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The Civil Rights Movement And Stolen Valor

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Kamala Harris leverages her (half-)black victimhood for political advantage.

Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Engineering and Policy Perspectives

by Bilal M. Ayyub, Alice Hillvia National Academy of Engineering
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Each year, governments and the private sector invest trillions of dollars in infrastructure that may not withstand future risks from climate change (Oxford Economics 2017). Most of the world’s new infrastructure will be built in developing countries, which face the dual challenges of disaster response and urbanization (Oxford Economics 2017), but responding to natural disasters is also a major challenge in developed countries. 

Tying Down the Anchor: The Task Gets Tougher

by Kevin Warshvia Strategies for Monetary Policy
Friday, May 3, 2019

One can view the proximity of the current Fed policy stance to the zero-lower-bound as an accident of history, or a wise choice. So, too, the grand scale and scope of the Fed’s balance sheet. No matter one’s judgment, the Fed finds itself with less conventional and unconventional ammunition. With ammunition low, Fed credibility – to act independently, get policy right, and explain well the rationale for its actions—is at a premium. Fed cred will be relied upon most when the economy slows or confronts a shock. So it’s encouraging that Fed is open to considering reforms in the conduct of monetary policy.

Do The Fundamentals Of K-12 Education Still Matter

by Christopher N. Ruszkowski, Kevin Hoffmanvia The Line
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Growing up as the son of a Polish immigrant, former New Mexico Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski heard regularly from his father that “reading is the key to all knowledge.” According to his dad, reading is the “path to choice, options, conversation, expression and opportunities of all stripes.” Who could argue with him? In his opinion, literacy created life’s possibilities for his children, one of whom became a social studies teacher and went on to lead one of the most diverse school systems in the nation.

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Litmus Tests From Left & Right Are Standing in the Way of Education Reform’s Promise for Children and Families

by Lea M. Crusey, Christopher N. Ruszkowskivia The 74 Million
Monday, April 8, 2019

The education reform movement continues to evolve, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Because movements are fundamentally about responding to and creating positive change, that’s a good thing, even if we sometimes find ourselves in a defensive position. Change within our sector is healthy — particularly when it allows deeply held shared principles to assume new forms.

30 Years After Tiananmen: Memory in the Era of Xi Jinping

by Glenn Tiffertvia Journal of Democracy
Monday, April 1, 2019

No event in its modern history haunts the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as deeply as the protest movement that swept the country during the spring of 1989. Around the world, millions witnessed a tragedy unfold that is now indelibly linked to the square that was its focal point, establishing Tiananmen as a metonym for a government’s punitive war against a remonstrating citizenry. Not long after crushing the protests as a “counterrevolutionary rebellion,” the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) imposed a cone of silence around the entire affair so complete that even to mention it is to touch the third rail of Chinese politics.

White Liberals and the Cult of Ethnic Sado-Narcissism

by Jeremy Carlvia American Greatness
Sunday, March 31, 2019

When Jussie Smollett’s hate hoax collapsed spectacularly a few weeks back, after being publicized incessantly by Hollywood celebrities and the mainstream media, the most penetrating take came from journalist Andy Ngo. “Jussie Smollett’s hoax is symptomatic of America’s illness,” Ngo wrote—a combination he attributed to the rise of victimhood culture fueled in significant part by increasing group conflict.

Michael McFaul Testifies Before House Intelligence Committee

featuring Michael McFaulvia House Intelligence
Thursday, March 28, 2019

On March 28, 2019, Michael McFaul testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The hearing, "Putin’s Playbook: The Kremlin’s Use of Oligarchs, Money and Intelligence in 2016 and Beyond” included testimony by Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University.

Caravans & Cat Skins: African history before colonialism

by Barnaby Crowcroftvia Literary Review
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

In July 1324, Sultan Musa of Mali rocked up in Cairo, together with an entourage of over ten thousand slaves and retainers, staying as the guest of the city’s Mamluk governor as he passed through Egypt on the hajj. Fifty years later Cairenes were still talking about it. The Malian ruler flooded the city with gold.

American tech giants are fiercely competitive monopolies

by Nicolas Petitvia ESB
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In virtually every country, antitrust agencies and regulators characterize US tech giants as monopolists. The press now refers to them as ‘big tech’, the ‘frightful 5’, or FAANGs (for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google). Do they deserve to be vilified as monopolists regulated like public utilities or even broken up?