Applications are exploding for Young Voices’ fall Advocate Program

With one month left, Young Voices has already received 56 applications from talented Millennial libertarian writers looking to join our ranks. This has so far exceeded our goals that we’ve started reviewing applications early.

So, if you know a prospective Young Voices Advocate (or are one yourself), please tell them to apply ASAP! Early applications will be given preference given the high demand. The deadline is September 8th.

Podcast #78: 6-12 Years in Prison for an Amish Farmer

Last week in The Daily Beast, Jordan Reimschisel shared the story of an Amish farmer in Kentucky, sentenced to prison for producing and selling herbal skin cream without the government’s permission.

He joins us today on the podcast to tell how this happened and what comes next.

Follow Jordan on Twitte@JTReimschisel and Young Voices @YVADV and Stephen @Stephen_Kent89

To Boost Income Mobility, Reform Our Bail System – THE FEDERALIST

ast month, senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act to encourage states to reform their bail systems. Beyond shrinking our overly expanded incarcerated population, bail reform would boost the United States’ stagnating income mobility by reforming a system that traps the poor in poverty.

Upward mobility has stalled. According to Stanford Professor of Economics Raj Chetty, “social mobility is low and has been for at least thirty or forty years.” Of those born into the bottom income quintile, more than a third remain there as adults. However, progressives who blame the free market misdiagnose the problem. A 50-state analysis found that in more economically free states—those with fewer labor regulations and smaller governments—the wealth of the poor rises more quickly than the wealth of the rich, because freer markets produce more opportunity for everyone. The problem is that government policies like steep bail hamstring low-income individuals’ efforts to advance.

Read the rest at: The Federalist