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NEPA Repeal

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 (NEPA) is infamous for imposing red tape on energy and infrastructure projects and triggering environmental reviews for other projects that require federal permitting Read more…

National Development Bank

Around the world, the United States has helped to establish development banks and fund large infrastructure and industrial projects. Dozens of national development banks worldwide have successfully deployed trillions of Read more…

Pre-Competitive R&D Consortia

The United States has lost its position of global leadership in advanced manufacturing and innovation, surpassed in fields like semiconductors, aerospace, and telecommunications by other nations that have pursued global Read more…

Local Content Requirements

For decades, policymakers and Wall Street promoted the idea that goods should be made wherever is cheapest, regardless of the effect on our national industrial base. Low-cost imports, made artificially Read more…

A Return to Corporate Investment

Financialization is a blight on capitalism. In that system, the corporate sector is supposed to provide the large-scale capital investment that drives economic growth. Financialization inverts the corporate sector’s role, Read more…

Bringing Back American Investment

The run on Silicon Valley Bank in March 2023 was a shock to both policymakers and business leaders, revealing previously unknown fragilities within the banking system. But the significance of Read more…

Share Buyback Ban

Traditional capitalism, in which firms raise capital from investors and use it to grow their businesses, while returning some share of the profits as dividends, works brilliantly to deliver economic Read more…

Financial Transaction Tax

Healthy financial markets allocate capital to vital, long-term value creation; unhealthy ones foster unproductive speculation and market churn. Good financial regulation and tax policy can tell the difference. Unfortunately, in Read more…

Public Pension Accountability

The $5 trillion in assets controlled by state and local pension systems play a prominent role in U.S. financial markets, for instance as the largest source of capital for private Read more…

Pro-Worker Bankruptcy Reform

Much financial engineering aims to convert the real economy’s activity into derivative products with risk-versus-return profiles that will appeal to particular investors. This has some value, when the result is Read more…

Policy Brief: Back to Basics for Corporate Finance

Ban stock buybacks and repeal business interest deductibility

An Introduction to Productive Markets

Channeling the pursuit of profit toward the nation’s liberty and prosperity A great benefit of the free market is the latitude it affords individuals to pursue their own self-interest however Read more…

 Productive Markets
America Cannot Continue to Absorb Global Imbalances

The implacable trade deficits run by the United States since the late 1970s have been, and continue to be, costly to the American economy. For decades, the implicit and explicit Read more…

A Just Immigration Policy Befitting America

Does anyone think our current immigration policies are working? Over the past two years, the Biden administration has released two million illegal immigrants into the United States, a total that Read more…

The Free Trade Folly

Trade policy has failed American workers, their families, and their communities over much of the last 30 years. Until the changes made in the Trump administration, it led to the Read more…

Why China Matters

The New Right should care deeply about preventing Chinese hegemony over Asia. The reason, though, is not necessarily obvious. After all, most conservatives are justly tired of the “forever war” Read more…

Temporary-Visa Phasedown

The United States operates a range of temporary visa or guest worker programs, justified by claims of labor shortages and the trope of “jobs Americans won’t do.” The H-2A and Read more…

The Dignity of Workers

In Democracy at Work, labor law professor Ruth Dukes and sociologist Wolfgang Streeck describe how the dehumanizing and demanding conditions of an Amazon “fulfillment center” maximize the isolation of workers and Read more…

Mandatory E-Verify

Capitalism works when capital in pursuit of profit must find ways to expand output with the labor present, and when it must share the rising proceeds with that labor. Lax Read more…

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