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From our earliest days as a nation, the American story has been one of striving. Born in pursuit of a more perfect union, we have repeatedly sought to animate the ideals of liberty and justice in our laws and mores. Our history lays bare our successes and failures in this endeavor. We’ve learned — often in painful ways — that it is up to each generation to pursue the advancement of these ideals in their time.

Following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, Americans poured into city streets across the nation to peacefully protest the contemptible injustice…

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As the nation slowly starts down the road to economic recovery, we hear a steady drumbeat of calls to condition government assistance on meeting pre-virus social justice goals. From implementing regulatory burdens championed by environmentalists to restricting private enterprise by anti-capitalists and demands for protectionist trade policies, those on both the right and the left have taken Rahm Emanuel’s sinister advice following the 2008 Great Recession to heart: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

Life before the pandemic wasn’t perfect, but unemployment was at the lowest rate in fifty years and wages were on the rise…

If you had you asked someone on New Year’s Day of 2020 what they envisioned the year ahead might look like, few would’ve imagined that the first several months would be spent canceling trips, events, and academic semesters. Families and college students hadn’t planned to spend their spring break in quarantine. Most businesses didn’t enter the year in fear of stomach-turning Dow Jones plummets and sobering market uncertainty. Regardless of projections, governments across the world are taking extensive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

History is no stranger to epidemics and pandemics. But it’s times like this, when looming…

The [American] Dream is not dead, and we shouldn’t let a populist scream convince us otherwise. Americans living today have every reason to be optimistic — and grateful.

– Michael Strain, American economist

Capitalism has become the preferred whipping boy of those calling for more government involvement in markets. The statists love to begrudge it and the wealthy wokes love to downplay it. Whether it’s income inequality or the growing power of big tech, “late capitalism” is a term employed by those who would like to eliminate or greatly reduce private ownership and usher in an era of redistribution.


Navigating the challenges of being a “thought leader” in politically-charged times

One of the more consequential PR firestorms in the business world came last October when Daryl Morey, general manager for the Houston Rockets, expressed support for Hong Kong protestors. This digital thumbs up to protesters came on the tails of a Hong Kong Legislative Council bill that would have allowed for its citizens to be extradited to China for trial.

Morey’s tweet set off a chain reaction that included vocal opposition from China, whose citizens invest billions of dollars into the NBA brand and its subsidiaries. The fallout continued…

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Across the United States, we hear we’re facing an affordable housing crisis. Little children, like three-year-old Ethan Wood, are living in tent cities with their parents, some of whom are seeking a fresh start after extensive battles with drug abuse. Then there are others, such as Emilee Broll, who has a full-time job with the federal government yet is still unable to afford rent in a city like Seattle. Nearly half a million Americans are homeless, but even those who do have shelter continue to struggle in their quest to find affordable, long-term housing.

As we brace for another general…

Promoting economic freedom should be our policy priority.

The notion that, left unguided, without any sort of of policy involvement, the market will solve our problems will not restore a balance between the obligations and rights of the private sector and working Americans.

Senator Marco Rubio, Nov. 5, 2019

Senator Marco Rubio and his common good capitalism advocates may mean well. But as Milton Friedman tells us, we don’t judge policy based on intentions but consequences. …

The student loan quagmire is chiefly the product of federal policy.

American college graduates are suffering financially under the weight of $1.5 trillion of student loan debt. The bulk of that debt stems from worrisome federal student loan practices and ballooning state tuition costs. Approximately 75 percent of college students attend a state university or college with tuition rates set by legislatures or state institutions. Over 85 percent of student loans are generated under the federal student loan program. In the past three decades, tuition at state colleges has increased by 313 percent.

Oddly, some seem to blame “capitalism” for the student loan predicament. Ray Dalio, billionaire investor, cited massive student…

Being your brother’s keeper as social activism

With each election comes new pronouncements of it being the most important election of our lifetime. The 2020 election is poised to receive the same dire forecast by pundits, pastors, and politicians, alike. Impeachment hearings are looming, the Middle East burns (again), and productive discourse is nearly impossible. Ellen can’t even sit next to President Bush at a Cowboys’ game without receiving substantial criticism.

For the past decade, identity politics and tribalism have moved from the fringe to becoming a mainstream reality and an unfortunate staple in our political and social interactions. Something needs to change.

But this change won’t…

“Everything old shall now become new; The leaves’ll be green, bearing the fruit.” — Ye

Kanye West positioned himself front and center of entertainment news when he released his latest album, Jesus is King. West seemed to offer his audience something entirely new. Yet, in reality, what he gave listeners wasn’t really new at all; it was a message more than 2,000 years old.

In a recent article at the American Mind, editor David Bahr casts shade at the notion that old things hold relevance for today, namely when it comes to yesterday’s conservative forebears, who he refers to as…

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