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The theme of this issue of
isthat institutions matter and they matter alot. First up, Rebecca Hagelin asks: Why is itthat some countries have thriving, dynamiceconomies in spite of few natural resources,while other countries that are richly endowedstruggle to achieve anyeconomic progress atall? She finds that insti-tutions of economicfreedom are the keyingredient for economicsuccess. Picking up thethread, Indur Goklanydescribes how the spread of economic suc-cess helps people around the world lead safer,cleaner, healthier lives.Next we note the important role of statepolicy in our federal system. Making statessovereign in their fields of competenceallows them to experiment and find thosepolicies best suited for their citizens. Presi-dent Ronald Reagan thought this idea soimportant that he set it down in a statementof principles. Unfortunately, says EugeneHickok, a centralizing tendency has over-taken education policy: Citizens now seeschools as something to be fixed with moneyfrom the federal government, rather than aproblem for which they should hold stategovernments accountable. Hickok wonderswhat this development portends for respon-sible citizenship.States can make bad education poli-cies, too, but who fixes a bad policywhen it is being pursued simultane-ously by both the federal and the stategovernments? George Leef describes howmaking higher education an entitlement hascorrupted the college experience for millionsof students.Demonstrating that entrepreneurship inpolicy is alive and well, some states haveadopted a good idea of the federal govern-ment: transparency in spending. BrandonDutcher and Sen. Tom Coburn describe howthis idea can help Oklahoma.In other articles, Peter Saunders remindsus that the welfare state mentality knows noborders, John Hendrickson reviews the his-toric successes of tax cuts, Rob Bluey notesthe impact of bloggers on policy, and MichaelSullivan provides a how-to on podcasting.