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Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

By Ike Brannon

Congress should give permission for private colleges to cooperate in cutting their tuition. It’s hard to see who would be hurt in the process.

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  • Mission Essential: Leveraging and Protecting Our Special Forces

    Mission Essential: Leveraging and Protecting Our Special Forces

    Military leaders must build the optimal balance between special and conventional forces, or risk relearning the lessons ...

    Today, special operations forces are arguably more valued than at any point in U.S. history, and their responsibilities are increasing. But as defense spending is cut and as SOF cooperate more ...

  • Telecommuting: Good for Workers, Good for Bosses

    Telecommuting: Good for Workers, Good for Bosses

    Challenges abound, but the trajectory is plain.

    As another Labor Day fades away along with the summer, American workers — and their employers — have at least one thing to be thankful for: the growing prevalence of telecommuting. The ...

  • Closing the Racial Gap in Education

    Closing the Racial Gap in Education

    The usual explanation for the academic achievement gap is that blacks come from a lower socioeconomic background and ...

    In the late 1990s the black residents of Shaker Heights, Ohio, an affluent Cleveland suburb, invited John Ogbu, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, to examine the ...

  • The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough

    The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough

    The minimum wage is a facile non-solution for the complicated problem of poverty in America.

    While waiting in line at my local grocery store in Washington, D.C., the other night, I eavesdropped on two thirty-something store employees discussing the $15 minimum wage that recently took effect ...

  • The Improbable Practicality of the Humanities

    The Improbable Practicality of the Humanities

    Prospects for the humanities can be more promising than ever.

    As a devout contrarian I have high hopes for the humanities in America. Seldom have doomsayers of all persuasions been so unanimous. Already this month, two leading magazines have covers with art ...

  • A Deficit of Reasoning on Jobs

    A Deficit of Reasoning on Jobs

    The link between the balance of payments, GDP, and jobs is not as Paul Krugman and others assume.

    In the game of telephone, a word or sentence becomes unrecognizable if enough people repeat it, especially when people are not trying hard to get it right. In the New York Times last week, Jared ...

  • The Truth, Probably

    The Truth, Probably

    We will never attain certainty about our concerns, but with care and luck we approach it by increments. Above all, we ...

    In 1974 the philosopher Thomas Nagel published a journal article titled “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” that has continued to provoke discussion about the nature of consciousness. Part of ...

  • ‘The American Banking System Might Not Last Until Monday’

    ‘The American Banking System Might Not Last Until Monday’

    Learning from the crises you’ve forgotten.

    How good is the human group mind at financial memory? Pretty bad. For example, consider this really striking bit of history: “The then Federal Reserve Chairman made a phone call to the Bank of ...

  • Flash Point: New Oil-by-Rail Rules

    Flash Point: New Oil-by-Rail Rules

    Proposed regulations of oil-bearing trains pose several challenges and divert us from more important safety questions.

    On July 6, 2013, a train carrying crude oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota exploded in the middle of Lac-Mégantic, a small town in the Canadian province of Quebec. The incident was genuinely ...

  • A Flawed E-Cigarette Regulation

    A Flawed E-Cigarette Regulation

    The FDA's proposed regulation should not go forward in its current form, or it will undermine efforts to persuade ...

    Recently, the New York Times ran several high-profile essays justifying the liberalization of marijuana laws. Editorialists addressed the health effects, the need for product standards, and the ...

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Mission Essential: Leveraging and Protecting Our Special Forces By Phillip Lohaus 09/12/2014
Military leaders must build the optimal balance between special and conventional forces, or risk ...
Telecommuting: Good for Workers, Good for Bosses By Michael M. Rosen 09/12/2014
Challenges abound, but the trajectory is plain.
The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough By Ike Brannon 09/07/2014
The minimum wage is a facile non-solution for the complicated problem of poverty in America.
Closing the Racial Gap in Education By Jason L. Riley 09/10/2014
The usual explanation for the academic achievement gap is that blacks come from a lower ...
A Deficit of Reasoning on Jobs By Derek Scissors 09/03/2014
The link between the balance of payments, GDP, and jobs is not as Paul Krugman and others assume.
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