Subsidiarity and the Power of Local Government

By |2013-11-28T08:22:36-06:00November 24th, 2013|Categories: Government, Politics|Tags: |

The Competitive Governance Institute presents a video on the concept of subsidiarity. Subsidiarity describes the principle of making decisions and taking action at the lowest, smallest possible level of authority. It is the conservative principle that gives power back to local institutions and de-emphasizes the brute force of the national government. We’re now at a [...]

Withering Competition

By |2014-01-09T09:42:24-06:00February 15th, 2013|Categories: Books, Education, Free Markets, Political Economy|Tags: |

According to the Washington Post, Washington DC’s public school district is planning to close 15 under-enrolled traditional schools: “If we don’t become very serious about marketing and competing with charter schools," [DC Councilman David] Catania said, “traditional public schools, as we know them, will become a thing of the past.” Charter schools have grown quickly [...]

God Bless This Stress

By |2014-03-28T15:47:07-05:00January 30th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, Books, Constitution, Federalism, Free Markets|Tags: |

The human body needs some stressors, and everything organic and complex communicates with the environment via stressors.—Nassim Nicholas Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, is back with a new book: Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder. He recently sat down with Reason’s Nick Gillespie for an interview. Taleb makes [...]

A Tale of Two Cités: Mediating Associations

By |2013-11-21T14:40:35-06:00January 23rd, 2013|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Barack Obama, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Politics, Robert Nisbet|Tags: , |

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But what is “best” for some is “worst” for others, and vice-versa. Monday, President Obama was sworn in for his second term. This event was a “best” for his stalwart supporters, such as Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and is a sign of a [...]

Why Congress Doesn’t Work: Undermining Self-governance

By |2019-06-11T16:09:09-05:00October 15th, 2012|Categories: Congress, Politics|Tags: , |

Faced with a complex, hard-to-solve problem, there is a natural human tendency to solve a much simpler, easier one instead. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, dubs this cognitive process “substitution.” We know our political system is broken. The signs are everywhere: knee-jerk partisanship, massive debts and unfunded liabilities, widespread [...]

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