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Markets, Politics, and Women

Sarah Skwire, Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund, Literary Editor of FEE.org, and poet, charts how markets have elevated and liberated women over the last century, while politics continues to disparage women—from proscriptive minimum wage laws and a tax code bias against working women to today’s rallying cries in support of Hillary Clinton based solely on gender solidarity.

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Food, Drug, and British Regulation

Richard Williams, Director of the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center and former director for social science at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discusses the FDA’s regulatory principles and why those who follow the precautionary principle should avoid even a single cup of coffee. Williams extrapolates these lessons to Britain’s overregulated economy and the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

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The Future of the Firm and Brexit

Iain Murray, Vice President for Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, channels Ronald Coase and describes the evolution of corporations as they adapt to the gig economy. A British expat, Murray shares why he remains optimistic that Britain will emerge successfully from the prisoner’s dilemma it faces vis-a-vis the EU, which it seeks to exit on favorable terms.

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Britain’s Leave Legacy

Julian Morris, Vice President of Research at the Reason Foundation and a UK native, outlines key policies Britain must adopt to flourish post-Brexit. By liberalizing its trade policy and joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Morris argues the UK can thrive outside and alongside the EU, and that other EU member states may be encouraged to follow Britain’s route.

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The Beltway Crony Game

Romina Boccia, Deputy Director and Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation, describes how Washington is driving corporate welfare policy. Boccia details how taxpayers foot the cronyist bill—from direct subsidies, earmarks, and pork barrel spending to hidden regulatory schemes, federal loan guarantees, and “milker” bills that threaten individuals or industries to squeeze campaign contributions.

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Kane’s Political Face

Glenn Jacobs, WWE professional wrestler known in the ring as Kane, discusses wrestling and politics. While the once-struggling wrestling business has become a multi-million dollar affair known for high-production, pioneering on-demand content, Jacobs argues that politics has turned into a low-rent sport for political elites eager to sink to new lows to gain power.

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Millennial Revolution

Cliff Maloney, Executive Director of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), touts Ron Paul’s political enlivening of millennial voters and inspiring of YAL’s founding. Maloney shares why campus “free speech zones” are anathema to a generation sympathetic to libertarian policy ideas and what they value in a political leader.

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Criminalizing Politics and Speech

Harvey Silverglate, renowned civil liberties attorney and co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, scales the threat of overcriminalization, whereby unelected bureaucrats can charge individuals with crimes under a web of proliferating statutes and regulations, rogue attorneys general selectively prosecute political opponents, and institutions of higher education stifle free speech, training tomorrow’s voters to submit to bureaucratic rule.

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