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The Senate Bill Doesn’t Repeal Obamacare. Here’s Why It Should.

Chris Medrano & Luke Robson

On Thursday, June 22nd, Senate Republicans released their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). In terms of popularity, not much has changed since the House released their version of the bill. Very few Americans like it.

We are among them, but for different reasons. From our point of view, the Senate bill is bad because it does not actually repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) regulations. Continue reading “The Senate Bill Doesn’t Repeal Obamacare. Here’s Why It Should.”

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Tesla is Not as Valuable as GM. Here’s Why That’s Silly

Luke Robson

Billionaire Elon Musk’s signature car company, Tesla, recently made headlines when an increase in their stock price gave them the title of most-valuable car company in the USA, ahead of giants GM and Ford. This news came as a surprise to many, and rightfully so. Tesla should be nowhere close to as valuable as GM, but optimism from investors has driven up the stock price. Continue reading “Tesla is Not as Valuable as GM. Here’s Why That’s Silly”

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Libertarianism: Hedonism in Freedom’s Clothing

Dave Hansbury

A friend of mine once remarked, “libertarians are simply ideologically consistent progressives.” As a former libertarian, I felt some disgust at the statement. Libertarianism, at least on the surface, is the opposite of progressivism—a far-right reaction to leftward-realing world. While progressives see the state as a tool to overcome man’s oppressions in both the public and private spheres, libertarians see the state as a dangerous and often counter-productive entity which can make disparities worse. Instead, libertarians have taken on the challenge of unshackling mankind from oppression, but with  different views of what constitutes oppression and freedom.

But as I reconsidered my friend’s statement, it began to make more sense. I considered the reasons why I stopped classifying myself as a libertarian. The more I thought about it, the more I came to agree with its premise,especially as I considered the ancient philosophy of hedonism. Continue reading “Libertarianism: Hedonism in Freedom’s Clothing”

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If He Defunds It, They Will Come: Charitable Giving Under Trump

President Trump’s proposed cuts to the  The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many. Spokespeople on the left predictably jumped to defend these supposedly indispensable programs. After all, if the government isn’t paying for these sorts of programs, who will?

As it turns out, Chance the Rapper has stepped up to the plate by crafting the New Chance Arts and Literacy Fund, benefiting arts education in Chicago Public Schools. And according to the economic theory of the crowding out effect, he probably won’t be the only one.   Continue reading “If He Defunds It, They Will Come: Charitable Giving Under Trump”

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Why Don’t We Restrict the 1st Amendment?

The hearings to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court have turned many people’s minds toward key and elementary questions about the constitution and the rule of law. So while you may be considering these questions, consider the second and first amendments. Continue reading “Why Don’t We Restrict the 1st Amendment?”

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I Love Public Education, Which is Why I Support Charter Schools

Betsy DeVos made history by being the first cabinet nominee ever to require a tie-breaking vote from the Vice President. She is certainly a controversial figure and her confirmation to such a position of power deserves proper examination from both sides. But lost in all the political hullabaloo is a serious discussion of the school choice movement and its effects on public education. It’s true that DeVos, as her detractors would point out, is against the public school system as we currently know it. But her stance by no means undermines the legitimacy of public education. On the contrary, school choice will most likely enhance traditional public schools. Continue reading “I Love Public Education, Which is Why I Support Charter Schools”

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America: Land of the “Mostly Free”

Every year the Fraser Institute and the Heritage Foundation publish their global freedom indices. These studies hope to shed some statistical light on the state of the world in terms of economic freedom. Gathering data from over 150 countries, they use rigorous data analysis to rank each country from most- to least-free.

As one would suspect, America typically performs fairly well when compared to the rest of the world. While still outperforming the majority of nations, America is showcasing a downward trend—contrary to what most Americans would hope. Continue reading “America: Land of the “Mostly Free””

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The Federal Reserve is a Necessary Evil

Recently, Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chairwoman, testified to the House Financial Services Committee.  In the process, she made some minor headlines by quibbling with Republicans on the Fed’s performance.

Without a doubt, many of my fellow classical liberals greeted these headlines with disdain over the fact that the Federal Reserve exists at all. And I don’t blame them. The reasoning behind the “end the fed” movement is well founded.

But I believe ending the fed would be a misguided policy given our current situation. Continue reading “The Federal Reserve is a Necessary Evil”

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Chance the Rapper: A Virtuous Light on the Hill

On Sunday, Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, also known by his stage name, Chance the Rapper, made history by becoming the first artist to win a Grammy without selling any physical copies of his album, Coloring Book. His Grammy wins were allowed due to a recent change in the rule book. Previously, artists who released their work solely on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music were ineligible for the awards.

Chance’s three Grammy wins are impressive not only for their historic timing. They are also impressive due to the way in which he went about winning them. Continue reading “Chance the Rapper: A Virtuous Light on the Hill”

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