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...

The Logic of Collective Climate Action

Scientists placed a plaque commemorating Iceland’s Okjökull (Ok) glacier. They inscribed “a letter to the future” that reads...

Using the Benefits of a Free Market to Combat Climate Change

Recently, there has been a heated debate about whether capitalism or some form of socialist reform would be best suited to fighting climate change...

Tax Burden Too High? Lower Income Taxes.

During North Dakota’s recent legislative session, several tax reforms were proposed and debated. Some passed...

The Future of Work: Bright or Bleak?

Machines first began automating human labor 200 years ago. Textile workers were hit hard when their bosses learned of the free, constant and near-flawless work that could be done by textile machines....

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...

Income Taxes Cannot Substitute Economic Diversification

North Dakota is no stranger to tax revolts. In recent years, the state has weathered ill-conceived property tax relief programs and a citizen ballot initiative to ban property taxes. As talk of...

The Threat of Tariffs

The national economy is robust and strong – with reports of four percent growth last quarter and low unemployment – but a global trade war could bring a halt to this economic prosperity.

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.

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

North Dakota Labor Market Trends

North Dakota suffers from a labor force shortage. Currently, there are more than 12,000 open jobs in the state, enough to be North Dakota’s 10th largest city.

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...

How Paternalistic is North Dakota?

When we think of the state of North Dakota, we seldom imagine it as a modern-day Orwellian nanny-state, dripping with paternalistic policies created “in our best interest”. But just how paternalistic is our state...

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... 

Don't Judge a Policy by Its Intent

You’re probably familiar with the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I have an analogous saying, “Don’t judge a policy by its intent.”

Property Rights: Gifts and Inheritance

This is part three of a four-part series on private property rights.

“If history could teach us anything, it is that private property is inextricably linked with civilization,” said Ludwig von Mises.

Is Economic Freedom the Secret to Happiness?

The scientific study of happiness and well-being is relatively young. The field got its start as philosophers sought to discover what it meant to live a meaningful and virtuous life.

The North Dakota Blues

North Dakota has some of the strictest blue laws in the nation.

Blue laws are statutes that prevent or restrict commercial activity on Sundays. Despite the many economic arguments against blue laws,...

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...

The Problem of Sovereign Immunity

One of the traditional roles of government involves the facilitation of voluntary exchange through the enforcement of contracts via the legal system. This involves establishing and enforcing property rights...

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