Entries by Derek Monson

Utah: the center of American cultural renewal?

The arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding marriage raise an important question: In a country that seems to be undermining or outright abandoning the traditional social norms of marriage, faith and family in the law, where can the country turn for cultural growth and renewal? To put it differently, when marriage is redefined in […]

The resilience of family culture

By the time you hear this, oral arguments will have concluded at the Supreme Court regarding the definition of marriage. Talking heads everywhere will be predicting what the justices’ questions and the opposing lawyers’ performances mean for the court’s final decision, and most of these will be wrong. I mean, can anyone remember the pundit […]

Thoughtful environmentalism

Tomorrow is Earth Day, which creates a good opportunity to reflect on the need for a thoughtful and reasonable approach to environmental stewardship and conservation. This need can readily be seen after considering the risks that radical environmental ideology, which dominates environmental thinking on the left today, poses to human freedom and prosperity and the […]

Survey: Most of us millennials do take moral stances

I often find myself scratching my head at the narrow focus of many quantitative researchers and the news media that cover their work. Sometimes, they zoom in like a laser on one particularly interesting statistical outcome or finding, which in fact only represents only a fraction of their results, while ignoring the more representative findings […]

Strategy vs. principle

The various approaches to creating additional legal protections for religious liberty is a particularly relevant issue this week, given the passage of Indiana’s new religious freedom law, the subsequent protests of that law by the left, and Utah’s own unique approach to the issue. But before getting there, it’s important to understand why religious freedom […]

Research: Consumer-driven health plans help ‘bend the cost curve’

How do we reduce unnecessary or wasteful health care spending so that we can increase health care access and reduce the cost of health care? This is a policy question that has vexed policymakers for many years. But new research suggests that market innovations such as health savings accounts paired with high-deductible insurance coverage (collectively […]

Research: Public health policies work – and probably help the economy too

Newly published research about the effects of anti-smoking policies have found such policies effectively incentivize the desired social behaviors, and it also suggests that they create more benefits than costs for society. While this study focused only on anti-smoking policies, the results are relevant to ongoing debates in Utah about loosening state alcohol control laws […]

King v. Burwell and Healthy Utah – Sutherland Soapbox, 3/3/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Tomorrow [March 4], a case will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that may impact or even derail the viability of Obamacare and Governor Herbert’s proposed […]

Support religious liberty: stand up to the ‘no compromise’ approach to nondiscrimination

Supporters of a “no compromise” approach to LGBT nondiscrimination argue that we already have sufficient protections for religious liberty. They cite the First Amendment and Utah’s majority-Mormon population to bolster their case. Unfortunately, their argument is undermined by the realities of “no compromise” approaches to nondiscrimination law. The facts and details of the experience of […]