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  • Day Care Regulation

    August 17, 2016

    David Burress

    It seems petty simple: Kansas should require day care operators to report injuries of children to the state, and the reports (sans names of kids) ought to be a public record.   But we don’t.   But hey: that would violate libertarian principles. I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt using standard “perfect market” models beloved by ...

  • Zika is Coming

    August 16, 2016

    David Burress

    There are a small number of economic principles that every voter really, really needs to understand, principles that most voters and politicians either do not get quite right, or else engage in outright libertarian denial. Public health illustrates one of those principles perfectly. The underlying principle is what economist call “public goods.” The specific application is ...

  • The Elusive Support for Education by Kansas Voters

    August 15, 2016

    David Burress

    I can think of only two logical reasons a person would oppose well-funded free public education (AKA “free stuff”): a. As a rich and entitled person, you prefer to be surrounded by stupid people you can boss around. b. As an old person who hates your own kids, you prefer to pay low taxes now and don’t ...

  • Responding to the Climate Change Threat

    August 15, 2016

    David Burress

    Once in a while we need to remind ourselves that the most important political issue of our time is protecting the future existence of the human race.   Given the climate change threat, that means we need to do two things, and do them quickly:   1. impose a $40/ton carbon tax by international agreement (or its equivalent). 2. create ...