Entries by Derek Monson

No-progress progressive policies

How should we address the social and economic problems of inequality? If you ask a progressive liberal, they are likely to say something along these lines: “The problem is that the super-wealthy get all of the benefits of economic growth but don’t pay their fair share in taxes. So one thing we need to do […]

Just how does increased income improve family life?

Scholarly research has long found connections between higher income and better life outcomes, especially for children. But how does having more money lead to things like better health and social development? Is it just because the rich can afford to pay for better health care and higher-quality schools? New research suggests that this simple answer […]

Rule of law or ‘rule of feelings’?

“Aristotle, Livy and Harrington … define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” -John Adams, Novanglus 7 (later incorporated into the Massachusetts Constitution) This republican ideal has been one of the foundations of American freedom and the American identity since the founding of the nation. We are not a country […]

Conservative environmentalism

This week Utah Governor Gary Herbert sent a letter to President Obama to “strongly urge [him] to not use unilateral executive authority to designate a national monument in Utah.” What Governor Herbert is really asking President Obama to do is avoid the damage done to the environment, the economy, community and freedom by the progressive […]

Intolerance and the Boy Scouts’ new policy

In response to the Boy Scouts National Executive Board vote finalizing the decision to allow openly gay leaders, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated that it was “deeply troubled” by the vote, in part because the new BSA policy “is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been […]

The ‘bigot’ tactic

Two weeks ago, I participated in a debate with someone from Equality Utah about religious liberty and public accommodations protections for LGBT individuals. After the moderator asked why they are pushing the public accommodations law, the other side opened by saying that he didn’t think a gay couple wanted “a homophobic florist, or cake baker, […]

Room to improve: Utah ranks 11th best for fiscal solvency

Utah has a well-earned reputation as one of the best-managed states in the nation. But according to George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, Utah is the 11th best state in the nation in terms of its fiscal health. These rankings were compiled after a researcher at the academic institution analyzed the financial statements of all 50 […]