If your workplace is a union shop, are you forced to pay union dues? This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments about that.When I worked at CBS and ABC, I was ordered to join the American Federation of Radio and TV Artists. That union had won a vote that gave them the right to speak for all reporters. I said, "I'm no 'artist.' I'm a reporter! I won't join!" But my bosses said they couldn't
Kids who attend New York City's Success Academy charter schools do remarkably well."We are No. 1 in student achievement in the state," says founder Eva Moskowitz, "outperforming all the wealthy suburbs."They do. Although they teach mostly poor kids, 95 percent pass the state math test, and 84 percent pass the English test. Pass rates at government run schools are 38 and 41 percent. How does Success Academy do it?For one thing, she keeps kids in
[embedded content]The FBI announced a big victory: they had shut down the illegal online drug market Silk Road.They said that would prevent drug sales and save lives. A judge sentenced Ross Ulbricht, a young libertarian who created the website, to double-life plus 40 years with no chance of parole. The judge called her sentence a "warning to others."Bill O'Reilly agreed, "Life in prison without parole. Any other wise guys want to do it, that's what
Ross Ulbricht was a quiet nerd—an Eagle Scout who never cursed.Then he became a libertarian, and he decided, "I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion."By coercion, Ulbricht meant force.He viewed laws against drugs as coercion—government force that stops people from living the way they want.So he created a website called Silk Road. Silk Road let people buy and sell contraband—mostly drugs—using bitcoin. The site became successful quickly.