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Tanner: A portrait in courage

By Michael D. Tanner Both around the world and here at home, free speech is under assault. From the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris to the “unexplained” deaths of critics of Russian president Vladimir Putin, people who express unpopular opinions or report the truth are in danger. Worldwide, more than 110 journalists were killed in […]

Tanner: Health-care reform and the candidates

By Michael D. Tanner | No one really expects this year’s presidential campaign to be decided on issues. But in fact, we are heading toward a new record for vacuousness. To see how far we’ve drifted from any connection with the real world, consider just one issue: health-care reform. Exhibit 1: A new study from […]

Tanner: Ending welfare as we know it

By Michael D. Tanner | On June 5, Swiss voters will go to the polls to decide whether to eliminate many of the nation’s social-welfare programs and replace them with a guaranteed national income for all citizens. Not long after the Swiss vote, Finland will embark on a similar though partial experiment, replacing welfare benefits […]

Tanner: Trump v. Clinton — What a choice!

By Michael D. Tanner | The Trump steamroller may have hit a bit of a speed bump over the past week, but The Donald still looks like the clear Republican front-runner. At the same time, there is a growing #NeverTrump movement, with Republican, conservative, and libertarian officeholders, media personalities, and voters vowing that they will […]

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 […]

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