QED: Normal People Like Taxes

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern Eric Baerren makes an interesting point in this blog post over at MichiganLiberal. “Normal people would establish as their chief priority to make sure that schools are good and that people can access health care and that the garbage trucks operate according to a reliable schedule. Again, that’s normal people.…

An Undeniable Influence

October 31, 1517: Martin Luther nailed ninety-five theses on the doors of the castle church in Wittenberg for discussion and debate. Luther’s hammer did not just merely question church practice; it tolled the beginning of our modern world.  Read more on Landmarks of Liberty… E. Wesley – Mackinac Center Intern

Did You Know?

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern Here is an interesting video portraying the rapid development of technology and its direct impact on the world around us. Check it out!

Spoils Exchange

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: A recent editorial by the Midland Daily News contained the following statement: “[Midland] is also due for a federal grant, stimulus money, to help offset some of the costs of smaller-scale green efforts. It’s all taxpayer dollars, but not all Midland taxpayer dollars.…

Two Cheers for Capitalism?

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern I attended the Midwest Students for Liberty conference this weekend where I listened to some great lectures.  The last speaker of the conference was Peter Leeson who gave a lecture titled “Two Cheers for Capitalism?”  The following is a couple take aways from his lecture, which is also in a…

Zama, Elephants, and Rome

October 19, 202 BC:  Roman General Scipio hears the noise of his opponent’s army, but most terrifying of all is the trumpet of Hannibal’s elephants.  Would that sound resound the end of Scipio, as it had proclaimed so many other times in the past, or would this day be different?  Scipio didn’t know, but in…

Case against the Minimum Wage

Here is an article that I found from Dan Smith. It is about all the negative effects of minimum wage laws. It is really interesting to see how the laws hurt wages of young workers, that minimum wage laws generally hurt blacks, and increase job turnover. Those are just a few of the negatives that…

What is Discovery?

Modern historians consider the Vikings to be the real discoverers of America.  It all depends on what they mean by discovery.  Read more on Landmarks of Liberty… E. Wesley – Mackinac Center Intern

The Silverdome and Sunk Costs

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern, This morning, I read an article titled Pontiac opens bidding for Silverdome.  The article primarily focuses on the costs of the facility as well as various people’s opinions of the auction. The article fails to recognize the economic idea of a sunk cost.  The initial cost to build the stadium as…