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Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Arguing for the redistribution of wealth is resurfacing in political discourse. Social justice advocates assert that redistribution is necessary to correct inequalities. But contrary to the musings of socialists, the free market is the most...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:20 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Prostitution is still condemned by Jamaican law, to the chagrin of liberals. These detractors assert that the law should refrain from legislating morality. But closer inspection reveals that laws do indeed legislate morality, but they cannot make...

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Marcus Garvey is a revered personality in Jamaican history. But few grasp the substance of his ideas. One popular theme of Garveyism is the back-to-Africa trope. Yet, despite resonating with contemporary Garveyites, the movement only existed in a...

Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:14 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

In a market economy, prices act as a signalling mechanism directing the allocation and distribution of resources. Despite the utility of price signals in making markets competitive, politicians often advocate price controls under the guise of...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Jamaica has immense potential to achieve greatness. But unlike other great countries, this island was never blessed with an enlightened intellectual class. If politicians and their cronies in academia were not consistently derailing the country...

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

In enumerating their case for reparation, advocates fail to propound unsentimental arguments. To justify their demands, they posit that Britain’s prosperity stems from the success of colonies in the West Indies. Slavery enriched some entrepreneurs...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

Faddish thinking seems to be replacing policy at the Ministry of Education. This could be the only logical justification for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam.Policymakers are positing that PEP, which will be replacing the Grade Six Achievement...

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