Archive: CJ Opinion

  • Remove barriers instead of erecting new ones

    Have you ever noticed how social reformers often want new government regulations to do away with behavior and outcomes that past government regulations helped create? For as much as they talk about the greed of capitalists and the power of government to change society, they seem to miss that people…

  • NC’s licensing turf wars threaten yet another profession

    Cease and desist, ordered the licensing board. The service you’re selling falls under the scope of practice we regulate. Never mind your certifications. Have you taken all the coursework we demand for our license? Have you paid the fees? Are you in the club? It’s just a small service, they…

  • Giving to charities should not put you at risk of harm

    We are a generous and giving people. We exercise our First Amendment rights to support causes and ideas we believe in by donating our hard-earned money. But some actions by the federal government threaten those rights and state lawmakers are prepared to act now to protect North Carolinians’ freedom of…

  • North Carolina should lead on reforming the federal government

    On April 28, President Biden addressed Congress and the nation to sell a spending package, allegedly aimed at improving the nation’s infrastructure, with a $2.25 trillion price tag. In many ways, this address felt like Obama 2.0, and yet another liberal president was selling us economic stimulus with the promise…

  • Is identity politics a distraction?

    If I were part of the ruling elite and wanted to keep people divided and misdirecting their anger at each other instead of me, I could think of nothing better than to convince people to focus obsessively on race. Looking at it through this lens, it may well be that…

  • In search of a better story

    The only organ to which secular progressive political activists make little appeal these days—one could consider it America’s only understimulated organ—is the cerebrum. The brain. But when progressives do appeal to voters’ rationality, they wisely do so more primarily through story than through argument. Yet, unfortunately, the progressive story is…