Why Is College Tuition So Expensive?

by Arvin Vohra

If I asked a bank for a loan to buy a 100 million dollar skyscraper for my business, they would probably say no. It’s not because they think I’m a wicked person. They just think it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to pay back the loan.

Americans owe over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt, an average of $37,172 per student.

However, if a D student wants to borrow 200k to study art history at a tenth rate college, the bank will say yes. Why? Because the bank doesn’t care if the student is likely to pay back the loan. If the student does not, the government steals from you to pay it back.

The result is that teenagers with zero work or business experience are able to take out massive loans for impractical goals. People who are considered too young to drink, too high risk to rent a car for a day, can take out a massive loan, leading to decades of debt. Continue reading

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Facebook, CNN and Fake News

So, Facebook is attempting to crack down on so-called fake news.

I’m not sure how this is possible. Even reputable sources make mistakes and don’t always correct them. In fact, most fact-checking sites don’t allow peer-review (which boggles the mind since peer-review is one of the best ways to correct mistakes). Although Facebook’s effort may be well intentioned, I’m concerned that it might backfire and actually reinforce false information.

I’ll give you a real life example. Last week, CNN’s Chris Cuomo falsely reported on live TV that Hillary Clinton’s campaign wasn’t given debate questions in advance on the grounds that town hall debates aren’t debates.

“Hillary Clinton never got debate questions from Donna Brazile. They were for a town hall.”

Wrong. Town halls are simply a debate format. As evidence, I point to the official Commission on Presidential Debates which specifically lists the second presidential debate as a debate even though it used a town hall format:

“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting”

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Top 40 Most Popular Libertarian Websites


Have you ever wondered which libertarian websites are the most popular?

I did.  So, I set out to compile a list. But I didn’t want to create a list based on my opinion. Instead, I wanted an objective, scientific analysis (at least as best as reasonably possible) in terms of total visitors. In order to do this, I used data from Alexa.com which is considered one of the world’s premier web traffic data and analytics companies.

Note: Alexa.com doesn’t keep a list of most popular libertarian websites.  Instead, each website had to be manually looked up.  If you believe that a site was missed, feel free to post in the Comments section or contact me using the Contact page and I’ll be happy to make any updates as needed.

So, without further ado, here are the top 40 most popular libertarian websites in the United States based on data from Alexa.com:

  1. The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal – Dedicated to improving higher education in North Carolina and the nation. 
  2. The Advocates for Self-Government – This group creates products, programs and services to help other libertarian groups. 
  3. Atlas Network – Promotes free-market economic policies across the world.
  4. The Liberty Conservative – An online political magazine devoted to less government and more liberty.
  5. The Daily Liberator – Daily source for liberty related news.
  6. Niskanen Center –  An advocacy organization that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policy making process.
  7. Families Against Mandatory Minimums – FAMM advocates for state and federal sentencing reform. 
  8. Liberty Viral – Founded by Austin Petersen, this popular blog features daily news updates.
  9. Liberty Hangout – Liberty Hangout is a libertarian media outlet and alternative news source.
  10. Economic Policy Journal – Blog focusing on economic policies.
  11. Campaign for Liberty – Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty promotes individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a non-interventionist foreign policy.
  12. Sound Money Defense League – Focuses on restoring gold and silver as America’s constitutional money.
  13. Young Americans for Liberty – Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses.
  14. Institute for Humane Studies – IHS is a nonprofit educational organization that encourages students and professors to study freedom.
  15. The Future of Freedom Foundation – Educational foundation that would advances the case for libertarianism
  16. The Heartland Institute – Chicago-based think tank.  
  17. Competitive Enterprise Institute – Public interest group dedicated to free enterprise.
  18. Institute for Justice – Legal group which litigates to limit the size and scope of government.
  19. Being Libertarian – A blog which aims to be a point of convergence for minarchists, classical liberals, anarchists, independents, Objectivists, capitalists, and right/left-leaning libertarians.
  20. Tenth Amendment Center – Focuses on the 10th Amendment and nullification.
  21. Outside the Beltway – An online journal of politics and foreign affairs analysis with a classical liberal slant.
  22. FreedomWorks – A community of Americans devoted to promoting lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.
  23. Illinois Policy – An organization aimed at promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois.
  24. Libertarian Party – The official website of the Libertarian Party. 
  25. Learn Liberty – Explores the ideas of a free society.
  26. A Libertarian Future – A libertarian blog features news and daily updates.
  27. Libertarianism.org – A project of the Cato Institute, it features videos, essays, electronic versions of out-of-print books, book reviews and recommended reading lists.
  28. Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity – Official Ron Paul website focusing on Paul’s non-interventionist foreign policy.
  29. Independent Institute – Founded in 1986, the Independent Institute is a scholarly research and educational organization which sponsors studies on political economy.
  30. Tom Woods – A Senior Fellow at Ludwig von Mises Institute, Tom Woods runs the popular The Tom Woods Show podcast.
  31. Hoover Institution – A project of Stanford University, the Hoover Institution was founded by Herbert Hoover before he became President of the United States. Features The Libertarian podcast.
  32. Ron Paul Liberty Report – Official website of Ron Paul, the former 12-term US Congressman and 1988 Libertarian Party presidential candidate.
  33. Library of Economics and Liberty – Dedicated to the study of economics, markets, and liberty providing resources for students, teachers and researchers of economic thought.
  34. The Libertarian Republic – A free market news magazine featuring the writing of libertarians, conservatives and independents.
  35. US Debt Clock.org – A real time US national debt clock.
  36. Cato Institute – The Cato Institute, the prestigious libertarian think tank, promotes traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace.
  37. LewRockwell.com – A daily news and opinion site promoting anti-war, anti-state, pro-market work of Murray Rothbard.
  38. Mises Institute – The Mises Institute advocates Austrian economics in the tradition of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.
  39. Foundation for Economic Education – FEE is an educational foundation which specializes in bringing the principles of a free society to younger generations.
  40. Reason.com – Reason provides an alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by writing from a libertarian perspective.

Honorable Mentions

  • Libertarian Christian Institute – Promotes libertarianism within the context of the Christian faith.
  • Free State Project – An effort to recruit 20,000 libertarians to move to New Hampshire in order to make the state a stronghold for libertarian ideas. 
  • RonPaul.com – A Ron Paul fansite.
  • Down Size DC – Organization dedicated to reducing the size of the federal government.
  • Ballot Access News – Provides up-to-date news about ballot access laws.

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April 4, 2017, Consolidated General Election

by Matt Skopek

Libertarian Suggestions

ADDISON TOWNSHIP

Should Addison Township pursue consolidation of government entities that presently have no elected oversight?

VOTE YES -If the citizens do not have the power to elect leadership in social programs, consolidate the operations to people they do elect.

BARTLETT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE EXTENSION LIMITATION OF THE BARTLETT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Bartlett Fire Protection District, Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois be increased from 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index over the prior levy year to 19.5% for levy year 2017?

VOTE NO – Inefficient government bureaucracies should not be rewarded with additional tax dollars for causing budgetary problems via wasteful spending.

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Attorney General: Lisle Didn’t Comply with Directive

There are apparently some legal shenanigans going on in Lisle, Illinois.  On June 6th of last year, Lisle trustees held a closed meeting to discuss refinancing the debt from the Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.  Critics charged that the “Village of Lisle needed to re-issue the bonds because there was not enough revenue to make the remaining payments.”

But the meeting was closed door which violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Lisle residents objected and demanded a recording of the illegal meeting.  The village refused and thus began an expensive 9-month (and counting) legal battle.

On September 26, 2016, the Illinois attorney general’s office ruled in favor of Lisle residents leading the village to appeal.  Meanwhile, some even called for prosecution of village officials.

On March 13th, 2017, the village dropped the appeal and released a 9-minute recording of the meeting.  The problem with recording is that the meeting was over 20 minutes long.

The attorney general’s office is, for the second time, ordering the village to release the “verbatim recording” of the closed session. The village has not decided whether it will comply.

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