by | Sep 6, 2018

This article was written by Rod Richardson, Doug Woodring, and Scott Cassell. Due to limitations in our formatting, we include their bylines here. An estimated 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year — a large number, but…

by | Aug 22, 2018

In the suburb of Houston I call home, the gig economy has made all the difference. Getting to the airport used to be a two-day logistical planning pain in the butt. Uber changed that. We didn’t have taxis. Now, neighbors…

by | Jul 11, 2018

This past weekend, the Haitian government, headed by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, announced price spikes on oil products. The economic shock has rocked Haiti, inciting the worst riots since the coup d’état of the early 1990s. Haiti, the most impoverished country…

by | Mar 15, 2018

Last week, President Donald Trump publicly praised entrepreneur Elon Musk at a cabinet meeting, applauding the Tesla and SpaceX leader for his work in producing aeronautical technology and rockets. Amid more general praise for private sector efforts to advance space…

by | Jan 4, 2018

Had a rather absurd exchange with Mike Madden of the Washington Post about whether or not to order delivery during a snowstorm. Yes. And tip insanely well. Are you kidding? In the run-up to Hurricane Harvey, the delivery guys were…

by | Sep 6, 2017

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…

by | Aug 23, 2017

America has two democracies, one political and the other free market. The concept of a political democracy dates back to Plato and his “Republic.” Ludwig von Mises and my mentor Dr. Bill Peterson (a student and colleague of Mises) wrote…

by | Apr 28, 2017

Wondering where the impetus for President Trump’s recent actions slapping tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber came from? A simple phrase helps to figure it out: cui bono — who benefits? The answer to that is fairly simple: the American lumber industry. Unsurprisingly,…

by | Mar 2, 2017

It is a bit jarring for me to point to economist, political theorist, and historian Murray Rothbard (1926–1995) as an example of American exceptionalism. Rothbard was a fierce critic of all aspects of the federal government, and for him, and…

by | Nov 17, 2016

Lawmakers have been tinkering around the edges of reforming the way the government delivers the mail, but, unless bolder measures, such as removing the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) monopoly status, are taken soon, the problem won’t ever be solved.  A…

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