether you’re better off then you were when that power structure took office. At the very least, it’s a question of whether the government was run competently by those in power. Certainly, one of the things New […]

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