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Tanner: Is socialism making a comeback?

By Michael D. Tanner | Less than three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, socialism seems to be undergoing something of a revival. A self-professed “democratic socialist” is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, and he is running neck and neck with a party icon. Polls show that more than a quarter of […]

Tanner: The teachers’ union vs. D.C. children

By Michael D. Tanner Even as the Supreme Court seems on the verge of delivering an important blow to teachers’ unions (and other public-employee unions), Congress is gearing up for another battle that will pit the political clout of public-school teachers against the future of our children. This Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in […]

Tanner: Medicare’s costs and benefits

By Michael D. Tanner What’s with all the newfound love for Medicare? Last week, at a rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump proclaimed, “Medicare works! You get rid of the fraud, waste, and abuse, and it works!” That probably shouldn’t come as a surprise from Trump, who once advocated a single-payer health-care system for the […]

Tanner: And coming up on the Left, Bernie Sanders

By Michael D. Tanner | As Hillary Clinton continues to stumble, her leading opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, is having quite a run. Sanders continues to lead Clinton in New Hampshire, is running close in Iowa, raised nearly as much money as Clinton during the last quarter, and attracts Trump-like crowds at his events. And, if […]

Tanner: The pope and poverty

By Michael D. Tanner Pope Francis has come to the United States, bringing with him more criticism of capitalism than a Bernie Sanders rally. He speaks with eloquence, fervor, and great moral standing. He is also wrong. The pope’s emphasis on the needs of the poor is important, especially in today’s politics, where poverty is […]

Tanner: America’s eroding economic freedom

By Michael D. Tanner | Just in time for the GOP’s latest presidential debate, a consortium of think tanks from nearly 90 countries released its annual Economic Freedom of the World Report. The report has some good news for much of mankind — economic liberty increased slightly around the globe — but not such good […]

Tanner: The U.S. is now the real welfare state

By Michael D. Tanner In 2013, the New York Times reported on the case of Carina, a 36-year-old Danish single mother who had been on welfare since she was 16. Denmark has long had one of the most generous welfare systems in Europe, and Carina was able to collect about $2,700 per month in benefits, […]

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