Airplane Window Shade Wars

Rather like the reclining chair debate, the battle of the airplane window shade has also become a source of passenger conflict.

How to Deal With (Airplane Seat) Recline Rage

To recline or not to recline an airplane seat is a problem for passengers and airlines because of pitch, profits, property rights, and your philosophy.

Car Rentals and Cuban Houses

Have you ever washed a rented car? Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers tells us that, “In the history of the world,” no one has. For rental cars and Cuban houses, lack of ownership is the common denominator. When Fidel Castro…

Everyone Rations

I am concerned that the word “ration” has a bad reputation. In a recent CBS story about a new Medicare/Medicaid head, and throughout the healthcare reform debate, stories about reputed “rationing” kept popping up. There was no need, though, to search…

Grading North Korea

Just like teachers, the writers of the Index of Economic Freedom give grades. Instead of students, though, countries receive their grades after being “tested” on such economic issues as starting a business, tax policy, and private property. The highest grades are…