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Analysis and Commentary

Protestors Have Jumped The Shark

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Jump the shark" is an American pop-culture expression that derives from a 1977 "Happy Days" sitcom episode and describes a moment of decline. At a certain point, a TV show becomes so predictable, empty of ideas and gimmicky that in desperation its writers will try anything -- like the character "The Fonz" jumping over a shark on water skis -- just to keep on the air.

Analysis and Commentary

Sympathy For Homo Religiosus

by Russell Robertsvia Econ Journal Watch
Thursday, May 5, 2016

What might religion do to improve our understanding of economics and human behavior? Here I contrast the mainstream economics view of choice and behavior with the religious view. In the mainstream economics view, human beings are rational calculating maximizers of utility.

Analysis and Commentary

Will Anyone Make The National Security Case For Donald Trump?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Yesterday, Carrie Cordero opened her piece urging voters to reject Donald Trump by noting that "Benjamin Wittes assures me that he is prepared to publish the serious national security case for voting Trump, if someone serious is prepared to write it." I want to reiterate that invitation.

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The Libertarian: “Title IX and College Justice”

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Washington’s role in the campus rape debate.

Victor Davis Hanson: Trump, Class, and the 2016 Election
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Victor Davis Hanson: Trump, Class, and the 2016 Election

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Donald Trump’s rise as a front-runner in the 2016 presidential primaries may be a surprising development, but according to Victor Davis Hanson, it isn’t without explanation. 

Scott W. Atlas: Cleaning up the Post-Obamacare Mess: Restoring Quality Health Care at Lower Cost
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Scott W. Atlas: Cleaning up the Post-Obamacare Mess: Restoring Quality Health Care at Lower Cost

with Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Institution
Monday, April 18, 2016

This talk, which comes on the heels of Atlas’s latest book, Restoring Quality Health Care, brings clarity to the increasingly complex topic of US health-care policy in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. 

Richard A. Epstein: Originalism as Originally Understood: The Uncertain Legacy of Justice Scalia
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Richard Epstein: Originalism as Originally Understood: The Uncertain Legacy of Justice Scalia

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Institution
Monday, April 18, 2016

Much has been said about the legacy of US Supreme Court justice Antonin “Nino” Scalia since he died in February 2016. 

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France Refuses To See Islamism As A Cultural Problem

by Fabrice Balanche via The Caravan
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Despite the terrorist attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris, the French government refuses to acknowledge the link between terrorism in France, the crisis in the Middle East, and the complacency towards the threat of political Islam on the domestic scene. The truth is that the jihadists who  hit Paris and then Brussels on March 22, 2016, had been indoctrinated in the Salafi ideology sponsored by Saudi funded mosques, indirectly financed by private donors in the Gulf, and tolerated by Turkey - the country through which they pass to Europe. 

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How Should Europe Respond To Islamism?

by Ted R. Bromundvia The Caravan
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In this era of mass and uncontrolled migrant flows, Adam Smith’s 1776 classic on The Wealth of Nations offers insight into the nature of the challenge posed by Islamism. Far from being a mere manual of economics, Smith’s work reveals how competition promotes progress across society and government, and how it created the modern state and the modern international state system.

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In Choosing Female Leaders, U.S. Trails Many Nations

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Every election brings new questions about the qualities and character of national leadership, in the United States and abroad. In the 2008 presidential election, the big question was whether America could elect a nonwhite man – in this case, an African American – as president. Up until then, all U.S. presidents had been white Christian males of European descent.


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