The triumph and tragedy of Jose Antonio Vargas

For the last many years, my childhood friend, Jose Antonio Vargas (we just called him “Jose”) has been challenging documented and undocumented Americans alike to define what it means to be American.  I decided to take him up on that question. How do I define American? It’s the freedom to struggle, and the freedom to … Continue reading The triumph and tragedy of Jose Antonio Vargas

The role of government

I've been thinking more about how the role of government should be defined. I've always leaned toward the environment economics view of the role of government: to properly handle negative externalities. These are costs that the free market ignores and the results can be catastrophic. The most common example is clean air and water. When a factory … Continue reading The role of government