Why Innovation Beats Politics in Reforming Higher Education

(The following article is adapted from a speech given on July 31 at the Pope Center's Friedman Legacy Day event in Pinehurst, North Carolina.) There is a powerful lesson in the emergence of companies like Uber for those who wish to reform higher education. All the focus tends to be on political…


Episode 25: Lehla Eldridge on Unschooling in Italy

Author, illustrator, cafe owner, world traveler, and unschool mom Lehla Eldridge joins me to talk about raising kids in another country and taking big, adventurous leaps. Lehla and her husband run the website unschoolingthekids.com and are the authors the book Unschooling: The 6 Keys to Our…


Taking a Week (Almost) Off

I'm taking a brief hiatus from daily blogging while my wife and I celebrate our anniversary with a little getaway. I have an article going up tomorrow for the Pope Center for Higher Education, and Tuesday for The Freeman, and my Monday podcast post will still go live here. Otherwise I'm off until…


Demanding Too Much of Unconventional Wisdom

We place very high demands on wisdom, ideas, or advice that bucks convention.  There is certainly some logic behind this, in that ideas widely held might be more likely to be useful, otherwise they wouldn't be so popular.  Yet usefulness, longevity, and popularity certainly do not equal validity or…


Why Do We Have to Pick Sides?

Not long ago I was discussing the famous Sons of Liberty who sparked the events leading to the American Revolution.  We grow up hearing of their exploits as heroic, bold, and founded on the highest principles.  Yet there is an alternative account too.  If their deeds are described devoid of…


Episode 24: Thaddeus Russell on Renegades, Puritanism, and Pleasure

Historian and author of "A Renegade History of the United States" Thaddeus Russell joins me to discuss his work and the notion that the "renegades" might be the ones to thank for our freedom, not the puritanical political busybodies. Russell's work is anything but typical history.  It exposes the…


Against Life Plans

Life plans seem pretty daunting to me.  I know people who feel stressed and depressed because they don't have a clear one.  There are incredibly rare people who know beyond the shadow of a doubt what they want to do in great detail.  If you are one of them, don't let anything stop you.  For the…


Be Patient, Keep Producing

I was listening to entrepreneur and social media maven Gary Vaynerchuk say that the most important thing for building an audience is patience when it occurred to me... I've been writing pretty consistently for about eight years, and really consistently for three. I didn't set out to build an…