Slow-Boiled By Good Intentions

In case you didn’t know, we surpassed the $20 trillion mark in debt. Like many recent college grads or new homeowners, the United States has piled on more debt than what it brings in every year. In fact, the government debt is larger than the amount of goods and services we produce in a year! In 2016, the Gross Domestic Product, or GDP for the U.S. was around $18 trillion; $2 trillion less than the total debt. Continue reading “Slow-Boiled By Good Intentions”

Progress In Cuba Thanks To Airbnb. Don’t Stop It.

As the Trump administration considers how to go about “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” and now closing up the US embassy due to mysterious “sonic attacks,” Airbnb is hoping that it doesn’t scare off the booming business from U.S. tourists. Continue reading “Progress In Cuba Thanks To Airbnb. Don’t Stop It.”

Economics & Culture Making

Culture is what we make of the world.”- Andy Crouch in Culture Making

One of the many delights of Summer 2017 has been diving into Andy Crouch’s 2008 book “Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling”. In this highly ambitious and superbly written book, Crouch seeks to unpack what “culture” is, how culture changes, and lays out the rationale for why culture-making is deeply intrinsic to what it means to be human. Continue reading “Economics & Culture Making”

No use in tampering with the tampon tax

By Diego Zuluaga

The Leave campaign carried the day in the EU referendum by promising to “take back control.” On an individual level, this is unambiguously an appealing prospect – who wouldn’t want to be the master of one’s own destiny? But when it comes to issues of public policy, the motto has as its corollary a troubling question: control to whom, of what, and for what? Continue reading “No use in tampering with the tampon tax”