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Higher Education in America

 Higher Education in America U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder's new book, “Restoring the Promise,” published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the three major problems faced by America's colleges and universities. First, our universities “are vastly too expensive, often costing twice as much per student compared with institutions in other indu...
Tags: Guns, America, South Africa, National Bureau of Economic Research, Oakland California, Independent Institute, Ohio University, Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, NAEP, Vedder, Gun Rights News, Walter E. Williams, George Mason University Williams, State Against Blacks


Being right in left-wing California

It’s pretty hard to be a Republican living in California. It’s a politically lonely life. I moved from Texas to California last September because I’m getting very long in the tooth and my daughter wanted me close by. In this new environment I have been bludgeoned by the reality that the political zeitgeist is governed by three things: redistribution of income, identity politics (tell me who you are and I will tell you how we will treat you) and narrow diversity (only from the skin out, not the s...
Tags: Texas, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, United States, Oakland, Henry Ford, Lewis, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Independent Institute, John Stuart Mill, Kettering, Charles Kettering, Guest Commentary, Kettering Charles Lindbergh


Independent Institute Book Wins Gold Award [T.R.M. Howard]

T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito Independent Institute Independent Institute Book T.R.M. HowardWins Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best Biography OAKLAND, CA— T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer, by David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito  (Research Fellows, Independent Institute) has won the prestigious 2019 Benjamin Franklin Gold Book Award for Best Biography. The Award was p...
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Questions Medicare for All proponents must answer about administrative costs

Intensified by the early money and support fight among Democratic presidential hopefuls, “Medicare for All” and similar single-payer insurance programs have been promoted with increased volume. While there are differences among the “I’ll give you more for less” sales pitches, they share a common central premise that such plans have far lower administrative costs than private insurance, so that their version of reform will produce a massive infusion of available resources. However, the “proof” of...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, Medicare, Irs, Gavin Newsom, Pepperdine University, Health And Human Services, Independent Institute, Guest Commentary, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Ludwig von Mises Institute a Research Fellow, Medicare Simply


The reason women don’t enter STEM professions revealed

The reason women don’t enter STEM professions revealed Conventional wisdom believes three things: Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); this is largely due to sexual discrimination; and the government must redress this imbalance. But multiple studies have discovered a much different reason behind the STEM gender gap. Most media and academic commentary accepts the theory of “disparate impact”: Any statistica...
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Basic errors, sophisticated camouflage

For as long as politicians have claimed to represent “the people,” their power has relied on the idea that governing is too complicated or sophisticated to leave to ordinary people. This, however, was not the understanding of our founding generation. For instance, Cato’s Letters, “the most popular, quotable, esteemed source of political ideas in the colonial period,” according to Clinton Rossiter, said “The principles of government lie open to common sense; but people are taught not to think of ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Elizabeth Warren, Sport, Soccer, Ben Franklin, Lausd, Pepperdine University, Cato, Independent Institute, Thomas Sowell, Gabriel Zucman, Ilhan Omar, UTLA, Ed Morrissey, Guest Commentary


Remembering Gustave de Molinari: Individual sovereignty, not government sovereignty

March 3 marked the bicentennial of Belgian-born philosopher/economist Gustave de Molinari’s birth. Based on self-ownership and the private property derived from it, he forcefully defended every form of liberty. No wonder Frederic Bastiat named Molinari his successor. Remembering Molinari’s across-the-board defense of liberty is particularly necessary at a time Americans pay lip service to it, but constantly say “there ought to be a law” that restricts it. His recognition that individual sovereig...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Dianne Feinstein, Molinari, Pepperdine University, Independent Institute, Xavier Becerra, Frederic Bastiat, Guest Commentary, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Ludwig von Mises Institute a Research Fellow, Gustave de Molinari


California’s DMV drives us crazy, reforms are needed

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has created a “DMV Reinvention Strike Team” to recommend “long-term . . . reform” for the state Department of Motor Vehicles. To be useful, the strike team must offer fundamental structural and operational reforms, not just more taxpayer money. The DMV took its sloth-like reputation to a new level last summer, when average wait times in branch offices grew nearly 50 percent from the year before. Five-to-seven-hour waits were common. Privileged lawmakers, however, can...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, House, Arizona, DMV, Lausd, Jerry Brown, North Carolina, AAA, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Independent Institute, Lawrence J McQuillan, Kevin McCarthy


Revisiting The People’s Pottage and the insights of Garet Garrett

February 19 marks the birth of a great American individualist, called “one of the most eloquent defenders of freedom in America”–Garet Garrett, who offered what Jeff Tucker called “a sparkling vision of peace under free markets.” Of particular relevance is The People’s Pottage, of which Ludwig von Mises wrote, “His keen penetration and his forceful, direct language are…unsurpassed by an author.” Written during an earlier episode of metastasizing government, they still apply today, after we have ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Opinion, Washington, America, Sport, Soccer, Fdr, Pepperdine University, Roosevelt, Independent Institute, Garrett, Ludwig von Mises, Welfare State, Garet Garrett, Jeff Tucker, Guest Commentary


Addressing the state of our disunion

One ironic thing about our recent State of the Union drama was its clear illustration of America’s disunion, from the fight over whether, how, where and when to have it, to notable eye-rolling and sitting on hands during it, to follow up commentary that shared precious little common ground. And it happened while both sides of the political aisle claimed to be uniters opposed to their “divisive” rivals. To understand this, it helps to remember that unity, in the sense of agreement on the specific...
Tags: Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Pepperdine University, Acton, Jefferson, Independent Institute, John Locke, David Hume, Guest Commentary, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Ludwig von Mises Institute a Research Fellow


The left’s shaky logic on the constitutionality of Obamacare

Last month, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Obamacare unconstitutional because its individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power,” since the tax that enforced it is now gone. Progressive-leaning critics quickly called it bad jurisprudence and assured people that Obamacare remained constitutional. However, Judge O’Connor’s ruling just saw through the hocus pocus by which Obamacare was first found constitutio...
Tags: Obamacare, Obama, Congress, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Treasury, ACA, Pepperdine University, Trump, Health And Human Services, Roberts, Independent Institute, O'Connor, Reed O'Connor, Guest Commentary


How to protect Californians from wildfires

The release of the U.S. Climate Science Special Report — with its warning of worsening U.S. natural disasters — has sparked a renewed cry for global efforts to fight climate change. In California, outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown was quick to identify climate change (i.e., global warming) as the culprit behind the deadliest wildfire season the Golden State has seen. Because this past season did bring incredibly destructive fires, Californians deserve to know what created this perfect storm and what can...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento River, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Noaa, Jerry Brown, Oakland, San Francisco Bay, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, Independent, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Brown, Golden State


In memory of Rose Wilder Lane, one of the great advocates of liberty

December 5 marks the anniversary of the birth of Rose Wilder Lane (daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder), one of the past century’s most ardent proponents of liberty. In books such as Give Me Liberty (1936) and The Discovery of Freedom (1943), she developed the inseparable connection between life and liberty and the importance of individuals understanding the implications of their freedom. Therefore, for fans of Lane’s writing, as well as those not yet fans, consider some of her most powerful words ...
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More nearsighted than Mr. Magoo

Encouraged by midterm results, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, along with other progressives, have been floating more proposals for added restrictions on businesses, echoing Hillary Clinton’s 2016 “quarterly capitalism” attack on a supposedly irresponsible corporate focus on short-term results at the expense of long-term growth. They all, of course, promise that government will fix the problem they imagine. But participants’ incentives undermine assertions that there is too much sh...
Tags: Opinion, Elizabeth Warren, America, Sport, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Medicare, University Of Chicago, Bernie Sanders, Pepperdine University, Trump, Independent Institute, Magoo, Henry Hazlitt, Steven Kaplan, Ambrose Bierce


Prop. 8 puts union interests above dialysis patients’ health

The profitability of private dialysis centers seems a strange topic for voters to weigh in on—and there is a reason for that. Proposition 8 is the latest attempt by a union to score points against an industry that it has failed for years to unionize. So here we are: dictating private business practices and the fate of dialysis patients at the ballot box. Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West is one of the largest unions of hospital workers in the western United Sta...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, United States, Medicare, SEIU, Jerry Brown, Oakland, State, Assembly, San Francisco Chronicle, Centers for Medicare, Independent Institute, Chronicle


The contradictory compassion of progressives

California has long been in the forefront of “compassionate” progressive politics, whether by repeatedly hiking the minimum wage or expanding rent control via Proposition 10. Unfortunately, such policies rest on logic that is not just flawed, but mutually contradictory. Both the minimum wage and rent control, though they force prices in opposite directions, reduce the quantities exchanged in those markets. That makes them counterproductive “compassion” for those unable to sell sufficient labor s...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Pepperdine University, Independent Institute, Guest Commentary, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Ludwig von Mises Institute a Research Fellow


Why ignorance prevails in politics

As Americans approach another even-year trip to the polls, those currently running and those positioning themselves for 2020 are revealing their vast ignorance in how they would “fix” what they think are our core problems. The many free lunches (or more accurately, stolen lunches) they promise, all the way up to multi-trillion dollar utopian health care boondoggles-in-waiting, show that few know enough to pass an economics principles course, much less to advance Americans’ general welfare. While...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Pepperdine University, Independent Institute, Thomas Sowell, Sowell, Guest Commentary, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Ludwig von Mises Institute a Research Fellow


Prop. 10 rent control measure will lead to lesser, more costly housing

A ballot measure put before voters in the November 6 election to allow local governments to expand rent control might sound good to some, but we do not have to look far for evidence that it will actually lead to fewer, and less affordable, housing options. A story in the New York Times described the plight of frustrated would-be tenants in San Francisco trying to elbow dozens of others like themselves out of the way to impress landlords for the privilege of paying exorbitant prices for tiny apar...
Tags: California, Opinion, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Times, Paul Krugman, Independent Institute, Krugman, San Fernando Valley, American Economic Association, Opinion columns, Orange County Register SCNG, Costa Hawkins


Stop subsidizing building in flood — and even lava flow — zones

It has been more than a week since Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, and flood waters are continuing to wreak havoc across the Carolinas and Virginia. While much of the destruction caused by the powerful storm was unavoidable, some of it was, and government interventions have only served to exacerbate such tragedies. The hurricane is responsible for at least 42 deaths. Tens of thousands are still without power and flood waters that could take weeks to recede. New evacuation ord...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, Virginia, Sport, Atlantic, Soccer, Hawaii, Fema, Houston, North Carolina, Kilauea, Donald Trump, Florence, Wall Street Journal


Government is not so neutral on net neutrality

One of the more controversial of the flurry of bills just passed by the Legislature is a state-based network neutrality measure governing internet service providers’ handling of content and applications. But if Gov. Jerry Brown truly wants to preserve a free and open internet and Silicon Valley’s remarkable innovation, he should recognize that government control is not the way to accomplish it, and veto the bill. After many years of debate and failed efforts to impose net neutrality at the feder...
Tags: Fcc, California, Youtube, Opinion, Washington, Senate, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Federal Communications Commission, DMV, Silicon Valley, Lausd, Jerry Brown


Rudeness in political debate might not be so rude

The 2016 campaign set a new standard for interruptions and other crimes against civility by candidates. The primaries were full of such rudeness, particularly the Republican free-for-alls. The presidential debates provided additional examples. Even the vice-presidential debate was described by one pundit as an “interruptionfest.” One side would call such interruptions beyond-the-pale rudeness proving unfitness for office, while the other would cheer them as necessary to make good points. And thi...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, John Mccain, Burt Reynolds, Pepperdine University, Trump, Independent Institute, Brett Kavanaugh, Guest Commentary, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Ludwig von Mises Institute a Research Fellow


If our founders sat on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings

In advance of Brett Kavanaugh’s September confirmation hearings, leading Democrats are reiterating accusations and rhetoric used last year against Neil Gorsuch’s nomination. In particular, a substantial list of Democratic Senators have publicly announced their opposition because he was “not in the mainstream” or failed to support certain precedents they like. They have also gone further, dragging their feet by refusing to meet with him and demanding unheard of mountains of paperwork (after annou...
Tags: Supreme Court, Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, United States, John Mccain, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, James Wilson, Pepperdine University, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Senate Judiciary Committee, Alexander Hamilton


Workers’ interests and freedom of association

Recent times have seen a flurry of union-related activity in America, from a Friedrichs/Janus twofer at the Supreme Court to Scott Walker’s union battles in Wisconsin to rising support for right-to-work laws. Throughout, unions have maintained that they are justified by their workers’ freedom of association. Freedom of association means individual workers have a right to choose not to work under terms offered by an employer, and the derived power to do so jointly. But no union stops there. In pa...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Gm, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Union, Michigan, Pepperdine University, Independent Institute, UAW, UFW, Freedom of Association


Re-declaring the Declaration of Independence

On July 4th, Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence. But red, white and blue bedecked picnic tables and the “rockets’ red glare” of fireworks displays get more attention than why our country’s founding was both unique and important. To reawaken our attention to those issues which make Americans’ unique heritage, we could turn to Calvin Coolidge. Not only was he the only president born on the 4th of July, he honored the Declaration of Independence’s commitment to life and liberty to ...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, America, Sport, Atlantic, Soccer, United States, Donald Trump, Harley Davidson, Independent Institute, Calvin Coolidge, California Republican Party, Guest Commentary, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Gary M Galles


Proposition 13 is still a poor scapegoat for poor government

On June 6, California’s Proposition 13, which imposed tighter rules on property taxation in California, turned 40. Polls show it has remained popular since getting 64.8 percent of the votes cast in 1978. But many have spent the ensuing four decades blaming it for every state and local fiscal pinch, every citizen complaint and every govern­ment “good deed” left undone. Whatever the problem, someone has asserted Proposition 13 caused it by gutting government revenue. Prop. 13 has been blamed for u...
Tags: California, Opinion, Washington, Sacramento, America, Sport, Iran, Soccer, Newman, Independent Institute, Guest Commentary, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Pepperdine University a Research Fellow


Appeals Court demands ALRB count ballots from workers’ 2013 vote to decertify UFW

Now that the June primaries are over, news arrives about another vote of great significance. This one took place in 2013 but a state labor board refused to count the ballots. California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal has now demanded that the board reveal the results. Agricultural workers at Gerawan Farms, one of the largest peach, plum and nectarine growers in the state, signed a contract with the United Farm Workers in 1990. More than 20 years later, 99 percent of those workers never voted f...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Appeals Court, Sen Dianne Feinstein, Independent Institute, United Farm Workers, UFW, Gerawan, Padilla, Alex Padilla, Beutner, Fifth District Court of Appeal


Weighted voting not a cure for democracy

The meat-grinder politics beginning with the 2016 campaign has triggered proposals to rescue us from a crisis of democracy. At least two authors — Jason Brennan, in Against Democracy and Dambisa Moyo, in Edge of Chaos — have suggested that letting more knowledgeable citizens’ votes count more might be a useful reform. Both trace democracy’s problems to voter ignorance. However, its cause is largely that an individual casting a better-informed vote will not change the political outcome, providing...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Independent Institute, Beutner, Dambisa Moyo, Jason Brennan, Guest Commentary, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Pepperdine University a Research Fellow


As we await the Janus decision, Catholics should re-examine support for unions

Pope Francis has been quite vocal about his love for labor unions, and the Roman Catholic Church has a history of supporting workers’ right to organize, so it is perhaps no surprise that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed a friend-of-the-court brief in favor of the union in the hotly debated Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31, case over mandatory union “agency fees” now before the Supreme Court. But many Catholics oppose the decision to g...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Pope Francis, Donald Trump, Kafka, San Bernardino, Vallejo, Independent Institute, Roman Catholic Church, Janus, U S Conference of Catholic Bishops, AFSCME, Guest Commentary


Health policy reform or wealth transfer?

Americans have been fighting over health insurance reform for years. Single-payer proposals, as most recently proposed in California’s legislature, are just the latest example. However, while rhetoric has focused on how many would supposedly gain or lose insurance, wealth transfers have been the real issue. As economist Henry Aaron estimated a quarter-century ago, implementing comprehensive national health insurance would redistribute more income than any single public policy then in existence. ...
Tags: Obamacare, California, Opinion, Sport, Iran, Soccer, Pepperdine University, Wendy, Independent Institute, Heartland Institute, Henry Aaron, Foundation for Economic Education, Guest Commentary, Related Articles Trump, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Gary M Galles


Reaming owners and other renters with rent control

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has lent his support to an initiative that would rein in the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which bans counties and cities from limiting rent increases on post-1995 apartments. He also said he would consider extending rent restrictions to newer buildings in Los Angeles if the state initiative passes, in the name of assisting renters. However, while he claims to see injustice between tenants under rent control (which he called “like winning the lottery”) and those...
Tags: Opinion, Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Eric Garcetti, Pepperdine University, Santa Monica, Independent Institute, Guest Commentary, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Gary M Galles, Heartland Institute 's Board of Policy Advisors