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How Minimum Wages Lead To Job Discrimination

Alma College economist Feler Bose describes how racist employers are helped by raising the minimum wage. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm The Poor

Duquesne University economist Antony Davies talks about the Catch-22 in the job market and how the minimum wage is responsible for it. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

MCPP At Work: Evaluating Harris v. Quinn

Mackinac Center for Public Policy senior attorney Derk Wilcox explains an important case the Supreme Court is currently considering. … more

Eat the Rich

Take all of the profits, salaries and assets of the rich and liquidate them and the United States would barely pay one year of current deficits. Prosperity must be built up in order to overcome deficits. Earning potential is infinite, Bill Whittle explains, but the destructive power of taxes is all too real and will bring us to a finite zero. … more

Milton Friedman - Redistribution of Wealth

Milton Friedman clears up misconceptions about wealth redistribution, in general, and inheritance tax, in particular. … more

Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy

People tend to think the world is much worse off than it actually is. Bad news gets a lot more attention than good news. Professor Bryan Caplan calls this "Pessimistic Bias," and argues that it affects the policies people vote for. Despite the amazing economic gains of the past 100 years and even the past decade, most people are under the impression that things are just getting worse. But Prof. Caplan argues that even with all the tough problems in the world, there is reason for optimism; contrary to most people's expectations, he contends that the best is yet to come. … more

Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams On the Minimum Wage

Minimum wage laws have been an effective means of creating unemployment and protecting unions from unskilled competition. … more

Overpopulation is a Myth

"Are we asking the right questions, or are we still in this old mindset where we think it's all about overpopulation? Because it's not," says Jessica Yu, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind the new documentary Misconception. … more

The Detroit Bailout 'Grand Bargain'

Mackinac Center Director of Fiscal Policy Michael LaFaive talks about bailing out Detroit, selling a Detroit Institute of Arts painting, taxpayers being on the hook for Detroit's mismanagement and where Michigan tax dollars could be better used. … more

Why Does 1% of History Have 99% of the Wealth?

Throughout the history of the world, the average person on earth has been extremely poor: subsisting on the modern equivalent of $3 per day. This was true until 1800, at which point average wages—and standards of living—began to rise dramatically. Prof. Deirdre McCloskey explains how this tremendous increase in wealth came about.  … more

Northern Michigan University economist Hugo Eyzaguirre discusses how raising the minimum wage will hurt emerging local economies. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity."


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