The George Orwell allegory about how noble-sounding revolutions can turn into tyranny resonated with Yeonmi.
When you reward something, you get more of it.
Government intervention in the market has raised the price and lowered the quality of education, housing and healthcare.
Our Drug War creates the carnage that drives poor Latin Americans to abandon their villages and move north.
America became the most innovative and prosperous nation in history because many Americans were adventurous, individualistic people willing to take big risks to discover things that might make life better.
People have long lists of things they think the market can’t possibly do — from building subways to fighting wars. Sometimes, the market does them anyway.
Big-government politicians bemoan income inequality, but would equalizing incomes make life fair?
FedEx turned out to be much better than the U.S. Postal Service, teens ignore Hollywood and become rich and famous on YouTube, people skip hotels and find rooms via Airbnb and so on. Who knows what discoveries await if we don’t let tired old rules get in the way?
It would be good if all immigrants came here legally. But America makes that difficult.
I can’t convince my friends in New York City, but it’s just a fact: More guns — less crime.