In June, Saudi Arabia — along with two other Persian Gulf states and Egypt — picked a fight with Qatar, on the grounds that the country is funding Islamic terrorism. The move was almost satirical, given that Saudi Arabia itself has long funded the spread of fundamentalist Salafi Islam, which is often associated with extremism.
I generally favor private, voluntary solutions to social problems over government mandated solutions. Some private solutions involve business. Others involve charities or foundations. But I’m not an anarchist. There are many things the government does better than the private sector — defense, police, the courts, enforcing property rights and protecting the environment.
Historian Rachel Laudan talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about food waste. Laudan argues that much of the alleged wasting of food serves a purpose and reducing waste would have costs that exceed the benefits.
Free speech has come under attack on two fronts since Donald Trump was elected president. Many unhappy with his victory charge that Russia interfered in our election on his behalf by using social media like Facebook and Twitter, which should be held responsible for the content on their sites.
I call attention to the Inverse-Hirschman scenario's twist for a specific historical reason. It basically describes another historical situation--this one in Charlottesville, Virginia in the spring of 1959, amidst ongoing court orders to desegregate.
Like pumpkin-spice lattes during autumn, ways of getting college credit during high school (CCHS) are big business nowadays, whether one is looking at such tried-and-true vehicles as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate or fast-growing newcomers like dual credit, dual enrollment, early-college high schools and P-tech schools.
Vladimir Kogan, one of the co-authors of the study I recently criticized on Republicans "sabotaging" the implantation of Obamacare, wrote me on November 27. I replied to him on November 29 and he replied to my reply the same day. Given that the issues he raised are of more-general interest, I asked his consent to my posting our whole discussion on EconLog.
The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to roll back net neutrality has sparked intense debate; those in favor worry that deregulation would limit access to information in a way that disproportionally affects vulnerable populations, while opponents argue that the market naturally regulates itself without government interference.
The national security experts and intelligence contributors of NBC News join Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” for a panel discussion on the United States’ role on the global stage and its position as a world leader in diplomatic scenarios.
United States Ambassador Nikki Haley’s remarks last week at the United Nations, after North Korea’s latest missile test, sounded like what a superpower should say: If war comes, “the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed”. If China doesn’t cut off oil to the Hermit Kingdom, “we can take the oil situation into our own hands”.
There are few things more important than our children’s education. I know that from experience — as the father of five kids who attended Idaho public schools, and as the son of a single mom who pushed me to go as far as I could with my education.
You need time to savor Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, in which Stephen Kotkin fills 900 close-typed pages with an epic telling of how Stalin consolidated power, killed millions of his citizens and then miscalculated Hitler’s intentions.
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis yesterday announced J.D. Crouch will chair the Defense Policy Board. Crouch, a former assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor, is currently the chief executive officer and the president of the United Services Organization.