Anthony Hennen

Anthony Hennen

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Staff Writer

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ahennen@redalertpolitics.com

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Anthony once got lost in the mountains of eastern Slovakia, but it worked out in the end.

Anthony graduated from Ohio University in 2012 with a degree in journalism and a specialization in economics. He worked as the administrative director at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, then left to travel Europe. During his time at Ohio University, he was a campus coordinator for Students For Liberty.

Articles From Anthony

From Socialism to Slavery: Venezuela’s new “forced labor” law

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday, July 17, to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. It's the second weekend in a row that Venezuela’s government has opened the long-closed border connecting Venezuela to Colombia. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

As Venezuela’s economy continues to falter, the government turns to an old crutch of tyranny: slavery. A “forced labor” law to combat the food crisis in the country will allow the labor ministry to force citizens to work the fields, according to Vice. Unfortunate citizens will “join a government drive aimed at increasing food production” […]

Dear Trump and Clinton: Your attacks on free trade hurt American workers

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Chuck Burton)

Presidential candidates of all stripes have found it convenient to scapegoat commerce and trade deals to rally voters. The submission to populist anger, however, threatens to make the most economically vulnerable worse off by halting the benefits that expanded trade has brought the United States. The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, has underscored […]

Whoops: White House report accidentally debunks the need for free college

(Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

The White House released a report on student loan debt that shook up conventional wisdom by claiming student loan debt isn’t a crisis, nor is it doing long-term harm to the economy. It’s a surprisingly level-headed report that’s opened discussion that was previously ignored. Even Vox admitted that “the real problem is college completion rates.” […]

Techno-utopia isn’t here: The dark side of tech

(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

As freeing as innovative technologies can be, they can be as freeing as they are restraining. Technology as synonymous with progress has a problem; as Noah Smith wrote for Bloomberg, “its vision of history, and of the interaction between technology and the state, might be badly flawed.” Uber makes ride-hailing cheaper and easier. Skype connects […]

Police shoot black caretaker helping autistic man get out of the street [VIDEO]

Image via screenshot.

Even when a person obeys police orders and places their hands above their head, they can still get shot. In southern Florida, police shot an unarmed black man who tried to help an autistic patient blocking traffic after he wandered from an assisted living facility, according to The Washington Post. The man, Charles Kinsey, is […]

Students: Big fans of religious diversity in abstract, but not in reality

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

As a consequence of empty rhetoric about diversity, students champion it in the abstract — but deride the specifics of meaningful differences. Though students say they want their colleges to be open and welcoming to all religions, they’re less inclined to support religious diversity when researchers give concrete examples, according to Inside Higher Ed. As […]

‘Free college’ entitlement program: A waste of students’ time and taxpayers’ money

(Patti Blake/News Herald via AP)

The danger in transforming college education into a political right is that it obscures college as an investment and blinds people to the reality that someone has to fund it. “That obvious truth is missing from much of our political debate and the growing panic over student loans, which casts education debt as a tragedy […]

Open carry in Texas, 6 months in: No major incidents

(AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Texas legalized open carry for handguns six months ago, and the fears of blood in the streets and chaos haven’t materialized: police haven’t noticed an uptick in crime or death. Texas has had open carry for rifles legal for decades, and with handguns in the same legal standing, it “hasn’t spawned any major incidents,” according […]

Americans don’t trust institutions anymore (that’s great for Trump)

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Americans are becoming more disenchanted from political parties, and their skepticism toward government efficiency is rising. “The parties themselves are divided within, and Americans, both voters and elected officials, are openly pessimistic about the chances for a turnaround. Not only are Americans skeptical of government’s ability to solve their problems, but their faith in a […]

New Gingrich: Deport millions of Americans based on religious beliefs

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In an extraordinary declaration, Newt Gingrich wants to violate the Constitutional rights of millions of American citizens for a false sense of security. Following Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France, the former speaker of the house wants to test “every person here who is of a Muslim background” on their beliefs, and deport them if […]

Saudi-led, U.S.-backed Yemen war continues: Human rights violations ignored?

A worker stands on the rubble of a Coca-Cola beverages factory after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it on Dec. 29, 2015, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

The United States continues to support the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the result could be the crippling of the country’s economy and people for generations. Bombing of the country, started in 2015, “has deliberately sought to inflict widespread damage to Yemen’s production capacity,” according to a report from Human Rights Watch. The war has […]

Could medical marijuana end the painkiller addiction epidemic? Study says…

(AP Photo/Haven Daley)

Medical marijuana has become a direct threat to pharmaceutical companies — and an unexpected method of combating deaths from prescription narcotic overdoses. A study in Health Affairs that analyzed the effects states experienced after legalizing medical marijuana “found that the use of prescription drugs for which marijuana could serve as a clinical alternative fell significantly, […]

Data: Millennials loathe Trump/Clinton, 68% think Trump is racist

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

The election is only four months away, and the unlikeability of the candidates has pushed millennials into a rare state — they’re considering a third party candidate. This time, Libertarian Gary Johnson has more youth support than Republican Donald Trump. The GenForward survey, a collaboration of the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago […]

Making financial aid work: Merit-based programs over income-based

(Scott O'Connell/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

Colleges can improve graduation rates and the likelihood that their students remain in-state by favoring merit-based aid over need-based programs. A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that a California merit-based aid program “increases degree completion by 2 to 5 percentage points,” increases the likelihood of living in California by 3 […]

Public opinion turns against affirmative action — and it’s not just white people

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

On affirmative action, the Supreme Court and public opinion has dramatically diverged. Though the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s race-based admissions policy, a Gallup poll found that 65 percent of Americans disagree with colleges that use race and ethnicity in admissions, according to Inside Higher Ed. Those who had some postgraduate […]

Protect blue lives and civil rights: Stop putting police in harm’s way

(Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

To prevent violent interactions between civilians and the police, better policing strategy should reduce unnecessary physical interactions between the two. Changing police protocol could go a long way toward keeping police officers safe and enhancing public safety, Conor Friedersdorf wrote for The Atlantic. “There is no need for a cop to approach a motorist’s window […]

Black Americans deserve equal protection of their 2nd Amendment rights

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Black Americans do not have the same Second Amendment protections as their white counterparts, and it threatens their personal safety. The failure to protect the equal rights of black Americans has a long history, and with guns, the recent cases of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have shown the police to sometimes react to black […]

What explains liberal dominance at colleges? Blame New England

(Shannon Broderick/Laramie Boomerang via AP)

Need a culprit to blame for the ideological imbalance in college? Look to New England. Thanks to its regional penchant to be more liberal, and the heavy concentration of institutions that exert disproportionate influence on higher education nationwide, it could explain why so few professors are conservative, according to Inside Higher Ed. Research conducted by […]

Clinton’s new plan: Ignore graduation rates, give colleges more $$$

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Hillary Clinton has announced a Bernie Sanders-like change to her higher education platform, but it ignores the fundamental problem of higher education: college has a completion problem, not a cost problem. Understanding the problem of higher education as one of high costs obscures the failure of colleges to guide their students to a degree. Providing […]

Foundation gives $1 million to promote shooting groups on campus

(Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Campus shooting clubs have received funding from a firearm lobbying group, and that’s ruffled the feathers of some gun control advocates and universities. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association that wants “to promote, protect, and preserve hunting and the shooting sports,” has given at least $1 million to gun clubs at 100 colleges […]