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The Pros and Cons of Ending the Filibuster

October 17, 2017 by Logan Albright

With the GOP’s continued failures to pass anything even vaguely resembling Obamacare repeal, President Trump is once again ramping up his calls to end the legislative filibuster in the Senate. This is the mechanism that requires 60 votes to proceed on legislation, rather than the bare majority of 51. The filibuster is a Senate tradition, designed to make the chamber less reflexive and more deliberative and to prevent hasty legislation legislation from being pushed through without a fair amount of debate. However, in recent years, senators on both sides of the aisle have expressed frustration with their inability to get anything done and have suggested that the filibuster be discarded in favor of simple majority voting. …

The Easy Way for the FCC to Give High Speed Internet to Millions

October 17, 2017 by Josh Withrow

In a world increasingly defined by the interconnectedness the internet offers, isolation from internet access can mean isolation from opportunity as well. In the U.S., this deficit is especially acute in the rural corners, where terrain or sheer distance from population centers makes high-speed fiber-optic cables uneconomical. Soon, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will make a crucial decision on whether to allow private companies an alternative way to deliver high-speed internet to millions of Americans who currently have no such access in their homes.

Microsoft has taken the initiative on developing a strategy to provide high-speed internet wirelessly, using empty TV broadcast frequencies, also known as “white space” spectrum. …

What Does ObamaCare Have in Common with Gun Control

October 9, 2017 by Logan Albright

If your policy is so good, why does it need to be mandatory? This is the question people have been asking about Obamacare since its inception. The question bears even more relevance today, as new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that the IRS spent $5 million of taxpayer money trying to pressure people to purchase health insurance through Obamacare exchanges.

This is kind of strange when you think about it. Obamacare was premised on the notion that everybody wants and needs health insurance. It followed this up, rather paradoxically, by legally requiring everyone to buy it (something that should be unnecessary if the premise was true.) Then, when the mandate failed to motivate enough people to sign up, the administration ran ad campaigns to drive signups. …

How the State Robs Seniors of Their Rights

October 9, 2017 by Logan Albright

We like to think that America is a nation of rights, of equal treatment under the law, a nation that respects the dignity of every individual citizen, regardless of race, color, or creed. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights enshrined these attitudes into law, and we venerate them and tell ourselves that ours is a noble and compassionate country.

Yet there are certain classes of people who effectively have no rights. They are deemed, by virtue of who they are, not to warrant the same autonomy the rest of us enjoy. Some of these are children, whose age disqualifies them from exercising the same rights as adults. …

Che It Ain’t So

October 9, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

It’s the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Today he’s memorialized on T-Shirts and posters, but how many people remember that he was actually a brutal killer?

Imperfection Is Beautiful

October 3, 2017 by Logan Albright

Striving for perfection is something we all do. This applies not only to our personal goals, our work, our hobbies, but also to the wider world we inhabit. The idea of a perfect society, one in which every conceivable problem has been solved, has a sort of natural allure, and it’s no wonder that, again and again, well-meaning dreamers have attempted to perfect something that is fundamentally flawed: the human condition.

It is widely recognized that perfection is beyond unattainable in practice, but it’s still a worthy goal, right? You would think so, but on reflection, I’m not so sure. If you pay attention to how people actually behave, you’ll find that, however much we might think perfection is desirable, we don’t really like it when we get it. …

Driverless Trucks Would Save Time, Money, and Lives

October 3, 2017 by Logan Albright

As technology brings us ever closer to driverless cars, most of the focus has been on the anticipated impact and benefit for commuters, ride-sharing services, and recreational vehicles. However, the implications for commercial traffic are perhaps even more profound.

Last week, the House of Representatives held a hearing to discuss a legal framework for allowing driverless trucking, something that, until now, has been barely considered.

As one would expect, Big Labor is steadfastly opposed to the automation of trucking, emphasizing the potential job losses for truckers. And while it’s true that it will force some change in the job market, this is hardly a reason to resist a technological development that will drastically improve the lives of the majority of Americans. …

Banning Uber Is Not About Safety

October 3, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

London is pulling licenses for Uber drivers, effectively putting thousands out of work. They claim it’s about safety, but in many of the countries where Uber is banned, taking a cab is far more dangerous.