• Research Report

    North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control System

    posted February 15, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    Background Did you know that North Carolina used to be the nation’s leader in locally owned and operated distilleries? It’s true. In 1904 the state had 745 registered distilleries, 540…
  • John Locke Update

    Can Government Rebuild Social Capital?

    posted January 30, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Nathan Glazer died last week at the age of 95. He was one of the original neo-conservatives, when the term still meant “a liberal who has been mugged by reality.”…
  • John Locke Update

    Ocasio-Cortez, de Blasio, and the War on the Wealthy

    posted January 23, 2019 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Among many in the Democratic Party, attacking the rich is back in style. Some popular Democrats contend that large concentrations of wealth are, at best, unseemly and, at worst, absolutely…
  • John Locke Update

    The ABC System Wants to Repurpose While Keeping Tight Control

    posted January 22, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    In 1908, North Carolina voters passed statewide prohibition in 1908, making North Carolina the first Southern state to institute prohibition. The 18th Amendment didn’t usher in Prohibition nationwide until 1919.
  • John Locke Update

    Year of Research Aimed at Improving Every Person’s Life

    posted December 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This is the 33rd and final research newsletter of 2018.  What a year it has been! Publishing a hardcore policy newsletter every week would not be possible without a team…
  • John Locke Update

    Building Raleigh With Work

    posted December 13, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    What was your first job? If you are a certain age, it may have been delivering newspapers in the neighborhood. Maybe, like U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan,…
  • John Locke Update

    Tariffs: Donald Trump’s Sin Taxes

    posted December 13, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Question: When is it acceptable for a Republican president to openly brag about liking taxes? Answer: When the taxes are directed toward American consumers and are called tariffs. Last week,…

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