Nothing can rival the insights you get from really good theater. Having seen Helen Edmundson’s play “Queen Anne” in London last Monday, followed by the political theater of prime minister’s questions in Parliament two days later, I now understand everything.
Law professor Gillian Hadfield of the University of Southern California and author of Rules for a Flat World talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her book for regulating the digital future. Hadfield suggests the competitive provision of regulation with government oversight as a way to improve the flexibility and effectiveness of regulation in the dynamic digital world we are living in.
A libertarian friend on Facebook linked to a two-minute interview of William Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, and claimed that Dudley was subscribing to Frederic Bastiat's famous broken window fallacy.
A friend asks a very good question: I have a very close relative (elementary teacher) who is on the left end of the political spectrum, who has a book club largely inhabited by dedicated and talented teachers of similar persuasion, who would like her group to branch out a little and read some books from more conservative authors and academics.
Federal officials sometimes fail to heed the Rule of Holes: When you’re in a hole, stop digging. An example is the US Department of Agriculture’s response to my June 12 op-ed, “Attack of the Killer Petunias,” which represents the culmination of a kind of bureaucratic trifecta surrounding the regulation of genetically engineered plants.
Byron York, in "Crime and immigration: What's in the Dream Act," Washington Examiner, September 7, writes: Commentary on the DACA controversy frequently notes that the nation's nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers are a law-abiding group. But a new bill to give DACA recipients full legal status would allow newly legalized Dreamers to have many run-ins with the law -- arrests, charges, convictions -- and still receive benefits.
In his short time in office, President Donald Trump has moved unilaterally to reduce environmental protections, pull the nation from international agreements, and hollow out the federal workforce. This summer, he threatened North Korea with nuclear holocaust and then issued an executive order that will encourage the construction industry to build more homes in environmentally sensitive and flood-prone areas—right before Hurricane Harvey hit. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
If you want to feel depressed about the state of race relations, just read the news. White supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Va., and the President of the United States gave them a pass. A far-right group called La Meute marched in Quebec City. Racism accusations have rocked the town of Thunder Bay and a shocking number of Indigenous kids have been found in local rivers.
There is a new film out by Pamela Geller, Can’t We Talk About This? Those were the last words spoken by Theo Van Gogh as he was being murdered at 9 in the morning on a main thoroughfare in Amsterdam. I urge you to watch and support this film.
The data breach at credit reporting company Equifax Inc. is the latest example of vulnerabilities at private-sector companies that hackers have exploited — a growing trend that cybersecurity experts say emphasizes the need for enhanced information sharing between the Department of Homeland Security and industry officials.