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How the War on Drugs Hurts Development Anything Peaceful
How the Drug War Hurts Development

Bad policies (drug prohibition) breed more bad policies (anti-money-laundering laws), which make banks sever ties with poor nations.

How to Break the Link Between Expensive Homes and Good Schools Anything Peaceful
How to Break the Link Between Expensive Homes and Good Schools

In DC, getting into a public school where kids actually learn to read will cost you.

6 Points about Oxfam's Misleading Inequality Numbers Anything Peaceful
Oxfam's Misleading Inequality Numbers

Their methodology implies that there are more poor people in North America than in China.

 

Undeniable: Welfare Reform Increased Work and Reduced Poverty Anything Peaceful
Undeniable: Welfare Reform Increased Work and Reduced Poverty

Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich abolished welfare as we knew it, and it changed everything.

What's Changed Since 2010? Anything Peaceful
What's Changed Since 2010?

The cost of DNA sequencing fell by 97 percent in the last five years.

What Are Your Odds of Making It to the 1%? Anything Peaceful
What Are Your Odds of Making It to the 1%?

Lots of people make it to the top, but few stay there.

Better than You Think: The Middle Class, 1971-2014 Anything Peaceful
Better than You Think: The Middle Class, 1971-2014

Most of the old middle class is moving up, not down. 

The Good Old Days of Poverty and Filth The Freeman
The Good Old Days of Poverty and Filth

Luc Sante looks back at the impoverished past through a misty and romantic haze. He even longs for the muck.

What Can the Rich Afford that Average Americans Can't? Anything Peaceful
What Can the Rich Afford that Average Americans Can't?

It's an increasingly short (and subtle) list.

The Welfare Trap: Labyrinth of Programs Punishes Work Anything Peaceful
The Welfare Trap: Maze of Programs Punishes Work

The working poor can face effective marginal tax rates of over 65 percent, thanks to bad incentives from taxes and the welfare state.

15 Things that Went Right in 2015 Anything Peaceful
15 Things that Went Right in 2015

There's a lot pessimism and fear in the news, but here's a few of many reasons for cheer this season.

What Does the World Think of Capitalism? Anything Peaceful
What Does the World Think of Capitalism?

Most people think business and capitalism are rotten through, but this view is at odds with reality.

California City Extorts Property Owners and Hurts the Poor Anything Peaceful
California City Extorts Property Owners and Hurts the Poor

Palo Alto is running a shakedown racket on businesses who want to change how they use their property. 

Is the Public Turning against Capitalism? Anything Peaceful
Is the Public Turning against Capitalism?

Most Americans believe that capitalism makes the rich richer and the poor poorer and that government does a better job of lifting people out of poverty.

Putting Income Inequality in Perspective Anything Peaceful
Putting Income Inequality in Perspective

If you earn $32,400 a year, you're in “the one percent.” 

Governments, Not Airbnb, Create Housing Shortages Anything Peaceful
Government, Not Airbnb, Is Why Rent Is Outrageous

Rent control and zoning regulations, not new technologies, make housing unaffordable. 

Government Is Why the Rent Is Too Damn High Anything Peaceful
Government Is Why the Rent Is Too Damn High

Subsidies, rent control, zoning, and land-use regulations are ruining American cities.

The Future Is Unimaginably Better than Expected Anything Peaceful
The Future Is Unimaginably Better than Expected

We have come much farther than Marty and Doc Brown, and we didn’t need a DeLorean and a flux capacitor to do it — we needed the power of creativity, and the freedom to use it.

Malala, Like Much of the World's Poor, Went to a Low-Cost Private School Anything Peaceful
Malala – Like Much of the World's Poor – Went to a Private School

Across the developing world, cheap private schools are out-competing "free" government schools. 

The Great Escape and the Great Leap Forward Anything Peaceful
The Great Escape and the Great Leap Forward

As growth and prosperity took off in the West after World War II, China was plunged into terror, famine, and mass murder.

Bernie Sanders and the Fixed Pie Fallacy Anything Peaceful
Bernie Sanders and the Fixed Pie Fallacy

The rich are getting richer, but so are the poor.

How Not to Help Sweatshop Workers The Freeman
How Not to Help Sweatshop Workers

You hear that H&M buys shirts from a factory in Bangladesh that works its employees long hours under harsh conditions and low pay. What’s the moral thing to do?

World’s Poor: “We Want Capitalism” The Freeman
World’s Poor: “We Want Capitalism”

There are several ways to ensure access to capital in the developing world, but the most important approach is to unlock the productive potential of the capital already available there.

Low-Cost Private Schools Are Leaping Ahead in the Developing World Anything Peaceful
Low-Cost Private Schools Are Leaping Ahead in the Developing World

Private schools for the poor are growing rapidly throughout the developing world.

Does "Fair Trade" Help Poor Workers? Anything Peaceful
Does "Fair Trade" Help Poor Workers?
Is Fair Trade about doing good or just feeling good? 

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