The Pro-Capitalist Message Of The Classic Movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Free-market advocates would do well to revisit Frank Capra’s classic movie through a new lens that focuses on its underlying free market message. While the pro-capitalist theme may not have been intended by Capra, or the screenwriters, the message is clear in the design of the plot, the development of the characters, and the economic setting of the screenplay. The fact it continues to rank high on audience and critics’ list of favorites bodes well for using popular media to trigger important discussions about the value of free competition, sound ethics, and the potential dangers of regulation to reduce industry competitiveness through the influence of well-connected private interests. 

Pre-emption of Local Governments is Going Too Far

Corcoran claims the Legislature is better able to represent public opinion because it has 120 members versus the handful on most city councils. That's a unique view of representation, but given that he's the speaker and, as the saying goes, is in “the catbird seat," we may need to start asking for local policy directly from our state Legislature.

Like All Black Lives, All Black History Matters

It’s important to remember that Black history is more than just slavery, Jim Crow, and reconstruction. Black history started way before the slave trade began, and it’s being made everyday by Black people of all ethnicities, skin tones, genders, and sexualities. Make the effort to explore it all, because like all Black lives, all Black history matters.

A Core COSSPP Value: Evidence-Based Decision Making

Disciplines in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy promote critical thinking, analytical methods, and empirical skills as the path to understanding the key political, social, and economic issues that dominate our public discussions.

Allowing Access To Marijuana May Help States Fix Their Opioid Problem

One recent estimate from the president’s Council of Economic Advisors finds that the opioid epidemic is costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars per year in the form of lost productivity, health care costs, and costs to the criminal justice system. Some of the rise in opioid overdoses is likely caused by job loss and economic despair, so we may see a decline as the economy continues to strengthen. But the economy is already pretty strong—despite the recent market dip— and opioid overdoses continue to plague many parts of the country. Better access to marijuana is not going to single-handedly fix the opioid problem, but it should be discussed as part of the solution.

Study Ignores Disadvantages of Consolidation

Local policymakers can’t wave a magic wand and say, “assume the best case scenario.” They will need to seriously consider the full range of on-the-ground experiences with local government consolidation.

Won’t You[r Money] Be Mine? The Marketability of Queer Inclusivity on Valentine’s Day

While we’ve pointed out some flaws with the upcoming holiday, we’ll also note that there are some pros. It’s fun to dress nicely, receive chocolates and flowers, and pretend to like that chalky heart-shaped candy, all for the sake of celebrating our significant others. But if we’re going to celebrate this made up Love Day, then we should each do it our way, no matter who we are or who we love. And the retailers shouldn’t get to have the final say on how we choose to go about it.

Lessons from the Lab: Fighting Corruption

Corruption is one of the “wicked” problems facing many societies. Simple punishment and regulation is often ineffective and more creative, bottom-up approaches to fighting corruption have been proposed. Testing these approaches in the field is next to impossible as it is difficult to find a government able and willing to experiment on its citizens. Social science laboratory experiments provide a way to assess effective tools in the battle against systemic corruption. 

Airbnb, Homestay, Strengthen Tourism and Hospitality Industry

In Tallahassee alone, Airbnb reports visitors booked 3,285 rentals for five home-game football weekends in 2017. Users spent $372,000 for weekend rooms, apartments and houses. Many of these trips would have been impractical without the online options provided by Airbnb.