Before World War II appeasement was a good word, reflecting a supposedly wise policy of understanding an enemy’s predicaments. Sober Western democracies would grant tolerable concessions to aggressive dictators in Germany, Italy, and Japan to satiate their appetites for more.
2014 has been a year of anniversaries. It was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War — a war which many at the time saw as madness, and predicted that it would be the harbinger of a Second World War a generation later.
It’s like the bad penny that keeps re-appearing, only it costs hundreds of millions of dollars. The constant reversion to calls for ever-smaller class sizes never seems to lose its appeal for the teacher unions or for school districts arguing for more funds.
TEL AVIV -- The controversy that flared up in November over the introduction in the Knesset of a proposal to enshrine in Basic Law -- enactments possessing constitutional status -- the proposition that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people has swiftly come and gone.
Today sees a new version of the Dexter-Rodionov guide to The Factories, Research and Design Establishments of the Soviet Defence Industry. This is the sixteenth edition; the very first (in which I was co-author) appeared in January 1999.
Just before the end of the year, the Palestinian Authority took steps to become party to the Rome Statute and thereby join the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is a lose-lose-lose move: it is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinian Authority, and bad for the ICC.
The year 2014 was a great one for Lawfare–with continued growth in readership, and development of new content streams. I honestly did not believe we would eclipse Lawfare‘s performance in 2013 this past year. But we did.
With the term of current Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director Doug Elmendorf expiring, incoming House Budget Committee chairman Tom Price, along with soon-to-be-named Senate Budget Committee chairman Mike Enzi, will need to choose the agency’s next director.
Daniel Klein has one of the most unusual minds of all the libertarian intellectuals I know. He will get on a subject where I see nothing there, and then, with fairly simple exposition and examples, make a powerful argument that causes me to go "Ah hah."
New Year's Eve has come and gone. Now it's time to figure out California's New Year's Resolutions. About 45% of Americans usually make resolutions, a popular tradition that some say dates back to the ancient Babylonians, who started each New Year making promises to the gods.
Like fellow blogger Alberto Mingardi, I appreciate Jeffrey Tucker's writings on the "marvels of a free market economy." The other person I would put in the same category is Don Boudreaux over at CafeHayek.
A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reveals that nearly 6 in 10 people believe race relations are bad, with 23% saying they are “very bad.” The causes of these perceptions are many, including nationally publicized police killings of two black men, disorderly and violent demonstrators ignoring the facts of the cases to brand the police “racist,” a lazy media neglecting to dig up and then publicize those facts, and a president, Attorney General, and mayor of New York willing to exploit and widen racial division and consort with hustlers like Al Sharpton.
Last week, the California Department of Finance announced that California's population grew to 38.5 million, an increase of 335,000 (or 0.9%) between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. More problematic for the Golden State is that since 1999-2000, on average, the state has seen less than 1 percent growth per year.
Ever since a 2012 study found that a majority of high-achieving, low-income high school seniors don't apply to a single competitive college, educators and policy makers have been debating what to do about "undermatching," as the issue has come to be called.
Criticizing economics for not being scientific enough is a crime of which many of us -- I’ve done it -- are guilty. But there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it. Alex Rosenberg and Tyler Curtain, writing in the New York Times, have done it the wrong way.
SAN JOSE -- As the long-standing prohibition on Cuban stogies begins to fade, aficionados in the Bay Area are clamoring for a puff of the long-forbidden cigars thought by many to be the best in the world.
When Vladimir Putin first announced his vision of a "Eurasian Union" of former Soviet republics in 2011, ahead of his return to the Russian presidency, wary Westerners fretted about the prospect of an Iron Curtain descending again across the continent.
Joshua Greene, of Harvard University and author of Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about morality and the challenges we face when our morality conflicts with that of others. Topics discussed include the difference between what Greene calls automatic thinking and manual thinking, the moral dilemma known as "the trolley problem," and the difficulties of identifying and solving problems in a society that has a plurality of values. Greene defends utilitarianism as a way of adjudicating moral differences.
I hope you had a chance to listen to yesterday’s show. Guest hosting for me was Lanhee Chen, the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; director of Domestic Policy Studies and lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University and a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School.