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The Economist As Scapegoat

by Russell Robertsvia Medium
Thursday, January 30, 2020

A lot of things are thought to be wrong with America these days. A rising suicide rate. Opioid addiction and deaths. Unaffordable housing in America’s most prosperous cities. Rising inequality. Pockets of poverty in the Rust Belt and elsewhere. Steadily declining jobs in the manufacturing sector. A falling marriage rate. Stagnant wages. Health care costs spiraling higher as life expectancy falls. Very high levels of government debt. Very high levels of student debt. A stubbornly high trade deficit. 

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The Deadliest Virus We Face Is Complacency

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 3, 2020

We don't know enough yet to say how bad the coronavirus will be. 

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Up Schiff’s Creek

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Just as the off-putting California Democrat sought to take credit for taking out President Trump, so too will he be blamed for only further empowering him.

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Iowa Votes: The End Of The Beginning Of Bernie, Or The Beginning Of The End Of The Democrats’ Electability?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, February 2, 2020

We’re in for a crazy few days of news: Super Bowl Sunday; Monday’s return to the Senate impeachment trial; Tuesday’s State of the Union Address by President Trump; Wednesday’s Senate vote likely acquitting Trump on the two impeachment counts.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Area 45: Tom Church: The Fiscal Effects Of A Public Option

interview with Tom Churchvia Area 45
Friday, January 31, 2020

The enormous fiscal impact on government and taxpayers should a politically feasible public option become law.

Analysis and Commentary

Pacific Century: The Epidemic Hits

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, January 31, 2020

The Coronavirus, Taiwan Elections, and the Trade Deal.

Analysis and Commentary

More Selective Editing Of American History

by John Yoovia National Review
Friday, January 31, 2020

Today, the president of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, decided to remove the name of John Boalt from the law school building at the University of California at Berkeley. Boalt undeniably made racist remarks opposing Chinese immigration to California in the late 19th century which added to the forces that results in the passage of the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act.

Analysis and Commentary

Iowa’s Reveal: Biden Is Striding . . . Or Old Joe Is The New Jeb

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, January 30, 2020

As we near Monday’s vote in Iowa, here’s a WalletHub study of how the Hawkeye State matches up with the rest of America on a battery of sociodemographic, economic, educational and religious metrics (long story short: strong parallels in terms of education and poverty rate, but not so much on race).

Analysis and Commentary

Robert Shiller On Narrative Economics

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 3, 2020

Economist, author, and Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller of Yale University discusses his book Narrative Economics with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Shiller proposes a novel idea--that the narratives that people believe and use to understand the world affect their economic behavior and in turn affect the macroeconomy. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Are Homeschooled Children Missing Out On Cultural Capital?

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, February 3, 2020

An assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, Daniel Hamlin, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss research on whether homeschooled children have fewer opportunities to acquire cultural capital than their public school peers.

Analysis and Commentary

‘Islamic Empires’ Review: Revisiting A Glorious Past

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 31, 2020

Debate thrived, music was composed, architecture was built by rulers who sought to outdo one another in splendor.

Interviews
Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, February 1, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Decline Of Unions Is Good News." 

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, February 1, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Decline Of Unions Is Good News." 

Interviews

Lanhee Chen: The Economic Impact Of The Corona Virus Could Be Felt For Months To Come

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KCBS Radio
Friday, January 31, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the economic impact of the coronavirus around the world..especially in China and even here in the United States.

Interviews

Kiron Skinner: Trump Signs Executive Order Combating Human Trafficking

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Friday, January 31, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses the southern border and the Trump administration’s work to decrease human trafficking.

Interviews

Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, January 31, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his Spectator article "The West can only blame itself for failing to prepare for Huawei."

Interviews

Markos Kounalakis: UK Parts Ways With The EU

with Markos Kounalakisvia CBS News
Friday, January 31, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Markos Kounalakis discusses the UK leaving the European Union (EU) three years and seven months after voting to leave the EU. Kounalakis notes that now comes the hard work of actually leaving the EU.

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Jack Goldsmith On The Mike Schikman Show

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia The Mike Schikman Show
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his recent book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

In the News
In the News

Hierarchies May Rule, But True Power Resides With The People, Author Says

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Palm Beach Post
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Niall Ferguson summarizes the premise behind his new book “The Square and the Tower,” in one phrase: Most of human history is hierarchical.

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Getting The Fracts Straight: Hoover Institution

featuring Hoover Institutionvia Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Friday, January 31, 2020

Hydraulic fracturing has its risk, but as we show in this video, scientific research suggests they are rare. Meanwhile, the process yields substantial economic gains. The nation is experiencing a natural gas and oil boom due in no small part to hydraulic fracturing, and for many states, this boom has been the driver behind strong economic growth.

In the News

How Private Equity Buried Payless

quoting Steven J. Davisvia The New York Times
Friday, January 31, 2020

The financiers who had taken over Payless ShoeSource didn’t have much experience selling low-priced footwear, but they had big ideas about how things ought to be done. One was capitalizing on enthusiasm for the 2018 World Cup in the Latin American countries where the company had hundreds of stores.

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Warren Is Wrong: Why Real Wealth Often Means Business Ownership—And How That's A Good Thing

quoting John H. Cochranevia National Interest
Sunday, February 2, 2020

On her campaign website, Senator Elizabeth Warren discusses reasons why she supports an annual wealth tax. She says, “Consider two people: an heir with $500 million in yachts, jewelry, and fine art, and a teacher with no savings in the bank.”

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Brexit Supporters Say ‘Free At Last’ As Britain Leaves The EU

quoting Andrew Robertsvia National Review
Sunday, February 2, 2020

After decades of opposition from the establishment — from Obama to Blair to the BBC and the IMF — the Brexiteers won the day.