Freedom and Foreign Policy

Foreign policy involves a variety of complex and interrelated tasks entrusted to the national government. A shortlist includes building strategic alliances, developing trade agreements, improving...

Living On the Edge (Politically) Affects Your Happiness

If you pay attention to your social media feed, it probably comes as no surprise that people find happiness in the misery of their political opponents. My research sheds light on this partisan...

Regulating the Risky and Risque

Last week, North Dakotans voted on a constitutional ballot measure to legalize using, growing, and selling marijuana recreationally (Measure 3). It was soundly defeated.

There are a variety of reasons...

Capitalism Mythbusters: Free markets destroy civil society.

This is the fourth entry in a multi-part series on Capitalism Mythbusters. 

It is becoming increasingly common for people to attribute the economic system of free exchange, also known as capitalism, with the erosion of community and civil society. 

The Future of Social Security: Shifting Away from Pay-As-You-Go

This is the final installment in a series of articles addressing the future of Social Security.

In my previous articles, I laid out the arguments and counterarguments for raising taxes and/or reducing benefits to fix Social Security. However, none of those proposals addressed the challenges associated with how the program is funded.

The Future of Social Security: Reducing Benefits

This is the third installment in a series of articles addressing the future of Social Security.

In previous posts, I outlined the problems facing Social Security and examined the pros and cons of raising payroll taxes. Now, I will discuss the implications of another commonly proposed solution: reducing benefits.

Capitalism Mythbusters: Free markets are bad for your health.

This is the third entry in a multi-part series on Capitalism Mythbusters. 

In this post, I examine the myth that free markets negatively impact your health.

The Future of Social Security: Raising Taxes

This is the second installment in a series of article addressing the future of Social Security.

In my previous post, I outlined the problems our Social Security system is facing. In this article, I will examine the benefits and challenges of one proposed solution: raising taxes. 

The Future of Social Security: Understanding the Problem

This is the first installment in a series of articles addressing the future of Social Security. My goal is to inform readers about the various challenges and proposed solutions surrounding this debate.

Civil Asset Forfeiture in North Dakota

“It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.” 
- Frédéric Bastiat

Regulatory Capture in American Banking

The 2008 housing crisis led to a record number of home foreclosures. In response, millions of Americans demanded accountability from financial markets. To some, the crisis served as proof of...

The Rise and Fall of the Gold Standard

Many people are familiar with the gold standard, but few understand it. The gold standard was the system whereby gold and claims to gold were used as money. For nations operating under the gold...

Minimum Wages Lead to Minimum Freedom

Earlier this month, minimum wage hikes took effect in 18 states. Thankfully, North Dakota wasn’t one of them.

Technological Revolutions

By the time you finish reading this post, I hope to convince you that ‘technology’ refers to an especially broad range of phenomenon...

Do You Pay Corporate Taxes? Probably.

Corporate taxes are a hot policy issue right now. The Trump administration has made tax reform one of its key initiatives and revived the debate (if it ever really went away) over what exactly... 

The Private Sector's Rapid Response to Hurricane Harvey

Headlines in the wake of Hurricane Harvey have declared one disaster after another. News about the rising death toll, massive flooding, chemical plant explosions, lost power, and the cost of recovery have proliferated...

School Choice and Racism: A Myth Devoid of Context

There has been a lot of recent discussion on the racial impact of school choice...

New Study Damages the Case for Raising the Minimum Wage

In North Dakota’s most recent legislative session, a bill was proposed (HB 1263) to raise the minimum wage to $9.25 and mandate future increases by tying it to the rate of inflation. Legislators were right to reject this bill.

The Misplaced Fear of Automation

The rapid advancement of technology has always brought with it the fear of permanent worker displacement...

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