Social Engineering

The War on Poverty Accomplished Nothing

In his 1964 State of the Union, President Lyndon Johnson declared the “War on Poverty” and launched numerous government initiatives to combat the supposed rampant poverty in the United States. Of course, at the time, poverty rates were well on the decline. As with any government program, however, we must evaluate it based on results rather than intent. (more…)

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What explains the racial unemployment gap?

Since the 1930s, the racial unemployment gap has widened dramatically. Economics and history, rather than verbose rhetoric, explain the influences that caused a sustained gap in the unemployment rates. The attached graph shows that blacks had about the same unemployment rate during the early 1900s; even less than whites at one point. There are many reasons why and each have their own merit. The most important reason, however, is the minimum wage. (more…)

Gun Control Advocates Do Not Understand Gun Violence

Earlier this week, a nine year old Chicago boy was lured into an alleyway and brutally shot to death. Tyshawn Lee was executed because of his father’s gang ties as part of an ongoing bloody turf war. Father Pierre Stokes – a convicted felon on parole – refuses to cooperate with police and claims he has dissolved gang ties; despite a recent arrest over a .45 caliber handgun that had no serial number.

One would think that Tyshawn’s execution would be the catalyst for another nationwide debate about gun laws. After all, bloodthirsty criminals walk the streets and execute children – the very people gun control advocates claim to protect. In this day and age, however, the focus has shifted from reality to narrative. (more…)

Schools aren’t Islamophobic; They’re Failing

Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. His crime? Building a “hoax bomb” and bringing it to school. Liberals have predictably blamed racism and Islamophobia. Of course, their rhetoric fits a politic narrative and deflects the story away from the root cause: failed government education. (more…)

A Welfare Reform That Can Save Budget and Reduce Poverty

Every year there is a heated battle between the left and right over the budget. Welfare reforms are always a politically sensitive issue. The left decries them as “hurting the poor to benefit the wealthy” and the right takes a fiscally conservative approach that we simply cannot afford it. They’re both right and wrong for their own reasons, but they almost never address actual structural reform that can ultimately benefit everyone. (more…)

Education Needs Vouchers and Choice, not Intervention and Compulsion

The great Milton Friedman once said that we should always judge policies on results instead of intent. With that in mind, the results of top-down education policy have thus far been a complete failure. As we spend more money and hire more teachers, test scores have simultaneously experienced little to no change. Thanks to the Cato Institute, we can see how a shocking trend points directly to government administered failure. (more…)

Government Programs Perpetuate Racial Disparity

Pundits often claim that racial disparities in the United States are the result of racist capitalism and freer markets. While they are certainly correct in observing socioeconomic disparities, they often attribute said disparities to a lack of government intervention. But as we’ll demonstrate, from poverty and income to unemployment and education, many things have actually gotten worse for blacks since the interventions of the 1960s. “Racism” is a politically convenient excuse that undermines millions of people and seeks to absolve politicians from their failed programs. But as you’ll see, it has actually been government intervention that perpetuated these racial disparities, not free market capitalism. (more…)

Why are we still arresting people for prostitution? Legalize it.

NBA Analyst Gregg Anthony is back in court again to enter a plea deal. On January 16th, Anthony solicited a prostitute through the website Backpage. She turned out to be part of a police sting and now he will be completing community service and paying fines. His reputation as a sports announcer is tarnished forever and the media plasters his face to the headlines. (more…)