The CPI might tell us that inflation is “subdued,” or “muted,” but there are plenty of people whose budgets are taking big hits anyway. Home prices are a big part of most households’ monthly expenses and healthcare spending and higher education cause big increases in the cost of living.
About Hunter Hastings
Hunter Hastings is the Executive Director at Center for Individualism. He's an economist, venture capitalist, and lifelong advocate for liberty, economic freedom, and individual entrepreneurship.
Hunter’s current research is focused on the intersection of 21st century individualism, emerging technology and the radical decentralization that is freeing markets and creating a new spectrum of individual opportunity. His newest book is The Interconnected Individual, co-authored with Jeff Saperstein, to be published by Business Expert Press in 2018.
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Arthur Diamond helps us understand where new ideas come from, how they diffuse, how they improve people’s lives and importantly, how they can be throttled by regulators, special interests, and even cultural commentators.
Across the world, whole peoples have shifted their own view of government from trust to disgust. This has profound implications for the status of any ideology that longs for central control and command. It also raises the question: if not government, then what?
Through history, economic growth has alleviated human misery, improved human happiness and opportunity, and lengthened human lives. Wealthier societies are more stable, offer better living standards, produce better medicines, and ensure greater autonomy, greater fulfillment, and more sources of fun.
I’ve lived in this city for almost 20 years, supporting my family thanks to the full-service-restaurant industry. Today I’m struggling because of a policy meant to help me. I’m proudly progressive in my politics, but my experience shows that progressives should reconsider minimum-wage laws that hurt the very workers they’re trying to protect.
AB 5 will also enable powerful labor unions to influence and coerce the millions of individuals it will deem as new employees. People have the right and freedom to join unions, but the government should not enact public policy that essentially increases the number of people who will potentially pay union dues.
Nobel Laureate Robert J. Shiller explains why this may be the case in his new book, “Narrative Economics.” As Shiller points out, when a story is repeated enough, the viral message may be accepted as conventional wisdom, more like an article of belief than a matter of reason
Of course, Rubio’s droolings about China likely explain why he believes what he does about capitalism. In each instance, the Senator believes capitalism can be planned by those like him who have no experience with it. Sorry, but capitalism is far too glorious for politicians to engineer.
Value is a judgment economizing men make about the importance of the goods at their disposal for the maintenance of their lives and well-being. Hence value does not exist outside the consciousness of men.
In the free market society – and only there – people are morally and legally viewed as sovereign individuals possessing rights to their life, liberty, and honestly acquired property, who may not be coerced.
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