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There’s No Shortage of Teachers

September 26, 2017 by Logan Albright

How many times have you heard this? Teaching is one of the most important professions there is, but as a society, we undervalue teachers. They’re underpaid, overworked, class sizes are too large, and we’re facing a potentially crippling teacher shortage that threatens to intellectually impoverish America’s next generation of children.

It’s a common refrain among those concerned with education policy. But, like most prophesies of doom, it’s a load of hooey.

As Larry Sand, a retired teacher and head of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, points out in a recent analysis at City Journal, far from undergoing a teacher shortage, the ranks of teachers in proportion to students have been ballooning for the last half century. …

States Are Realizing It’s Stupid to Make It Hard to Earn a Living

September 26, 2017 by Logan Albright

Political change comes slowly, and it’s rare to achieve a strong enough consensus to actually effect a favorable outcome. Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking on a subject I’ve spent the last five years writing about, but there is every indication that we may be nearing that point of consensus on one of the greatest job killers in America: Occupational licensure.

Eleven states have joined a coalition to tackle licensing reform, and it seems like every day there are more articles in the mainstream press pointing out the harm that results from restricting entry into the labor force. This comes on the heels of a White House report and numerous third-party studies pointing out the problems with occupational licensure and containing suggestions for ways to reform the practice. …

Make Football Fun Again

September 26, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

We just want everyone to stop talking about politics and drink beers at 1PM on a Sunday, but that may be too much to ask in 2017.

What Explains Today’s Wave of Nostalgia?

September 19, 2017 by Logan Albright

This weekend, I took in a double feature at my local cinema, consisting of the new remake of Stephen King’s It (based on a novel from 1986 and a miniseries from 1990) and the 35th anniversary showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (originally released in 1982). As I waited for the first film to start, the previews included a new Justice League movie (based on characters created well over half a century ago) and something by Steven Spielberg that appears to be little more than an homage to all of Spielberg’s films from the 80s. This year’s highest grossing blockbuster will undoubtedly be Star Wars: Episode VIII, which continues a franchise now 40 years old. …

Both Left and Right Must Stop Violating Due Process Rights

September 19, 2017 by Logan Albright

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is working to restore due process rights on college campuses, where accusations of rape or sexual assault can and have ruined the lives of young men. For her efforts, she is being accused of being on the side of rapists and an enemy of young women, mostly by left-leaning commentators.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is celebrating the subversion of due process in civil asset forfeiture cases, claiming that he “loves” the program and saying taking the property of “drug dealers” is “fun.” Civil asset forfeiture, of course, is the procedure that allows law enforcement to seize private property suspected of being used in a crime, without actually having to convict the owner of anything. …

How the FDA Created a Black Market in Innovation

September 12, 2017 by Logan Albright

Peter Thiel, the billionaire entrepreneur who brought the world PayPal, is putting money into testing an experimental vaccine that could be used to combat the herpes virus.

Ordinarily, such news would be cause for celebration, but there’s a catch — Thiel is conducting his research outside of U.S. jurisdiction, in order to avoid the medical bureaucracy of the Food and Drug Administration. And the FDA is not happy about it.

The major point of contention is that Thiel is testing on human subjects — people who already have herpes and have volunteered to be flown out to his facility. According to the FDA, this violates the principles of medical ethics and could put people’s lives in danger. …

5 Reasons Why School Choice Is Freedom

September 12, 2017 by Logan Albright

The war on school choice is taking on an air of desperation, employing rhetorical tactics I never would have expected.

In the latest salvo, history professor Johann Neem, writing in the Washington Post, claims that we should reject school choice for the Founding Fathers’ sake. It’s a clever argument designed to appeal to conservatives, who largely hold great faith and reverence toward America’s founders. Nevertheless, here are five reasons why conservatives should remain unpersuaded and pro-school choice.

1. The appeal to authority fallacy

The founders were wise, but they were not infallible. As the Left is fond of reminding us, even great heroes like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington did things and held beliefs that we would consider questionable (if not deplorable) today. …

The Right to Try

September 12, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe shares the personal story of his battle with cancer, and explains why patients should be given the right to try life-saving drugs.

The Deadly Isms Episode 1: Up From Totalitarianism

August 29, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Contrary to popular belief, the political spectrum doesn’t go from left to right, it goes from top to bottom. At the bottom are all the authoritarian forms of government, including fascism, socialism, and communism. As we move upwards, we approach liberty, voluntary cooperation, and community action.