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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Clairborne Pell's Legacy

by Diane Ravitchvia Forbes
Monday, January 5, 2009

Former Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island left quite a legacy when he died on Jan. 1 at the age of 90...

Analysis and Commentary

Five Reasons Why India Can't 'Do A Gaza' On Pakistan

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Forbes
Monday, January 5, 2009

Over the last week, many Americans (and Indians) have asked me why India does not "do a Gaza" on Pakistan, referring, of course, to an emulation of Israel's punitive use of force against Hamas-run Palestine, a territory from which rockets rain down on Israeli soil with reliable frequency (if not reliable destructiveness ... but that is not for want of Hamas intent)...

Analysis and Commentary

Four bankers and a fiasco

by Niall Fergusonvia Financial Times
Saturday, January 3, 2009

When the history of the current financial crisis comes to be written, the battle of the index entries will surely be won by central bankers not politicians...

Analysis and Commentary

The Gaza Rules

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Israelis just struck back hard at Hamas in Gaza...

Analysis and Commentary

Mr. President, Write Your Memoirs

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Forbes
Friday, January 2, 2009

Since George W. Bush asked my advice before he moved into the White House--the then-governor of Texas wanted to discuss the best ways of setting up a speech-writing shop--maybe he won't object all that much if I offer some advice once again, now that he's about to move out...

Analysis and Commentary

Conservatives Can Unite Around the Constitution

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 2, 2009

After their dismal performance in November, conservatives are taking stock...

Analysis and Commentary

2009 brings hard choices over the future of capitalism

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy new year? You must be joking...

Analysis and Commentary

No Lying

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

‘Outliers” are not politicians who lie even more than other politicians...

Analysis and Commentary

Misguided Macroeconomics

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The arrival of the new year always is an occasion to reflect on past failures and to make resolutions for the future...

Analysis and Commentary

Caroline Kennedy, Senator

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Forbes
Monday, December 29, 2008

I have never met Caroline Kennedy, and given the trajectory of my life and career, I'm unlikely ever to do so...

Analysis and Commentary

Britain's Language Police

by Diane Ravitchvia Forbes
Saturday, December 27, 2008

Five years ago, I published The Language Police, to warn about the ways in which political correctness was imposing blatant censorship on textbooks and tests...

Analysis and Commentary

An imaginary retrospective of 2009

by Niall Fergusonvia Financial Times
Saturday, December 27, 2008

It was the year when people finally gave up trying to predict the year ahead...

In the News
In the News

Economics with John Taylor: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with John B. Taylorvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, January 5, 2009

Economist John Taylor discusses the causes of today’s financial crisis — which he labels the most “unusual” crisis since the Great Depression...

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Boettke on the Austrian Perspective on Business Cycles and Monetary Policy

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, January 5, 2009

Peter Boettke, of George Mason University, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the Austrian perspective on business cycles, monetary policy and the current state of the economy...

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The Unfortunate Reality Of Housing Subsidies

with Niall Fergusonvia Forbes
Monday, January 5, 2009

"Recession Slows Migration in U.S." was a recent Wall Street Journal headline...

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David Davenport: A Republic If You Can Keep It

with David Davenportvia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, January 5, 2009

David Davenport: A Republic If You Can Keep It: Monday, Jan 12 5:30p at Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA...

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The World Supports Hamas? Of Course, They Do!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, January 4, 2009

I got more than the usual nasty letters this week over voicing support for Israel...

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Annus horribilis: Two futuristic looks at the crash of 2009

with Niall Fergusonvia Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, January 4, 2009

In 2005's fictional "Countdown to a Meltdown," The Atlantic magazine's James Fallows describes America's coming economic crisis by looking back from the election of 2016 -- when the 46th president of the United States will be the first since before the Civil War to be neither Democrat nor Republican...

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How the system works

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Sunday, January 4, 2009

Rod Blagojevich will probably go to jail for trying to sell a Senate seat and various other shenanigans...

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Is This a Good Time to Raise Taxes on Gasoline?

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, January 4, 2009

When we blogged about gasoline taxes on July 21, 2008, the sharp rise in gasoline prices to over $4 a gallon...

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Tax cuts all around

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Sunday, January 4, 2009

Obama plans to have tax cuts in his stimulus package: Aiming to foster bipartisan support for his record-setting economic stimulus, President-elect Obama plans to propose huge tax cuts for businesses and middle-class workers that will total about 40 percent of the package, or up to $310 billion, congressional officials said...

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Culture Briefs

with Mary Eberstadtvia Washington Times
Thursday, January 1, 2009

"If they want to spread their gospel, then, one might half-seriously conclude that atheists and agnostics ought to focus on having more children, to help overcome their demographic disadvantage. Unfortunately for secularists, this may not work even as a joke. ... Having a large family might itself sometimes make people more religious, or make them less likely to lose their religion...

In the News

Environmental Myths Masterfully Debunked

with Terry Anderson, Laura E. Hugginsvia Environment and Climate News (Heartland Institute) (IL)
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Greener Than Thou, the new book by Terry L. Anderson and Laura E. Huggins of the Hoover Institution, puts the environmental movement on a path toward free-market environmentalism—a path, Anderson and Huggins say, that is more likely to achieve the movement’s goals...

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Surreal Gaza

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I spent today reading accounts of Gaza—NY Times, AP, Reuters, etc...

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2008 Flat Tax Wrap-Up

by Alvin Rabushkavia Flat Tax
Monday, December 29, 2008

A flat tax on individuals (households) and, in some instances, the same flat-rate on individuals and corporations, has spread throughout most of Central and Eastern Europe...

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Davenport: 2009: The Year of Taxes

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Monday, December 29, 2008

It's not April 15, but it's already tax season...

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Unions in the American Economy

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, December 28, 2008

Union members constitute a mere 7.5 percent of the private sector American labor force, only one third of its share 25 years ago...

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Follow the Money

with Niall Fergusonvia New York Times Book Review
Thursday, December 25, 2008

Niall Ferguson, it is fair to say, is a one-man book factory...

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The Cost of Going Green

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Driving around Stanford and the neighboring upscale suburbs brings to mind the 1978 film, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” in which alien pods replaced earthlings as they slept...