Superintendent Sentance Deserves a Fair Shot

Though his career at Alabama began with a mediocre 6-6 record and, perhaps more notably to fans, a loss to Auburn, football coach Nick Saban was not fired after his first year—and good thing he wasn’t. Today, Saban is considered by many to be perhaps the greatest college football coach of all time. We give football coaches the time it takes to show their potential; we ought to treat our state superintendent of education the same way. At the end…

The True Account of Lady Susan Vernon, According to Her Doting Nephew Rufus

Love and Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated By Whit Stillman (Little, Brown and Company, 276 pages, $25) Do you remember the last time you read a book that, from the first page to the last, made you laugh out loud? I can, but only because I have just had the pleasure of reading Whit Stillman’s novel Love & Friendship—which also happens to be a film directed by Stillman. The book is not simply a…

Hillbillies and the American Dream

Hillbilly Elegy By J. D. Vance (Harper, 264 pages, $27.99) The life of J. D. Vance is the stuff of a bestseller. His is a real-world “rags to riches” success story, an exemplification of the American Dream, the type of tale that we Americans never tire of hearing—that continues to speak to us nearly two and a half centuries after the Declaration of Independence articulated our national ideal. Vance has written a book about his life and the American Dream,…

License to Kill Opportunity

In Alabama, we expect—quite rightly—our fellow citizens to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. But what if there is a barrier between citizens and their boots, blocking them from reaching the straps? And what if that barrier is unwarranted, put there by the state without good reason? The answer, of course, is that this should offend our sense of right and wrong—and that we should feel compelled to demand the barrier be removed. Occupational licensing, as we shall see,…

What We’re Reading: October 7, 2016

    Former U.S. Attorney General played critical role in leading judges to rediscover the Constitution's original intent. How This Man Pushed Courts to Respect the Founders' Constitution Lee Edwards, Daily Signal, October 4, 2016 "By 2022, nearly every dollar of revenue the U.S. collects will have been committed before Congress even takes a vote."  Fiscal Constraints Await the Next President Nick Timiraos, Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2016 Protecting free speech: State think tank leaders warn against ballot measures that could force…

What We’re Reading: September 9, 2016

  The Alabama Policy Institute is pleased to announce a new weekly series entitled, "What We're Reading." We are often asked what our team reads, and now we're letting you in on the secret! At the end of every week, members of our team will share a book review and articles that have informed and inspired us as we work to promote the principles of free markets, limited government, and strong families. Would your friends and colleagues be interested in…

What We’re Reading: September 2, 2016

We are often asked what our team reads, and now we're letting you in on the secret! At the end of every week, members of our team will share a book review and articles that have informed and inspired us as we work to promote the principles of free markets, limited government, and strong families. Would your friends and colleagues be interested in this series? Subscribe them here. We'd love to know what you're reading, too! Statistician explains that when the…

What We’re Reading: August 19, 2016

We are often asked what our team reads, and now we're letting you in on the secret! At the end of every week, members of our team will share a book review and articles that have informed and inspired us as we work to promote the principles of free markets, limited government, and strong families. Would your friends and colleagues be interested in this series? Subscribe them here. We'd love to know what you're reading, too! Recent decision provides blueprint…

What We’re Reading: August 12, 2016

We are often asked what our team reads, and now we're letting you in on the secret! At the end of every week, members of our team will share a book review and articles that have informed and inspired us as we work to promote the principles of free markets, limited government, and strong families. Would your friends and colleagues be interested in this series? Subscribe them here. We'd love to know what you're reading, too! Remember when the IRS…

What We’re Reading: August 5, 2016

We are often asked what our team reads, and now we're letting you in on the secret! At the end of every week, members of our team will share a book review and articles that have informed and inspired us as we work to promote the principles of free markets, limited government, and strong families. Would your friends and colleagues be interested in this series? Subscribe them here. We'd love to know what you're reading, too! The Tax Foundation: "Americans will…