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Oct 9, 2015
In 1996, John Tierney of the New York Times caused a stir with an article provocatively headlined “Recycling Is Garbage.” There, Tierney marshaled a boatload of data demonstrating that recycling—as carried out then—was economically “wasteful.”
Sep 27, 2015
The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is a great place for ordinary folks to buy a house, put down roots and pursue the American dream. For now — but likely not for much longer.
Jun 28, 2015
Every decade or so, another academic “fashion du jour” sweeps America’s college campuses. In the 1990s, it was multiculturalism. That morphed into “diversity” — now such a mantra that students can spell it backward in their sleep. Today, excitement is surging for a new fad, “sustainability,” that’s taking higher education by storm.
Jun 2, 2015
In celebration of American Experiments 25th anniversary, the Center has published “25 Years: Looking Back and Aiming Forward,” 50-plus pages jammed with year-by-year highlights from our first quarter century. Released in early June at American Experiment’s 2015 Annual Dinner, keynoted by humorist P. J. O’Rourke, it also discusses what’s coming up next and contains salutes from more than 30 Minnesota and national leaders. If you would like a copy sent to you please contact Samantha Peterson at or 612-584-4559.
May 13, 2015
The Metropolitan Council’s new “Thrive Housing Policy Plan” is overreaching and profoundly misguided.
May 11, 2015
Journalists Eliana Johnson, Washington editor of National Review, and Katherine Kersten, attorney, writer, and former columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, discuss women in media at the Institute's Midwest Women's Summit in Minnesota in April 2015.
Apr 16, 2015
“Thrive MSP 2040” is the Metropolitan Council’s new 30-year development framework for the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. This extraordinarily overreaching document has generated widespread bi-partisan frustration and concern.
Apr 8, 2015
In 2015, I wouldn’t have a chance at getting a high-profile job at a major American corporation, even if I were by far the most qualified candidate. And if I were a highly credentialed professor seeking tenure at a university? Forget it.
Feb 8, 2015
What is Minnesotans’ image of a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis today? Many likely think of gray-haired men performing empty rituals for dwindling congregations in the shadow of the recent clergy sex-abuse scandal. They may imagine young men recoiling from the prospect of a life of “thou shalt nots,” leaving seminaries empty.
Dec 17, 2014
Kathy Kersten Discusses Met Council on Gilmore & Glahn Podcast, 12.16.14