To Promote Human Flourishing, Economic Freedom Must Be Increased

Bill WaltonEconomics

Steve Forbes writes that we need to recognize in times of long lives, higher standards of living, and good health, these benefits of human progress were not bestowed by a king or a technocracy, they were gained through individual efforts. Billions of people around the world have escaped poverty. Things we take for granted—antibiotics, the iPhone, air travel—would have seemed … Read More

The Actor in All of Us with Leigh Wilson Smiley

Bill WaltonCulture, Entertainment, Podcast

     It was the 21st episode of The Bill Walton Show, but there were a lot of firsts. For the first time, we warmed up for a show. It was not the cacophony of listening to an orchestra prepare to perform, although the difference between the sounds made during the warmup and the actual performance were almost as … Read More

There is no such thing as free education.

Bill WaltonEconomics, Education

“Free college tuition sounds pretty good, especially if you’re a parent with college tuition looming in the back of your mind. Who doesn’t like free things?” writes Dr. Anne Bradley. The truth is, making things free only makes them more expensive. If you lower the cost of something it won’t make it any less scarce. And if students do not pay for … Read More

The Mighty Toothbrush: A Symbol of Human Creativity and Freedom

Bill WaltonEconomics

Dr. Anne Bradley explains the significance of the mighty toothbrush as a symbol of human creativity and freedom.  She says that the toothbrush is a beacon of human creativity and flourishing that we take for granted. She believes this so deeply that at the end of each semester she gives her students a small book, Are We Good Enough for … Read More

A Scratch Card In Every Pot

Bill WaltonEconomics

Oren Cass writes in The City Journal about pilot programs for a proposed Universal Basic Income. Essentially, the pilot programs select a lucky few citizens and give them checks. Cass says that, “Handing out cash payments to a few hundred families will tell us nothing significant about Universal Basic Income proposals.”  Stockton, California, announced back in October 2017 that would … Read More

The Terrible Cost Of An Intolerant Ideology

Bill WaltonPolitics

Walter E. Williams writes on his blog about Fascism and Communism and what a destructive force both have been in human history “The 20th century was mankind’s most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an estimated 71 million to … Read More

The Three Languages of Politics with Arnold Kling

Bill WaltonPodcast, Politics

 If you wander into the minefield known as the “political comment” section on any social media platform, you enter immediately into the world of shrill personal attack.     Many of you, even in real life, outside the haunting glow of your smartphone screens, are finding that this type of conversation is also happening in your day to day life. And … Read More

Why Have We Let Actors Become Our Moral Guides?

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics

Jonah Goldberg brilliantly writes, “with the receding of religion from public life, we’ve elevated “authenticity” to a new form of moral authority. We look to our feelings for guidance. Actors, as a class, are feelings merchants. While they may indeed be “out of touch” with the rest of America from time to time, actors are adept at being in touch … Read More

How Diverse Is Your “Diversity”?

Bill WaltonCulture

Walter Williams writes about the muddle of the diversity agenda on college campuses. “I think we should ask just what is diversity and whether it’s a good thing. How do we tell whether a college, a department or another unit within a college is diverse or not? What exemptions from diversity are permitted?” He adds, “Ask your average college president … Read More

Why 2017 Was A Year To Celebrate

Bill WaltonEconomics

“A lot of good things happened in 2017,” John Mauldin tells us, “regardless of your politics.” John shares Cancer deaths have dropped by 25% in the United States since 1991, saving more than two million lives. Breast cancer deaths have fallen by 39%, saving the lives of 322,600 women. This year, the World Health Organization unveiled a new vaccine that’s … Read More