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The Shaky Case Of Common-Good Capitalism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Saturday, November 30, 2019

The basic tenet of laissez-faire capitalism is that government intervention in the economy should be directed to two related purposes. First, to ensure that in competitive markets the legislature and courts enforce voluntary contracts between competent parties in accordance with their terms. 

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‘How To Be A Dictator’ Review: A Poetics For Tyrants

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring Frank Diköttervia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 29, 2019

A dictator cannot lead through oppression alone. He must also create the illusion of public support.

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Are Thought Crimes Impeachable?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, November 28, 2019

Alleged bad thoughts are not crimes — at least not outside George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

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Donald Trump’s Coming To The UK, NATO’s Going Nowhere

by Niall Fergusonvia Niall Ferguson
Sunday, December 1, 2019

His interest in our election matters less than his lack of interest abroad.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

How America’s Students Need To Get ‘Woke’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, December 1, 2019

The progressive campus project is a mere veneer. It is a scab of sorts, overlaying a wound beneath of progressive exploitation and class privileges and hierarchies.

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The Existential Threat To Our Democracy

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Ricochet
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

From a friend who happens to be a particularly shrewd observer: I find it telling that is the past couple of weeks two of the so-called “moderate” Democrats (Bloomberg and Buttigieg) have referred to Donald Trump as an “existential threat” to democracy. Well, consider that. Trump has been in office for 3 years. The country held perfectly free and open elections a year ago, which Trump opponents largely won.

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Use Your Vote To Honour The Victims Of The Most Murderous Creed To Besmirch The Past Century

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, November 30, 2019

In less than two weeks the British people will have the honour of being able to do something quite remarkable in history – deliver a stinging, unmistakeable rebuke to an evil ideology.

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Making The Case For Increased US Basing In The Pacific

by LT COL Matt "Fuego" Tuzelvia The Diplomat
Thursday, November 28, 2019

The U.S. should look to establish hub and spoke base networks in the Marianas Islands, Palau, and eventually the Philippines.

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Gerd Gigerenzer On Gut Feelings

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, December 2, 2019

Psychologist and author Gerd Gigerenzer of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development talks about his book Gut Feelings with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Gigerenzer argues for the power of simple heuristics--rules of thumb--over more complex models when making real-world decisions. He argues that many results in behavioral economics that appear irrational can be understood as sensible ways of coping with complexity.

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Hong Kong People Vote Overwhelmingly For Freedom And Democracy, Repudiating Pro-China Establishment Politicians And Business Elites

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

On November 24, 2019, Hong Kongers went to the polls to elect 452 members who serve on 16 District Councils. Turnout was 71% compared with 47% in 2015. Compared with 2015, Pro-democracy candidates won 388 seats (+262), Pro-Beijing candidates 59 seats (-239), and Unaligned candidates 5 seats (-2). Pro-democracy candidates won a majority in 15 of the 16 District Councils (+15).

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The Education Exchange: Building A Case Against The Blaine Amendments

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, December 2, 2019

Erica Smith, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that takes a deep look at school choice and which could declare the so-called Blaine Amendments unconstitutional in 38 stages.

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Henderson And Hooper On Why Some Drug Prices Are Too Low

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, December 1, 2019

When Americans talk about drug prices, the conversation is dominated by the eye-popping sticker prices of certain new drugs. We’re all aware of how sky-high prices can make it hard for some patients to afford the drugs they need. Yet few appreciate how patients also lose access to treatments when prices are too low.

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Highlights From "The Case For Free Trade"

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Earlier this month, I gave a talk at Boise State University titled “The Case for Free Trade.” Here’s the video and what follows are the highlights, with the approximate time at which they occurred.

Analysis and Commentary

Some Pre-Thanksgiving Good News

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I’ve noticed a few encouraging developments in the last few days that don’t merit their own blog post but do merit items in an overall post.

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Andrew Nagorski at the Berlin Wall, early 1990, shortly after it fell
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Timothy Garton Ash: ‘Ideological Competition Is Actually Good For Us’

interview with Timothy Garton Ashvia Transitions Online
Friday, November 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Timothy Garton Ash discusses 1989, and looks at the major events of that year, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tiananmen Square protests, and the breakup of Yugoslavia.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Dems Trying To Impeach Trump Over 'Thought Crimes,' But Have 'Nothing'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, November 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about Democrats trying to impeach President Trump over "thought crimes," saying the president did nothing illegal.

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Bjorn Lomborg: We Are Throwing Money At The Wrong Solutions To Climate Change

interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Dallas News
Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bjorn Lomborg talks about encouraging policymakers to spend money on countering climate change more effectively rather than spending on feel-good green projects, policymakers must invest in the ideas that will do the most good for the most people.

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Ferguson Says The Lesson From History Is Market Could Soon Fall

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Forbes
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Using history as a guide, historian Niall Ferguson, told a conference that there won't be a U.S.-China trade deal this year, that the probability of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) becoming the Democratic presidential nominee is not priced into the market, and before New Year's Day, the stock market could experience a sell off similar to the one a year ago.

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Marco Rubio’s Myopic Capitalism

quoting John H. Cochranevia Eurasia Review
Thursday, November 28, 2019

Americans are searching for answers for the disintegration of the family, falling participation in religious and civic institutions, drug dependency, suicide, and economic dislocation. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., believes he has found the answer to the social crises of our time in Catholic social teaching.

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Dems Attempting To Impeach Trump Over ‘Thought Crimes’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Breitbart
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Friday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson criticized the reasoning behind a Democratic push to impeach President Donald Trump. He referred to the congressional Democrats’ allegations as crimes of “thought.”

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In A Land Of Heroes, Gangsters And John Ford

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

As I watched “The Irishman” a few weeks ago in a Manhattan movie theater I felt an ache, a kind of grief sneaking up on me, and toward the end I thought I knew why. I realized: I am watching John Ford’s “Cheyenne Autumn.” I am watching a great artist say goodbye to a world he knew, the world in which he’d risen, a particular kind of America. 

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Slavery? We Were A Footnote

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Powerline
Friday, November 29, 2019

Liberals are trying to rewrite American history, teaching our children that the only thing that ever happened here–until they came along a year or two ago!–was slavery. The New York Times’s 1619 Project, which is being enthusiastically adopted by the nation’s public schools, is the culmination of years of left-wing propaganda. 

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Raghuram Rajan's Warning About Mudra Loans Last Year May Be Coming True— And Now A Citi Report Confirms It

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Business Insider
Friday, November 29, 2019

Many of the working capital loans made to India's small entrepreneurs may be turning bad.

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Jesus Ate With Sinners

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Chaffee County Times
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Jesus ate with sinners. In public sometimes. This did not endear Him to the religious leaders of His time. To eat with someone meant that you were equals in some sense.

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Eric Shawn: Why I Will Not Give Up Looking For Jimmy Hoffa

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Fox News
Sunday, December 1, 2019

On Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. EST on the Fox News Channel, the result of almost two decades investigating the greatest mystery in American history will be distilled into one hour (minus commercials). The program, "Fox Nation Presents: The Real Search for James R. Hoffa," documents my long quest to try to uncover the answers to Hoffa's murder when he disappeared in Detroit on July 30, 1975.

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UK PM Boris Johnson On Course To Win Parliamentary Majority

cited Douglas Riversvia CNBC
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course to win a majority of 68 in parliament at the Dec. 12 election, according to a model from pollsters YouGov that accurately predicted the 2017 election.

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The Motives Behind The False Narrative On Islam And The West

quoting Bruce Thorntonvia PJ Media
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Any honest and objective appraisal of Islam’s historic jihad on the Christian world must be eye-opening, to say the very least. In the first century of its existence (between 632-732) Islam permanently conquered, Arabized, and Islamized nearly three-quarters of the post-Roman Christian world, thereby permanently severing it. 

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Bloomberg Has Too Many Negatives To Win The Democratic Nomination, Barney Frank Says

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia CNBC
Friday, November 29, 2019

Barney Frank, a former leading House Democrat, told CNBC on Friday that former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg has too much baggage to win the Democratic primary.

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An Enduring Legacy

quoting Charles I. Plosservia Rochester Beacon
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

In today’s footloose world of work, talent retention and attraction has attained greater significance. A 1996 Washington Post article by now-famous Malcolm Gladwell, then a lowly staff writer, explored the impact of General Dynamics’ abrupt departure from Rochester in 1971. Gladwell noted that the company relocated only a “few dozen carefully selected specialists and executives,” then told the stories of the smart, motivated people left behind.

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How The Last Chief Justice Handled An Impeachment Trial Of The President Of The United States

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia MSN
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Two decades ago, Chief Justice William Rehnquist captured unprecedented attention as he presided over the Senate trial of a president, a role that would fall to Chief Justice John Roberts if the US House were to impeach President Donald Trump and a Senate trial were launched.

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Nigeria: Fayemi, Tambuwal, Others To Speak At Oxford University On '20 Years Of Democracy In Nigeria

mentioning Larry Diamondvia All Africa
Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Governor of Ekiti State and the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, and the Governor of Sokoto State and the Deputy Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, will both speak at an International Conference on "20 Years of Democracy in Nigeria: 1999-2019" at Oxford University, United Kingdom on Friday, December 6, 2019.

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Books Of The Year

mentioning Frank Diköttervia New Statesman America
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Our friends and contributors choose their favorite reading of 2019.

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Best Books Of 2019: Politics

mentioning Frank Diköttervia Financial Times
Monday, December 2, 2019

Gideon Rachman selects his must-read titles including How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century, by Frank Dikötter.

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The Hello Girls

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia Village News Online
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Country Club of Petersburg hosted a private screening of the documentary “The Hello Girls,” Saturday, Nov. 16. Directed by James Theres, “The Hello Girls” is an award-winning documentary that sheds light on the women soldiers of World War I, who expertly operated the telephone switchboards under Gen. John J. Pershing.