Archive for the ‘FEE’ Category

Comments Off on We Need School Choice for Education without Dogma

FEE.ORG – Do you want more choice in where you get your baby potatoes or your baby’s education? I have a brilliant idea! We should create a system of government-run grocery stores. The government will run them according to majority-approved philosophies of food. Everyone will have to accept what is ruled best practice in food, […]

Comments Off on “Taxes Are the Price We Pay to Live in a Civilized Society” – or Are They?

FEE.ORG – A common sentiment among proponents of government and centralized authority is that “taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society.” In reality, however, the state’s hunger for tax revenue and control directly undermines well-intentioned humans’ efforts to be civil to each other. Punished for helping strangers in need In […]

Comments Off on The Paradox of Leveling the Playing Field in the Name of Equality

Southern Watchman says: In the beginning of our nation, there *may* have been a case for leveraging the power of the state to force equality, but they went the other direction and leveraged the power of the state to force inequality instead. So Bravo there. But here we are some 200 odd years later, and […]

Comments Off on How Learning Blossoms in a School without Schooling

FEE.ORG – Envision a school that is not compulsory or coercive, that is a completely student-directed educational environment. I toured one of those last week. Two years ago I read Peter Gray’s Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, largely a manifesto […]

How the Market Can Redeem the University

Posted: 12th May 2018 by SouthernWatchman in Education, FEE, markets, SouthernWatch, university
Comments Off on How the Market Can Redeem the University

FEE.ORG – The Dilemma: Colleges and universities are increasingly relying on adult learners, students from corporate partnerships, online learners, and first-generation higher education participants to fill their enrollment needs. Yet, much of the academic fare is still traditional—or structured for a novice scholar. A recent Wall Street Journal article, More Companies Teach Workers What Colleges […]

Comments Off on Trade Wars Lead to Shooting Wars and Depressions

FEE.ORG – The current President of the U.S. has imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum effective March 23, 2018 and proposes tariffs on products imported from China. He has also proposed revoking U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which has enabled a large expansion of trade between the U.S., Canada and […]

Comments Off on Classical Liberalism Doesn’t Play Favorites

FEE.ORG – The ideal of neutral laws applied without favoritism is a hallmark of classical liberalism. Historically, the beginning of liberalism was defined by its effort to prevent the state favoring one religion over another. The result of religious neutrality in the West has not only been greater religious freedom but less political strife and […]

Comments Off on 10 Years After the 2008 Financial Meltdown, How Has Capitalism Performed for Humanity?

FEE.ORG – Last month marked 10 years since Bear Stearns collapsed and was purchased by JPMorgan Chase. Having lost billions of dollars in subprime mortgage investments, Bear Stearns’ price declined from $30 per share to $2. The shocking news sent the global stock markets tumbling. The financial meltdown of 2008 and the subsequent economic downturn […]

Comments Off on How Foreign Competition Strengthens Domestic Firms

FEE.ORG – Protectionists tell us that trade produces competition for domestic producers— something they must be, well, protected against. People who actually understand trade say that it produces competition for domestic producers which there should not be protection against. A new paper from two University of Nottingham academics points out just how much this is true, just […]

Comments Off on Steel Tariffs Are Already Hurting Steel-Using Industries

FEE.ORG – Economists and industry leaders predicted price increases and potential jobs losses after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. What may have seemed like rhetoric is now reality. The sneaky brilliance of the tariffs is that benefits are concentrated to a small, politically connected, and very vocal few, while costs for American consumers […]