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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Timid Generation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Aristotle thought courage the preeminent virtue. Without it, there could be no morality. Virtue becomes a mere abstraction, a high-sounding platitude that is easy to live by in one’s sleep.

Analysis and Commentary

An Autopsy for the Keynesians

by John H. Cochranevia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, December 21, 2014

We were warned that the 2013 sequester meant a recession. Instead, unemployment came down faster than expected.

Analysis and Commentary

A Modest Defense of the Government’s Legal and Policy Confusion Re Sony

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The attribution problem makes it very hard for the public to know if North Korea in fact attacked Sony, the precise damage Sony suffered, and the party responsible for the (apparent) counter-attack in North Korea. 

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Analysis and Commentary

Schwarzman, Piketty, Kerry, Gorman Pick Best Books of ’14

featuring Stephen Haber, Charles Calomirisvia Bloomberg
Friday, December 12, 2014

Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber’s “Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit” is a magnificent study of the economics and politics of banking.

Analysis and Commentary

NSA Swag Made in Pakistan

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Three years ago, Lawfare broke the important news that CIA branded gear at the CIA’s gift shop was being imported from, of all places, Pakistan.

Analysis and Commentary

A One-man Revolution

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Until now there were two types of peaceful American change. One was a president, like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, working with Congress to alter American life from the top down by passing a new agenda.

Analysis and Commentary

Fantasyland, U.S.A.

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, December 22, 2014

One way of reinventing reality is to warp the meaning of words. No president in memory has waged such a war on the English language as has Barack Obama — changing the meaning of vocabulary to hide what he fears might otherwise be unpopular.

Analysis and Commentary

Who's Responsible?

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Friday, December 26, 2014

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police.

Analysis and Commentary

The Sony Hack: Attribution Problems, and the Connection to Domestic Surveillance

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, December 19, 2014

The FBI said today of the Sony hack:

Analysis and Commentary

The Brooklyn Cop Killings: A Numerate Analysis

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, December 22, 2014

I'll put aside the irony that many people on the right are borrowing a page that many on the left use on other issues by blaming a climate of opinion for the two Brooklyn cop murders.

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Analysis and Commentary

Let the C.I.A. Do What It Is Supposed to Do

by Amy Zegartvia New York Times
Monday, December 22, 2014

From its inception in 1947, the C.I.A. was designed with one overriding mission: preventing strategic surprise. Its controversial interrogation program is just the latest symptom of a larger disease, the tyranny of the current.

Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens
Analysis and Commentary

Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson interviews Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell on his 5th edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy. In this interview, Sowell brings the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Sowell draws on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history.

Analysis and Commentary

The Demise of Due Process on Campus

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, December 26, 2014

Universities’ mishandling of sexual assault allegations has been making the news -- but not in the way feminist activists and progressive politicians had hoped.

Analysis and Commentary

Terry Moe on Teacher Union Power

featuring Terry M. Moe, Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Saturday, December 20, 2014

In this video, Terry Moe discusses his recent book on teacher union power, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools, with Eric Hanushek. Moe’s analysis pinpoints the self-interest of unions that leads them to block many education reform ideas.

Analysis and Commentary

Why New York Is Wrong About Fracking

by Jeremy Carlvia CNN
Saturday, December 20, 2014

(CNN) -- "I consider the people of New York my patients," acting New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said this week as he cited health-related reasons for recommending New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ban hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to develop natural gas resources in the state.

Analysis and Commentary

Russia's Natural Gas Sales Plummet: Is Russia Captive To European Buyers?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The received wisdom is that Europe cannot offend Russia because it depends so much on Russian natural gas. We have this backwards. It should be: Russia cannot offend Europe because it depends too much on sales of natural gas sales to Europe.

Analysis and Commentary

Ceasefire in Colombia

by Mark Moyarvia Military History in the News
Monday, December 22, 2014

This week, diplomats from the United Nations and the European Union are hailing the unilateral ceasefire declared by the leftist FARC as the harbinger of a peace that will permanently end a conflict dating back to the 1960s.

Interviews
Interviews

John Cochrane on the John Batchelor Show (19:16)

interview with John H. Cochranevia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Senior Fellow John Cochrane discusses his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed on the John Batchelor Show.

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Interviews

Russell Roberts, Michael Boskin, and Edward Lazear on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Russell Roberts, Michael J. Boskin, Edward Paul Lazearvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, December 25, 2014

In a Christmas Special, John Batchelor plays his favorite segments from 2014.  Here, Research Fellow Russell Roberts and Senior Fellows Michael Boskin and Edward Lazear remember Gary Becker.

Interviews

Michael McFaul on NPR

interview with Michael McFaulvia NPR
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses the Russian economy and current events in Russia on NPR.

In the News
In the News

Book Review of Joseph Bottum, ‘An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America’

featuring Shelby Steelevia Washington Post
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I recently read Joseph Bottum’s marvelous book, “An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America.” This is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in some time.

In the News

Richard Epstein, George Soros, and Bruce Caldwell Discuss Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty

featuring Richard A. Epsteinvia Utopia - You Are Standing In It!
Monday, December 22, 2014

Richard Epstein, George Soros, and Bruce Caldwell discuss Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty.

In the News

Continuing Conversation... Joshua Angrist on Econometrics and Causation

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts explored his skepticism about econometrics and causation with MIT's Joshua Angrist. Did Angrist convince Roberts about the value of empirical methods today? Are you convinced?

In the News

Is Obama Underestimating ISIL?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Wall Street Cheat Sheet
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

When President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced that the U.S. would increase its airstrikes targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), as well as militants in Syria, he didn’t call the actions a declaration of war. But should they be?

In the News

How Will the U.S. Punish North Korea?

quoting Thomas H. Henriksenvia National Journal
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

President Obama has promised to retaliate against North Korea for the large-scale hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, but actual details about any planned U.S. action are few: The president only said last week before departing for Hawaii that the American response would be "proportional."