How do you lower ticket prices, decrease delays, increased safety, reduce congestion, benefit the environment, and increase exports? Simple: privatize air-traffic control.
The last twenty years have seen tremendous technological advances. Americans’ everyday lives have been drastically altered by the influx of innovation in medicine, transportation, communications, and more. Yet, these great leaps have oddly not penetrated America’s air traffic control towers. Today, planes in U.S. airspace are directed by the same system that was developed in the 1960s. It comes as little surprise that the U.S. has fallen behind other countries in safety, speed, fuel efficiency, and reliability of air travel. The American traveler would greatly benefit from entering the 21st century of aviation technology by depoliticizing the air-traffic control system.
Young Voices Editor Casey Given was published in Rare about the DC Circuit Court of Appeals recent ruling on net neutrality:
Robert LeFevre once famously described government as “a disease masquerading as its own cure.” Net neutrality is perhaps the best contemporary example of this truism, in which the government has not only invented not only the “disease” but the “cure” as well.
Last Monday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s controversial Open Internet Order that required Internet service providers (ISP’s) to treat all online traffic equally. Without such government-mandated protection, some techies worried that ISPs would charge customers different rates for varying amounts of monthly data, much like cell phone carriers do today.
Young Voices Advocate Yaël Ossowski was published by Watchdog.org writing about the effort to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire:
The dominoes are falling all across New England.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives made history last week when it became the first state Legislature to vote in favor of a bill to legalize the sale and possession of recreational marijuana.
“Polls show 60 percent of voters in the state support (the bill), and we won’t rest until that includes a majority of their state legislators,” Marijuana Policy Project legislative analyst Matt Simon said in a statement last week.
Young Voices Editor Casey Given was published in The Daily Caller about what Boeing’s recent agreement with their machinist union means for the future of the American labor movement.
Washington that 22 other states sought to snatch, the deal has nonetheless been marred by controversy because of the union’s concession to wean its workforce off of a traditional pension plan. New Boeing hires will instead be enrolled in a 401(k)-style retirement savings account that has become the norm in non-unionized workplaces in recent decades, leading many publications like theLos Angeles Times to decry the “decline of union clout” and “death of the middle class.”
Americans should not be fooled by such scaremongering. While it’s true that unions have been losing influence over the past half-century with historically low membership, the new economic order of global capitalism has created more wealth for world markets and more opportunities for historically disenfranchised workers than any other era of history. In this light, Boeing’s deal should thus not be seen as an omen of organized labor’s impending death, but a sign of their necessary evolution.