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School Choice Changes How Teachers Strike

Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington is delaying its first day of school due to the teacher’s strike. Many parents are frustrated with their tax dollars being spent on empty schools with picketing teachers. It’s even more frustrating that many of these parents don’t support the one thing that would change these strikes: School choice. Unions hate school choice because they know it would make strikes harder to organize.

They also hate it because teacher’s actually need to care more about the students than their unions. There’s no question that most great teachers care about their students. But the unions aren’t really thinking about the kids. Rather, their interests lie in getting the best pay and benefits for teachers. Why, then, do they act like they’re doing what’s best for kids?

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Why Socialism Won’t Work in America

There’s a big push for socialism in the United States. The problem is that it just isn’t going to work in America. With socialism, there’s a lot of centralization, especially with regard to economic policy. Real socialism wouldn’t allow for many things most Americans take for granted. Economically speaking, people would have to completely disregard their personal utility (satisfaction). We need to be honest when we talk about socialism. Tens of millions have died at the hands of its ideology, mostly from starvation. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Continue reading

It’s Time to Privatize OHSU

We often fail to realize that “privatize” is not a dirty word.  In order to understand this, we must first understand what it means for a public university to privatize. Next, we must come to terms with the reality that private institutions are often highly esteemed compared to their public counterparts. Lastly, there needs to be a good reason for a public university to privatize if people are going to support such an action.

After diligent research, I believe that there is a very convincing case to privatize the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

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Exclusive — Oregon Libertarians Can Learn a Lot from Larry Sharpe's Gubernatorial Run

The November 2018 election in Oregon has an interesting twist — 16 State Legislature seats have incumbents with the Democratic, Independent, and Republican nominations. Most of them are Democrats, but some are Republican. Out of these 16 seats, there are six House seats, and one Senate seat, with Libertarian candidates. Assuming the Green Party doesn’t have candidates in most of these districts, these Libertarians will get a taste of what the two-party system is like.

After seeing video after video and several headlines about Larry Sharpe, the Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate in New York, I decided to reach out to him and ask if he had some details from his campaign or a little message he’d like to include in this article. He graciously offered to do a phone interview. I was excited to take him up on his offer.

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Disney's Chicken Little from 1943 is More Relevant Today Than We Realize

My daughter and I were watching Disney’s Silly Symphonies on Netflix this week and it was great to reminisce about when I was her age watching these same cartoons. I was also reminded just how political these cartoons got sometimes. Chicken Little is probably one of the more powerful wartime propaganda cartoons that I’ve seen. To the unsuspecting viewer, it’s just a cartoon about a timeless story with several explanations. However, Disney’s Chicken Little is much darker and has a message that is timeless even 75 years later.

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Free Online Economics Education

Being in the age of the internet, we have the luxury of YouTube. Over time, university lecturers have recorded their lectures and posted them on the internet. Nowadays, you can find lectures on most topics, including economics. In fact, there are enough uploads for someone to practically earn a degree if it were a matter of watching videos. You can even find older versions of textbooks online for free.

To fulfill an economics major at most schools, you need to have principles and intermediate courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, a class in econometrics (sometimes split into two classes), international economics, and a bunch of topics courses of your choice. Here’s a list of videos to help you get started.

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A Keynesian Nightmare: Saving Money Helps Shorten Recessions

There’s a popular notion in Keynesian economic theory known as “The Paradox of Thrift (or Saving).” Since Keynesian economics focuses on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — which is, frankly, a measurement of spending — saving money is paradoxical because it lowers GDP due to consumers not spending it.

The reason why economists care so much about GDP is because it’s an important indicator of where the economy is in a business cycle (boom or bust). When GDP constantly drops for a period of time, this is known as a recession. How exactly does saving money help shorten a recession?

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Why the Economy Has Improved Under President Trump

Before Donald Trump was elected president, there was a lot of negative media coverage with a lot of pundits predicting that he would wreck our economy. About a year and a half into his presidency, it appears to have been the exact opposite. But why? Does it really make sense for the economy to have been doing so well with these crazy policies, insane tweets, and political rollercoasters of emotion? The short answer is yes.

While I may have studied economics, I cannot say for sure what the reasons are for this economic boom under Trump, which has been beyond piggybacking off of Obama’s economy for some time. I will try to explain what’s going on as I understand it.

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The Next "2008 Crisis" May be Starting…

For the past year, I’ve been saying that the next 2008-like financial crisis would be coming again sometime soon (during the 2020s). However, it wouldn’t be the stock market that got hit this time; higher education will be affected this time around. Some friends agreed with me. Others scoffed and laughed. But if Oregon’s Marylhurst University is any indication of what’s to come, it may be starting sooner than any of us thought.

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Republicans Are Competitive in a Liberal Oregon Town

When people think of Oregon, they often think about how liberal the state is. Of course, there are two “hot spots” for the far left: Portland and Eugene. But what many might not realize is that there are two state house seats in Eugene that are very competitive and just might have a shot at being taken by Republicans in 2018. One district has a rural advantage and the other one has an anomalous constituency with a decent mix of urban and rural residents. Here’s my take on the two districts and the Republican path to victory in each.

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