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Who Can Restrict Free Speech?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Policyed.org
Friday, May 5, 2017

Although some groups are allowed to restrict speech, others are not. What sets them apart is if there are other options available to individuals. In general, the government is not allowed to restrict speech because it does not have any competitors and thus could stamp out all opposing views. Private groups on the other hand have competitors, which ensures a diversity of views and options to individuals.


Should Speech That Offends Be Prohibited?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Policyed.org
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Speech that attempts to persuade is broadly protected under free speech, even if some people find it offensive. What some find offensive, others may find persuasive. A commitment to free speech inevitably means protecting the rights of people whose speech is deeply offensive to many, but a permissive environment leads to fewer rights being violated and ultimately, a freer world.

Wonderful Loaf

It's A Wonderful Loaf

by Russell Robertsvia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A whimsical animated short film based on Russ Robert's poem about emergent order and the supply of bread. It's a Wonderful Loaf is an ode to the hidden harmony that is all around us--the seeming magical ways that we anticipate and meet the needs of each other without anyone being in charge.


The Limits Of Free Speech

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Policyed.org
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The First Amendment allows us to speak our mind and stand up for what we believe in. However, the limits on free speech are rooted in the principle that we’re not allowed to harm others to get what we want. That’s why we’re not allowed to use to speech for force, fraud, or defamation.


Energy Efficiency: Our Best Source Of Clean Energy

by James L. Sweeneyvia PolicyEd.org
Friday, April 21, 2017

Increases in energy efficiency are an often-forgotten component of our shift to clean energy and reduced carbon emissions. Higher prices triggered by the 1973 oil embargo caused America to drastically change how it used energy. The ensuing gains in efficiency had more of an impact on America’s energy consumption than all of the growth in solar, wind, geothermal, natural gas and nuclear energy combined.

Identifying A Monopoly: It's More Than Just Market Share

via Policyed.org
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Market share alone doesn’t make a company a monopoly. The critical feature of a monopoly is its ability to prevent others from offering competing products or services. And often, it’s the government that’s keeping entrepreneurs out.


Green As Can Be: RPS vs LCPS – A Better Way To Reduce Carbon Emissions

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Low Carbon Portfolio Standards are a more effective and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions because they expand the options utilities have to purchase low carbon electricity.

The Economics Of House Hunting Envy: How Regulations That Restrict Supply Harm Home Buyers

by Milton Friedman, Richard A. Epstein, Thomas Sowellvia PolicyEd.org
Thursday, December 1, 2016

The supply and demand of housing in your community explains why housing prices are high or low.


The Government And Your House’s Price Tag: How Regulations That Restrict Supply Harm Home Buyers

by Milton Friedman, Richard A. Epstein, Thomas Sowellvia PolicyEd.org
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Housing prices have increased in many parts of the country. If housing prices are the result of supply and demand, why hasn't supply risen to meet higher demand? Who keeps housing from expanding?


No Vacancy: The Consequences Of Rent Control

by Richard A. Epstein, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowellvia PolicyEd.org
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Housing prices have increased in many parts of the country. What can policy makers do to make housing more affordable? And what happens when their good intentions go awry? Rent control increases demand for controlled-units, but discourages landlords from expanding or entering the rental market, which decreases the supply of rental housing.


Educating Americans about Public Policy

The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.

The Hoover Institution

Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution has sought to promote economic opportunity and prosperity, secure peace, and improve the human condition. Unique among policy research organizations, Hoover is part of a world-renowned university. In addition to being scholars, our fellows are educators.

Seeking to become the foremost source of policy knowledge, wisdom, and insights, we have launched the Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Initiative at the Hoover Institution, Educating Americans in Public Policy. The initiative seeks to:

  • Equip Americans with accurate facts and information, as well as a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
  • Provide political leaders with reliable knowledge and analysis—tools with which they might assess alternatives in the shaping and execution of public policy.

This effort will build on our legacy of substantive policy inquiry where partisan advocacy has become the norm.

The Hoover Institution acknowledges significant gifts in support of its Education Americans in Public Policy initiative from the following generous and committed family foundations and individuals:

    Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Family Foundation
    S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
    Kurt and Julie Hauser
    E.A. and Suzanne Maas
    Frank and Mona Mapel