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What Should Be Done About Anti-Vaxxers?

November 14, 2017 by Logan Albright

Following a recent outbreak of measles in Minnesota, the familiar battle cries of the anti-vaccine movement and their detractors are being heard yet again.

On the one side, you have people who claim that vaccines are bad for kids — a scam perpetrated by the medical profession that could lead to serious health consequences. On the other, you have those who are worried about herd immunity and who think that anti-vaxxers should be forced to comply with medical recommendations for the good of society as a whole.

Personally, I take a somewhat more nuanced position in this ongoing argument. First, the facts: I do not believe that vaccines are harmful to children. …



It’s Open Enrollment, and ObamaCare Is Still Awful

November 14, 2017 by Logan Albright

Well, it’s open enrollment season again, that festive time of year when we all realize just how much money we are throwing away on medical insurance that barely functions. Every year, I almost forget just how much damage Obamacare has done to the country, but every November the federal government makes sure to remind me.

Last year, I received exactly zero dollars’ worth of benefit from my mandatory policy. In a sense, this is a good thing; I’m healthy and don’t have to see a doctor very often. But on the other hand, it seems ridiculous that I’m forced by law to buy a policy that I’m not using. …



The Death of the Tea Party

November 14, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

The Tea Party has been a force for limited government for nearly a decade, but now that the House Freedom Caucus is supporting $1.5 trillion in new debt, has it all been for nothing? As one of the earliest Tea Party organizers, Matt Kibbe weighs in.



Are Europe’s Burqa Bans a Good Idea?

November 7, 2017 by Logan Albright

The Canadian province of Quebec has passed a law requiring women who receive public services to remove face coverings that are often employed by strict adherents to Islam, including the full burqa and niqab.

This follows a string of European countries including Denmark, France, Austria, and Belgium, which have passed similar burqa bans as a response to widespread immigration from Muslim countries. As the trend reaches North America, one wonders how long it will be before analogous legislation is suggested in our own country.

Obviously, these countries lack the United States’ explicit constitutional protection of religious freedom. But whether legal or not, is banning the burqa a good idea? …



Airbnb Makes Houses More Expensive Because It Makes Them Better.

November 7, 2017 by Logan Albright

The Wall St. Journal has conducted an analysis concluding that Airbnb, the service that lets tenants rent out their apartments to short-term tourists, is making housing more expensive, implying that this is a cause for concern.

The worry is that housing is already unaffordable, and that therefore anything that makes it more expensive is bad.

The most surprising thing about this story is that anyone should be surprised. It’s obvious that the use of Airbnb would increase rents, for the simple reason that it increases the options of what you can do with your property. Airbnb transforms a house from a simple residence into a potential source of income, and allows tenants to to turn a profit on weeks when they may be out of town — time that would otherwise go to waste. …



Happy Birthday, Communism

November 7, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, when Lenin would implement the purest form of Marxism ever conceived with predictably bloody consequences.



The “Greatest Good” Has Provided Cover for Great Evil

October 31, 2017 by Logan Albright

You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Lenin may have never said those words, but the sentiment remains as powerful and relevant as it ever was. These days, it seems, almost any act, however cruel or unjust, can be rationalized as long as it is done in the name of some cherished, righteous cause.

And while I have long considered “the ends justify the means” to be an example of Machiavellian diabolism in the abstract, in practice, there are all too many who are content, even eager, to get started on those delicious, delicious omelets.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Take the list of alleged sexual abusers in media that has been circulating. …



Venezuelans Turn to Bitcoin to Escape Currency Crisis

October 31, 2017 by Logan Albright

By now, most Americans are familiar with the economic basket case that is Venezuela. The country’s economy has collapsed, leaving the population desperate and starving. The human cost is highly visible and tragic, but what gets less attention is the way in which the government has destroyed the country’s currency, thereby making it impossible for citizens to buy basic necessities.

It’s a common story in socialist countries. Unable to sustain massive levels of government spending, the state prints more and more money, trading short-term gains for massive inflation. It’s one of the most destructive policies any government can engage in, and yet despite the lessons of history, the debt trap continues to ensnare world leaders who ought to know better. …



5 Qualities Trump Should Look for in a New Fed Chairman

October 24, 2017 by Logan Albright

Donald Trump is considering replacing Janet Yellen as the head of the Federal Reserve Bank, the agency that oversees the nation’s money supply and sets interest rates all over the country. It’s a position with a lot of power to affect the economy, so selecting a nominee is an important decision. So what should Trump be looking for?

Humility
Perhaps the most important quality in any government official is the recognition that he or she doesn’t know everything. The economy is a fantastically complex thing, and the idea that any one person could possibly know enough to manage it effectively is a delusion that has led to disaster in many countries. …



Yes, Freedom of the Press Includes Fake News

October 24, 2017 by Logan Albright

President Trump is frustrated. The mainstream media is overwhelmingly against him, at times going so far as to publish flat-out falsehoods in order to advance their particular biases. This has led to the creation of the epithet “fake news” to describe journalism that is less than fully honest. Anything that causes Americans to question the veracity of the news media, or indeed any other source of information, is a good idea in my book, but unfortunately the president’s personal ire has led him from justifiable vitriol towards troubling indications that he is prepared to abuse the power of his position to silence his critics.

On Twitter, Trump has repeatedly raised the question of pulling broadcast licenses from news outlets, notably NBC, that he regards as dishonest. …