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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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Regulatory capture occurs when regulatory agencies become dominated by the industries they are charged with regulating, which harms consumers and stifles competition.

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A revenue neutral carbon tax would automatically encourage consumers and producers to shift toward energy sources that emit less carbon.

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The ability to switch internet service providers today offers consumers far greater protection than heavy handed regulation tomorrow.

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Marginal tax rates – how much someone is taxed on the next dollar they earn – affect how much people work, save, and invest.

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The administrative state is the collection of federal agencies, regulators, and rule makers that have become a powerful, unelected, and unaccountable part of the government.

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New infrastructure in America should be built to be resilient to the natural disasters we are likely to face this century.

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In place of regulating prices, targeted subsidies can make health insurance more affordable for high-cost individuals without driving healthy people from the market
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Payroll taxes pay for less of Social Security and Medicare than you might think.

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The conversation on climate change should shift to estimating the costs and benefits of proposed policies.

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What makes cyber threats different from traditional national security threats?

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Charter schools are leading the way in improving public education in America, especially for students who are traditionally underserved.

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There are five kinds of cyber threats that could have serious national consequences. 

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Charter schools are granted the flexibility to operate in exchange for accountability of their students’ achievement.

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NATO plays a vital role in maintaining liberal democracy in Europe.
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Deterrence is the ability to prevent an unwanted military action through the threat of consequences, and it is a crucial component of United States foreign policy.
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Long-run economic growth depends on the skills of workers, and math and reading proficiency are good predictors of those skills.

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When political leaders cannot get what they want through peaceful methods, they judge the cost of achieving their goals through military force.
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It is crucial to design social safety nets to encourage people to transition from government assistance back into the workforce.
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Removing rules and regulations that prevent new companies from offering health care services is the first step to lowering costs, improving care, and expanding coverage.
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Economic growth is the combination of how much more people are able to produce than they did before and the growth of hours worked in the economy.
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There are important benefits that properly structured market forces can bring to environmental policy.
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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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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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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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The First Amendment guarantees your freedom of speech, as long as you don’t engage in force, fraud, or defamation.

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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 critical feature of a monopoly is its ability to prevent others from offering competing products or services.

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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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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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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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The supply and demand of housing in your community explains why housing prices are high or low.
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Economic growth has slowed way down. Here’s why that matters.

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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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A fundamental principle of foreign policy – have a clearly defined end goal before committing resources for a military conflict.
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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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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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Competition is the only force that reliably leads to lower prices and higher quality goods and services.