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Intellections

Activate Your Thinking.

The Intellections series brings you 60-90 second animations that engage your intellect and clarify public policy concepts.

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Competition is the only force that reliably leads to lower prices and higher quality goods and services.
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If you want to help people, is socialism the answer? The truth is that people do not prosper in socialist countries.
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Reforming health insurance in this country begins with redefining our understanding of what insurance is and what it supposed to cover.

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A fundamental principle of foreign policy – have a clearly defined end goal before committing resources for a military conflict.
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Combing health savings accounts and high deductible insurance plans puts the patient in control of their healthcare choices, lowering costs and improving quality of care.
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Economic growth has slowed way down. Here’s why that matters.

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The supply and demand of housing in your community explains why housing prices are high or low.
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Policies governing the use of land within a community can make housing development costly and inconvenient, which can prevent new supply from matching an increase in demand.
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Rent control increases demand for controlled-units, but discourages landlords from expanding or entering the rental market, which decreases the supply of rental housing.
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Making empty threats in foreign affairs threatens national security and destroys credibility.

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Low Carbon Portfolio Standards are a more effective and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions because they expand the options utilities have to purchase low carbon electricity.
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The critical feature of a monopoly is its ability to prevent others from offering competing products or services.

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Increased energy efficiency has had a greater effect on America’s energy consumption than all the growth in solar, wind, geothermal, natural gas and nuclear energy combined.

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The First Amendment guarantees your freedom of speech, as long as you don’t engage in force, fraud, or defamation.

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Find out why offensive speech is not a form of harm that is prohibited as a limit on free speech.

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The government is not allowed to restrict speech because it doesn’t have any competitors. Private groups, on the other hand, are allowed to do so because individuals have many other options available to them.
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If we want to see better results in our schools, we need more flexibility on how we hire, reward, and retain great teachers.

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What are the trade offs to care, access, and wait times in a single-payer health care system?
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There are important benefits that properly structured market forces can bring to environmental policy.