Many in the United States worry about the erosion of democratic norms. Too few, however, exhibit concern for the steady deterioration over the last half century of the essential democratic norm of free speech.
Justice Ginsburg joined Justice Gorsuch and three other liberal colleagues in supporting the individual rights of the Yakama Nation in the Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc taxation case — significant because of her history of opposing tribal sovereignty
Right after the 2016 election, Green Party candidate Jill Stein—cheered on by Hillary Clinton dead-enders—sued in three states to recount votes and thereby overturn Donald Trump’s victory in the Electoral College. Before the quixotic effort imploded, Stein was praised as an iconic progressive social justice warrior who might stop the hated Trump from even entering the White House.
Financial advisers in the United States manage over $30 trillion in investible assets, and plan the financial futures of roughly half of U.S. households. At the same time, trust in the financial sector remains near all-time lows. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer ranks financial services as the least trusted sector by consumers, finding that only 54 percent of consumers "trust the financial services sector to do what is right."
One thing President Trump can be: stubborn. Three springs into his presidency, Trump has shown little interest in the lifeblood of the nation’s capital, other than quick spins over to the Trump International Hotel for private dinners with family and friends.
Law professor and author Robin Feldman of UC Hastings College of the Law talks about her book Drugs, Money, and Secret Handshakes with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Feldman argues that the legal and regulatory environment for drug companies encourages those companies to seek drugs that extend their monopoly through the patent system often with insufficient benefit for consumers.
Some studies have found that schools can get substantial gains in achievement by changing textbooks. But a new analysis by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard finds little evidence of differences in achievement gains for schools using different math textbooks.
Warning: this one’s going to get super wonky. A year ago, I published a five-part (!) series digging into the question of whether school choice programs’ impacts on test scores were predictive of their students’ long-term success—in other words, whether higher test scores among participants in such programs foreshadowed positive outcomes like high school graduation, college enrollment, college completion, and gainful employment.
Jonathan Meer, an economics professor and first-rate economic researcher at Texas A&M University, shared with me an op/ed on the minimum wage that he wrote recently. It was rejected by a few publications, although I think, as you’ll see, the rejection had nothing to do with the quality of the piece. So he and I have agreed that I’ll run it here as a guest blog post.
"I think this law [making sales of kidneys illegal] is basically a form of mass murder. The government is not merely allowing 5000 deaths a year, or failing to save 5000 people; it is killing 5,000 people a year. Since the killing is unjustified (it is not, e.g., done in self-defense, or defense of an innocent third party, or as just punishment for a heinous crime, or as a form of euthanasia), it is murder." This is from Michael Huemer, “Why Not Sell a Kidney?.”
interview with Darrell Duffievia Stanford University School of Engineering
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Darrell Duffie discusses the implications of emerging technologies that are enabling a new era of high-speed, next-generation finance, ranging from the proliferation of digital payment systems to the dizzying speeds associated with our trading systems, where competitive advantages play out over nanoseconds.
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses how the House Ways and Means Committee is demanding that President Trump release his tax returns. This could escalate into a terrible abuse of power resulting in a political weapon of partisan politics.
The radical leftist agenda simply doesn't connect with the heart of America – but that, says a New York Times best-selling author, is just one of the reasons why President Donald Trump will be reelected next year, hands down.
featuring H. R. McMastervia UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Join Gen. H.R. McMaster in a conversation with Wayne Lee, chair of the UNC curriculum in peace, war and defense. They will discuss “Strategic Narcissism and the Need for Historical Perspective in Foreign Policy and National Security” as the opening talk for the TISS conference. McMaster (Ph.D. history ’96) is a retired U.S. Army general. In 2017, he became the 26th national security advisor, serving under President Donald Trump.
The US housing market bust after 2006 drove a historic collapse in the employment share of young companies, according to research by Chicago Booth’s Steven J. Davis and University of Maryland’s John Haltiwanger. The share of private-sector workers employed by young companies (defined as less than 60 months old) dropped from 18 percent in 1987 to just 9 percent in 2014. It fell especially fast from 2006 to 2011.
The Case for Trump by the political and military scholar Victor Davis Hanson is a book dedicated to the "Deplorables." It is a fact-based analysis of why Donald Trump was able to win the presidency in 2016. Beyond that, Hanson sat down with American Thinker and discussed the presidential election in 2020.
You can count on one familiar refrain in the 2020 presidential campaign: Fix the schools. Faith in education is one of the nation’s bedrock values. Better schools would (we think) narrow economic inequalities and help people reach their personal potential. Promises to revitalize schools are inevitable.
“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. People with careers as ethnic leaders usually tell their followers what they want to hear.” – Thomas Sowell
By signing an executive order, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California recently ended the threat of execution as long as he is in office for the 737 inmates on the state’s death row, the largest in the Western Hemisphere.