Access to Culture

Some believe that culture –literature, visual art, music, theater and etc.– is an important aspect of a healthy state.  Culture, as distinct from entertainment, is often not commercially viable. How, then, do artists support themselves?  During the Great Depression, the Work Progress Administration funded many public art projects. Some of these state-sponsored art projects were…

Court Reform

Currently our courts tend to convict poor defendants more often than wealthy defendants. How do we make our criminal justice system more fair, convicting those who cause harm to individuals and/or to society?

Sales Tax

Taxing sales and services (as opposed to taxing income) is seen as a simpler way of collecting tax at the point of sale. People can avoid paying income tax by not declaring cash income or using unfair loopholes, but as long as the seller/service provider is not running a cash business off the books, the…

The Separation of Business and State and the Privatization of Public Education

Because US public schools do poorly compared to those in other developed countries, those who support a “free market” approach argue the quality of education would be improved if public education were subjected to the effects of competition:  schools that are inferior will go bankrupt; schools that are good get more customers. (This leaves aside…

Environmental Protection

The environment belongs to all the people and future generations.  It must be protected. Those who currently hold the deeds to property should not be allowed to abuse their own land, water and air, making others suffer.   Those harm the environment should be required to pay for restoring it, if it can be restored. Before…

Moral Responsibility and Capitalism

From Mises Institute, “In his book, Where and Why Public Ownership Has Failed (1914), Yves Guyot, using both statistics and economic theory, shows systematically that private railways are safer, cost less, and more efficient. An unsafe private rail company is penalized by consumers whereas nationalized industries escape all material and moral penalty. Therefore, safety requirements…