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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Governance Matters

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, September 20, 2013

Tucked away in Amanda Ripley’s pages are a number of examples of how Finland, South Korea and Poland organize and govern their education systems, and these are illuminating as well as actionable in the policy realm.

Analysis and Commentary

Alexander and Inglis Letter to the “NSA/CSS Family,” and the USG’s Unconscionably Weak Defense of NSA

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, September 20, 2013

Kevin Gosztola at Firedoglake has a copy of a two-page letter from NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and NSA Deputy Director John Inglis to the “NSA/CSS family” about the Snowden leaks.  The letter essentially defends NSA from what Alexander and Inglis see

Analysis and Commentary

Uncommon Knowledge with Andy Kessler and Peter Thiel

with Peter M. Robinson, Andy Kessler, Peter A. Thielvia Wall Street Journal Live
Friday, September 20, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

It’s the Government, Stupid

by Charles L. Hoopervia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, September 20, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Syria Postmortem

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, September 19, 2013

I think the so-called Syrian crisis is working out as most anticipated: 1) In about a year or so Assad and Putin will announce that they “think” they might have in theory rounded up a lot of the WMD, and will soon make plans to turn it over to “authorities,” subject to further negotiations. 2) John Kerry will periodically announce that “his” plan has worked and that Assad still cannot kill with WMD any of those he kills by other means, as Obama adds that Putin still “owns” the crisis and that the U.S. keeps all options on the table. 3) Assad will stay in power, given his own ability to use Russian weapons to stalemate the insurgents, who increasingly become even more unsympathetic and up the profile of Islamist groups in their midst. We may see 200,000 total casualties, to the extent they are reported, by this time next year. 4) Europe and the U.N. will decide that they really don’t much care what Assad or his enemies do. 5) Most in the region will still argue over who is the new outside arbiter, a militarily and economically stagnant Russia under a canny and audacious authoritarian, or a once overwhelmingly strong U.S. led by Hamlet. 6) Iran will follow the Assad model—welcoming Russian support, and, like Assad, swearing off any intention to ever use WMD, as it requests new rounds of negotiations, and its leaders give TV interviews to showcase their new moderate and engaged attitude. 7) Obama will reference “Bush” and “Iraq” if ever asked about what’s up in Syria. 8) The American public will have a vague idea that about a year earlier something happened sometime to someone in Syria, but what and when and where and why they are not quite sure. 9) A periodic op-ed in the New York Times will deplore the ongoing violence in Syria. 10) Ignore the above if Assad is stupid enough to use WMD yet one more time just to embarrass further the U.S.; the pressure on Obama would be such that he really would have to order an unbelievably small shot across the Syrian bow.

Analysis and Commentary

The New-Keynesian Liquidity Trap

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

High Unemployment Makes Productivity A Job Destroyer

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Investor's Business Daily
Thursday, September 19, 2013

New research shows, workers have suffered because high unemployment has turned productivity increases into a substitute for job growth rather than a complement to it.

Analysis and Commentary

The Blurry Frontiers of Economic Policy

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

To Fix Medicaid, We Need to Spend Less Money on It

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg View
Thursday, September 19, 2013

With each new day comes news of yet another state opting to expand its Medicaid program as a result of the Affordable Care Act. This week alone, Governor Tom

Syrian Refugees
Analysis and Commentary

On the Syria Crisis

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Edward Snowden, now in Moscow as special assistant to President Putin, has given us a highly classified telegram, drafted by Russia’s chief diplomat for the Middle East Georgi Kennankov to President Putin, “eyes only.” The telegram was sent from the Russian embassy in Tehran,

Interviews
Interviews

Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show (19:22)

with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Guests: Daniel Henninger, WSJ WONDER LAND. Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index. Richard A Epstein, Hoover Institution Defining Ideas, & Chicago Law.

In the News
In the News

Kori Schake Speaks at The Commonwealth Club of California

with Kori Schakevia Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, September 10, 2013