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Cato Daily Podcast

The Cato Daily Podcast allows Cato Institute scholars and other commenters to discuss relevant news and libertarian thought in a conversational, informal manner. Hosted by Caleb O. Brown.


Obama Leaves ‘Loaded Weapon’ in the White House

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:16:00 -0500

Barack Obama expressed concerns about "leaving a loaded weapon lying around" for future presidents to wield. And then he did exactly that. Gene Healy comments on the outgoing President’s aggrandizement of the Oval Office.

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Reflections on the Obama Foreign Policy

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:58:00 -0500

What do we know about the costs and benefits of the Obama foreign policy as his time in the White House comes to an end? Chris Preble comments.

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Obama Closes Sanctuary for Cuban Refugees

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:54:00 -0500

A policy that gave Cubans help escaping Cuba has come to an end in President Obama's final days in office. Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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The New Silk Road

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:56:00 -0500

The 7,500 mile journey from China to London along the "new Silk Road" signals a new era of trade between those countries. U.S. officials should take the hint. Christine Guluzian comments.

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Remembering Nat Hentoff

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:51:00 -0500

The world lost the great civil libertarian, journalist, and Cato scholar Nat Hentoff last week. Scott Bullock comments on his several legacies.

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Trump and Trade: Peril and Promise of a Border Adjustment Tax

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The "border adjustment tax" may be a move to head off a possible trade war undertaken by President-elect Trump. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell discuss the risks and opportunities of such a plan, and alternatives that should be on the table.

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Trump and Trade: Executive Power to Restrict Trade

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:58:00 -0500

Without Congress, just what can a President do to disrupt trading relationships? How far can the President go toward raising the price of products that Americans want? Daniel J. Ikenson comments on executive power and international trade.

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Trump and Trade: How Multinationals Make Decisions

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

What makes firms decide where to locate new production facilities? What is the role of the American tax and regulatory environments in attracting production facilities? Dan Pearson comments.

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Trump and Trade: Threatening Toyota via Twitter

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:09:00 -0500

Can the specter of a President-elect threatening companies with punitive taxes really make the U.S. a better place to invest? Simon Lester comments.

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Trump and Trade: The Protectionist Triumvirate

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

With Wilbur Ross at Commerce, Peter Navarro at the new National Trade Council, and Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative, Donald Trump has assembled a team aimed at protecting U.S. industry from competition. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell comment.

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All Obama’s Wars

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:45:00 -0500

Barack Obama will have served as President during eight continuous years of war. Ben Friedman comments.

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Unpopular Speech and the Terrorist Threat

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:24:00 -0500

Banning speech doesn't stop terrorism, and for some people such bans can make radical, disfavored ideologies more attractive. Flemming Rose comments.

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Trump’s Mixed Messages on Nukes

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:23:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump makes many statements via social media and off-mic about America's plans for nuclear weapons, but it's not clear what they mean. Ben Friedman comments.

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What States Can Do about Obamacare

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:03:00 -0500

How states choose to comply with the Affordable Care Act can make a difference for taxpayers. Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute makes his case.

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Sex Offender Registries at the High Court

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:44:00 -0500

What are the constitutional issues raised when a government can put someone, even a registered sex offender, behind bars simply for making use of social media? David Post comments on the Packingham case that goes before the Supreme Court next year.

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Occupational Licensing and Recidivism

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:41:00 -0500

Does occupational licensing hamper ex cons who want to be productive members of society? Stephen A. Slivinski of Arizona State has some new research on the subject.

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Eye Exam Startup vs. South Carolina

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:38:00 -0500

How customers get eyeglasses in South Carolina could be undergoing a big change, but not if the incumbent industry can help it. Robert McNamara of the Institute for Justice discusses the case.

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Monetary Methods and Election 2016

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:57:00 -0500

How should the Federal Reserve clear the way for competitive currencies? Jim Grant is publisher of Grant's Interest Rate Observer. We spoke during Cato's monetary conference in November.

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Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:54:00 -0500

Heather Ann Thompson discusses Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

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Taking Seriously the New Populist and Alt-Right/Fascist Thinkers

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:50:00 -0500

Opposition to liberty isn't always rooted in mere ignorance. It's often rooted in a school of thought that opposes liberty. Tom G. Palmer discusses the new thinkers who are working to make intolerance respectable again.

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Homesharing vs. Government

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

Homesharing is facing increasing scrutiny from state and local governments. At the State Policy Network annual meeting, Christina Sandefur discusses the controversy.

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The Missing Bridge to Vocational Education

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:35:00 -0500

Why are public high schools so bad at preparing young people for so many real jobs in the private sector? Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute comments.

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The Price of Water, California Edition

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:03:00 -0500

Drought creates big problems in California. Bad water allocation makes those problems worse. Reed Watson of the Property and Environment Research center comments.

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Nelson v. Colorado

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:09:00 -0500

When a court throws out a case against you after you've paid restitution, shouldn't you get your money back? David Post comments on the case of Nelson v. Colorado.

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What Federal Agencies Don’t Want You to Know about Forfeiture

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:52:00 -0500

The IRS and Customs and Border Patrol are dragging their feet in providing basic information about their civil asset forfeiture programs. Lisa Knepper of the Institute for Justice explains why they've filed suit.

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Libertarians and 'Unicorn Governance'

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:40:00 -0500

How should libertarians broaden their understanding of the world beyond mere policy responses? Into what fields should libertarians extend methodological individualism? Anthony Comegna and Steve Horwitz comment.

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Midnight Regulating ahead of a Trump Presidency

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500

The "midnight regulating" that marks the end of every presidential administration is in full swing. But even much of the regulating done over the past several months can be undone quickly in the opening weeks of a Trump Administration. Other regulatory changes may be more challenging. Susan E. Dudley directs the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center.

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The Trump Plan for American Infrastructure

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500

What infrastructure fixes would deliver the biggest economic boost? And why isn't that the focus of any revamp of American infrastructure? Randal O'Toole comments.

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Attitudes about Policing in America

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:10:00 -0500

How do our expectations about how police ought to do their jobs line up with how police actually do their jobs? Emily Ekins is author of "Policing in America."

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The Trump Victory and European Populism

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:26:00 -0500

European populists have been emboldened by a Trump victory in the U.S. Presidential race. Alberto Mingardi of Istituto Bruno Leoni says there is at least one bright spot for liberalism in Europe today.

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‘Keep Chicago Livable’ Challenges New AirBnB Rule

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:18:00 -0500

Shorge Sato discusses his challenge to the new rule that would convert hundreds of private homes in Chicago into public accommodations.

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Rex Tillerson, Exxon-Mobil, and America’s Chief Diplomat

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:50:00 -0500

Rex Tillerson has been designated by Donald Trump as the next U.S. Secretary of State. Beyond his business interests, what would drive his tenure as chief diplomat for the United States? Emma Ashford comments.

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The Right’s Troubling ‘Patriotic Correctness'

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:14:00 -0500

Punishing your own ideological friends for using the wrong words is a problem of both left and right. Alex Nowrasteh describes the Right's trouble with "patriotic correctness.” The Right Has Its Own Version of Political Correctness. It’s Just as Stifling.

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How Wikipedia Works

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:14:00 -0500

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, discusses the site, how it's treated by governments, and how it's fueled by its users.

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Is Federal Reserve Action Irrelevant to Inflation Expectations?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

When the Federal Reserve governors meet next week, will their decisions have any impact on the real economy? And could any Trump-selected Fed governors help? Jerry Jordan and Gerald P. O'Driscoll, Jr. comment.

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The Colorado Experience with Legal Pot (So Far)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:34:00 -0500

Colorado's experience so far with legal pot has meant more state revenues and Republicans claiming that the pot tax is "too high." Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute comments.

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Mistrial for Cop Who Shot Walter Scott in the Back

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:29:00 -0500

The testimony of a camera was not enough to convince a juror in South Carolina that the police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott was guilty of murder. Matthew Feeney comments.

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The Vaping Tax in Pennsylvania

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:30:00 -0500

Pennsylvania has imposed a 40% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes and related products. Bob Dick of the Commonwealth Foundation explains why it's poor policy.

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Taking Freedom to Young People with The Tuttle Twins

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:24:00 -0500

Translating classic works of libertarian thinking like The Road to Serfdom for a very young audience is a challenge. Connor Boyack hopes his Tuttle Twins book series will do just that.

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More from Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:09:00 -0500

Johan Norberg discusses Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future at Cato Club 200 in October.

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The Power of Voter-Led Ballot Initiatives

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:06:00 -0500

Since Colorado adopted a voter-led ballot initiative process, the results have been mostly positive. Jon Caldara discusses the state's experiment with the referendum process.

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The Human Freedom Index 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:24:00 -0500

How do different kinds of freedom interact around the world to produce the outcomes we value? Ian Vásquez is one of the authors of the new Human Freedom Index.

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Cuba after Castro's Dictatorship

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:11:00 -0500

Juan Carlos Hidalgo discusses the next steps for Cuba now that longtime dictator Fidel Castro has died.

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Trump and Free Political Speech

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:28:00 -0500

The incoming Trump administration raises fears of further regulation of political speech. David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics discusses the risks and opportunities.

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Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:24:00 -0500

James Traficant was a folk hero, but his story should provide some understanding of this very strange election year. Eric Murphy is producer of Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown.

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Libertarians, Class, and the Left

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:21:00 -0500

Libertarians often find it difficult to talk about class, but understanding how the state creates permanent classes may be essential to engaging with other ideological groups. Anthony Comegna comments.

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After the Election, What You (and They) Should Read

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

What should Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, and you be reading this Thanksgiving? Sarah Skwire makes a few suggestions.

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The DEA's Quiet War on Kratom

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:01:00 -0500

Kratom is a plant the DEA wants banned, but it's far from clear that it poses any serious danger. Andrew Turner, a veteran with post-traumatic stress, is among those who say they benefit enormously from using kratom.

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Sanctuary Cities, Secure Communities, and Trump Immigration Policy

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:56:00 -0500

How will sanctuary cities fare with with a future Trump administration? Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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Can Trump Make the U.S. a 'Global Subsidy Cop'?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:43:00 -0500

If the U.S. wants to end the practice of other countries subsidizing key industries, it would require the U.S. to clean up its own business giveaways. Scott Lincicome comments.

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Women Are More Than Their Interactions with the State

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:41:00 -0500

As many voters are licking their wounds after failing to elect the first female U.S. President, Anthony Comegna talks about how the important historical role of women on behalf of liberty is more than mere interactions with the state.

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More States Legalize and Tax Marijuana

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:17:00 -0500

More states, most notably California, have moved to legalize and tax marijuana. Joseph Henchman of the Tax Foundation describes some of the wrinkles the remain in the tax treatment of cannabis.

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Undoing Executive Action in a Trump Presidency

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:02:00 -0500

It may be a mixed bag on actual policy, but the Obama Administration's various executive actions may be swiftly undone as Donald Trump becomes President.

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President-elect Trump to Contend with Two Tribes of Foreign Policy Thinking

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:51:00 -0500

Which factions will be duking it out as a Trump administration foreign policy is forged? Trevor Thrall explains.

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President-elect Trump and Financial Regulation

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:48:00 -0500

Does a pending Trump presidency present opportunities to deregulate financial markets? Thaya Brook Knight comments.

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President-elect Trump and the Gift of Executive Power

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500

President-elect Trump will inherit all of the expansions of executive power given to him by his predecessors, most notably Barack Obama. Gene Healy says the one-time "thought experiment" is now a reality.

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President-elect Trump and Foreign Policy

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:38:00 -0500

The foreign policy of President-elect Donald Trump remains a mystery, in part because so few foreign policy experts were willing to advise him during the campaign. Emma Ashford comments.

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A Surprise Ending to Presidential Election 2016

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:34:00 -0500

An unprecedented election ends in surprise, and more questions for President-elect Donald Trump's substantive policy. David Boaz comments.

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Libertarian Women and the Dorr War

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:03:00 -0500

The Dorr War failed, but it gave rise to many prominent women deserving of appreciation. Anthony Comegna comments. Related episode: The Dorr War in Rhode Island featuring Anthony Comegna.

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Is There a Silver Lining to Election 2016?

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:29:00 -0500

The 2016 election for President features two of the most reviled candidates in the history of polling. Could that spur efforts to shift important powers back to Congress? Gene Healy comments.

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When (if Ever) Should Government Fund Science?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:33:00 -0400

Government should mostly take a hands-off policy toward scientific inquiry. Terence Kealey explains why.

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You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0400

Don't talk to the police, even if you want to help them solve a crime. James Duane says that's the advice police and lawyers give their own children. He explains why in his new book, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent.

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Biting the Hands That Feed Us

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0400

Why do governments fight the people fighting hunger? How does the government promote food waste? Baylen J. Linnekin explains in Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable.

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Is Criminal Justice Reform Really Dead?

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Federal criminal justice reform in 2016 isn't quite totally dead yet. Marc A. Levin, Policy Director for Right on Crime, Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, comments on prospects for reform this year.

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'Brexit' and Freedom in Great Britain

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:52:00 -0400

Daniel Hannan is a member of the European Parliament and a strong supporter of the Brexit referendum. He spoke at the Cato Institute's Cato Club 200 event in Park City, Utah.

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Obamacare Premium Hikes and Bare-Bones Coverage

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:21:00 -0400

The health insurance premium hikes aren't the worst surprise from the Affordable Care Act this year. Michael Cannon explains.

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Washington State Eyes Another Minimum Wage Hike

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:04:00 -0400

Why is the rest of Washington state considering closing the gap with Seattle's very high minimum wage? Chris Cargill of the Washington Policy Center comments.

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Bureaucratic Searches vs. the Fourth Amendment

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:23:00 -0400

The Fourth Amendment is implicated when any government official wants to poke around in your house for no good reason. In Ohio, Maurice A. Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law is trying to fight it.

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Immigrants, Labor, and Welfare in Sweden

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:18:00 -0400

Swedish writer Hanna Marie Björklund discusses some labor and welfare problems as Sweden attempts to assimilate recent immigrants.

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Voting with Feet vs. Voting with Ballots

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:32:00 -0400

The decisions we make in the voting booth tend to be less informed and less decisive than the votes we cast with our feet. Ilya Somin, author of Democracy and Political Ignorance, explains.

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Does Michael Moore ♥ Citizens United?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:30:00 -0400

Did the Citizens United decision make Michael Moore's new film possible? Trevor Burrus comments.

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A Defense of the Universal Basic Income

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:31:00 -0400

The Universal Basic Income is an idea with many detractors. Charles Murray is not among them.

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Of Dogs and Men

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:13:00 -0400

The new film Of Dogs and Men details several episodes in which police shoot family dogs. The film's producer, Patrick Reasonover, says its all too common, but that police are beginning to recognize the scale of the problem.

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Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:19:00 -0400

Johan Norberg says human progress isn't inevitable, but it's worth examining just how much freedom has improved life on the planet. His new book is Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future.

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