• John Locke Update

    Lifting the Veil Between Poverty and Mobility

    posted April 26, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    “Human advancement is not a mere question of almsgiving, but rather of sympathy and cooperation among classes who would scorn charity,” writes W.E.B. DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk.
  • John Locke Update

    The Ongoing Crisis in Forensic Science

    posted April 26, 2018 by Jon Guze
    A series of recent scandals involving forensic evidence in North Carolina have placed hundreds of convictions in doubt and undermined public and judicial confidence in forensic science.
  • John Locke Update

    Measures and Mismeasures of Government

    posted April 19, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    “First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado,” says Alec Baldwin about the twist to the monthly real estate sales contest in the film version of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross.
  • John Locke Update

    Side-Hustle Government: Here, There, and Everywhere

    posted March 14, 2018 by Jon Guze
    As Carolina Journal readers know, North Carolina Republicans have raised objections to Gov. Cooper’s Atlantic Cost Pipeline fund. One of their objections is that Cooper effectively forced the pipeline…
  • John Locke Update

    Governments Are People and People Are Complicated

    posted March 8, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Government is more than just a concept.  Government is people. For better and for worse, imperfect human beings fill government roles and make government decisions. That is why Federalist…
  • John Locke Update

    A Government That North Carolina Can Afford

    posted February 15, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Each February, the State Treasurer’s Debt Affordability Advisory Committee preempts the hopefulness of Groundhog Day with the publication of the annual Debt Affordability Study, the committee’s reminder that state…
  • John Locke Update

    Asset Forfeiture: News We Can Use

    posted January 31, 2018 by Jon Guze
    Civil asset forfeiture is inherently unjust, as I’ve explained many times in the past (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). Why?…
  • John Locke Update

    Laying Waste to the Landfill Monopoly

    posted November 1, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    North Carolina House Bill 56 got a lot of press earlier this autumn when the General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of the legislation.  But most of the discussion…
  • John Locke Update

    Are We Asking the Right Questions?

    posted April 27, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    You may have heard that the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42, but nobody knows the question. In state government, people either have questions or they…

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