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...

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. 

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: 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.

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.

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 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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