Are Hispanics White? The Answer Has Sweeping Political Implications

“For those of us nerdy enough to frequent the annals of the U.S. Census, it was a jarring thing to hear that Puerto Rico is 70 percent white, according to its own inhabitants!”

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When It Comes to the Environment, Don’t Let the “Perfect Become the Enemy of the Good”

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“There won’t always be a happy marriage between impactful environmentalism and progressive values. For environmental groups to weather the political storm, they’ll have to be able to tap sources of support from outside the left.”

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Friedman’s Take on Corporate Social Responsibility is Brilliant and Elegant—But Obsolete

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Milton Friedman’s argument that corporations refrain from engaging themselves in social and political issues is compelling. But his argument likely doesn’t apply in today’s world, a world where “social consciousness” actually drives business.

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Licensing: From Barber Shops to Interior Designers, Restricting the Flow of Labor

Thinking about opening a barber shop, what do you do? If your answer was something other than, “Find out how to obtain the state’s permission,” you’re in for a surprise.

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Is College Still Worth It? No Easy Answers to a Simple Question

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Professor Caplan thinks students are wise to the true value of a degree, which could help to explain why almost no student ever audits a class and why students spend only about 14 hours per week studying, down from 24 hours per week in 1961.

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Ben Carson’s Dining Room Set Is the Tip of the Iceberg

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The HUD Secretary’s outrageous spending on tableware is causing an uproar because of how relatable it is — not its cost.

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Libertarians Are Going Nowhere, But Their Ideas Are

In many ways, libertarians can rest happily knowing that their ideas are winning, even if their candidates are not.

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Can Polarization Be a Good Thing?

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A final positive consequence of polarization is that it slows down the government.

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Reasons to Be Skeptical of UBI

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While the idea has attracted fervent support from across the political spectrum, practical constraints keep it from being anything other than a utopian pipe dream.

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In the War on Poverty, Human Mobility is a Key Weapon

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Some enthusiasts speculate that eliminating immigration restrictions could double global GDP.

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