Lifestyle & Opinions

Think Tank Says Americans Have Right To Assume Risk

The 1889 Institute’s Research Fellow, Mike Davis, who is also an attorney, has written “America’s Legal Tradition of Allowing Risk-Taking, Even in a Pandemic,” which argues that American common law allows informed risk taking. As long as people are well-informed, they should therefore have the dignity for themselves to decide how much risk to take. In the case of the current COVID-19 pandemic, individuals in a free society like America’s should have the freedom to choose whether to wear masks and/or isolate themselves as part of social distancing.

Do More Than Count Your Blessings

Do More Than Count Your Blessings

At Thanksgiving, I like to reflect over the past year and count the many blessings in my life, even in difficult and unusual times such as this. I am fortunate to have my extended family happy and healthy, and the many good friends and acquaintances in my life who have helped me survive this pandemic.

Senate Minutes

Senate Minutes

With the 2020 U.S. Census completed, the population data will be used to guide legislators as we set about a very important task—redrawing the boundaries for legislative and congressional districts. By law, every district must include as close to the same number of people as possible.

Sell Unneeded State Assets to Shore up State Pensions

Oklahoma’s government owns a lot of property. This includes land and buildings, but it also includes valuable assets like the state-owned electric power company, the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA). GRDA reports nearly $1.8 billion in assets on its most recent balance sheet, with a “net position” of more than $622 million. Or the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), which has a $1.2 billion endowment producing roughly $50 million annual investment income.


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