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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Industrial Policy Returns from the Grave

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
One of the worst responses by officials to the financial crisis and deep recession has been to revive “industrial policy.” Once again, governments are using subsidies, mandates, regulation, and capital investment to pick industrial winners and losers, rather than using a broad, even-handed approach. 
Analysis and Commentary

The Year the World Really Changed

by Niall Ferguson with Timothy Garton Ashvia Newsweek
Monday, November 16, 2009

What exactly was the historical significance of Nov. 9, 1989? . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Wall and the End of History

by Josef Joffevia Newsweek
Monday, November 16, 2009

More than just communism ended in 1989; 2,000 years of bloodshed came to a close. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

'Going Muslim'

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Forbes
Monday, November 9, 2009

As the enormity of the actions of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sinks in, we must ask whether we are confronting a new phenomenon of violent rage, one we might dub--disconcertingly--"Going Muslim." . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Productivity and Jobs

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Monday, November 9, 2009

Last week two pieces of news about the American economy were disclosed, with important implications for where the economy is going. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

RFE And ‘The Curtain Of Silence’

via Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty
Monday, November 9, 2009

“It is enough that I speak; I shall destroy this wall of fear.” . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Who Are ‘They’?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Monday, November 9, 2009

As this week’s elections suggest, even in liberal New Jersey and moderate Virginia, voters are becoming tired of being caricatured as either saints or sinners, depending on the degree to which they embrace the Obama vision. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Stiglitz and Orszags on Fannie Mae

by David R. Henderson with Charles Calomiris, Russell Robertsvia EconLog
Sunday, November 8, 2009

Calomiris points out that Joe Stiglitz, Jonathan Orszag, and Peter Orszag were hired by Fannie Mae to write a paper in 2002 defending the claim that the odds of Fannie Mae ever getting into financial trouble were extremely low. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

What If?—Mr. President

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, November 8, 2009

Based on a few of President Obama’s statements, this was not a particularly good week for the administration. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

San Jose police don't deserve Mercury News' unfair criticism

by Joseph D. McNamaravia San Jose Mercury News
Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Mercury News plays a crucial role in shaping radio and TV reporting and public opinion. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Shutting off the miracle-drug spigot

by Henry I. Millervia New York Post
Saturday, November 7, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right last week when she called her latest health-care-reform proposal a "his toric moment": After decades of life-saving and cost-cutting scientific innovations from drug and medical-device companies...

Analysis and Commentary

Jobs Saved: PR or Fact?

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Friday, November 6, 2009

While the unemployment rate continues to rise--to 10.2 percent in October--the debate over the "jobs saved" concept also continues, most recently on last Sunday's Meet the Press with host David Gregory asking Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner whether the concept is PR or Fact. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Unemployment

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, November 6, 2009

It’s up to 10.2%. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Building on No Child Left Behind

by Eric Hanushekvia Science
Friday, November 6, 2009

A dominant strand of U.S. educational policy for the past two decades has been incorporation of information about student achievement into management and regulation of schools. . . .

In the News
In the News

Sumner on Monetary Policy

by Russell Roberts with John B. Taylorvia EconTalk
Monday, November 9, 2009

Scott Sumner of Bentley University and the blog The Money Illusion talks with host Russ Roberts about monetary policy and the state of the economy. . . .

In the News

Mikhail Gorbachev – the forgotten hero of history

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Sunday, November 8, 2009

At the Brandenburg Gate tomorrow evening in Berlin, one of the defining figures of the last century's history will sit down to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in which he played a key role. . . .

In the News

Former Secretary of State George Shultz Talks About America

with George P. Shultzvia Gov Monitor (FL)
Sunday, November 8, 2009

The United States faces a tumultuous moment in its history—from foreign policy crises in Afghanistan and Iran to economic and healthcare challenges domestically. . . .

In the News

Four Little Words

with Peter M. Robinsonvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ronald Reagan would embarrass himself and the country by asking Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, which was going to be there for decades. . . .

In the News

Iran's 'Great Satan' addiction

with Abbas Milanivia Washington Post
Sunday, November 8, 2009

It has been more than a month since what was touted as a breakthrough meeting with the Iranians in Geneva over their nuclear program. . . .

In the News

A murder mystery by the numbers

with Gary S. Beckervia Houston Chronicle
Saturday, November 7, 2009

This is a different kind of murder mystery. . . .

In the News

Death penalty hangs in balance as debate heats up

with Gary S. Beckervia Union-Bulletin (WA)
Saturday, November 7, 2009

Begin talking about the pros or cons of the death penalty. . . .

In the News

Remembering a revolutionary

with Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Palo Alto Weekly
Friday, November 6, 2009

In 1940, while living in exile in a small town outside of Mexico City, Leon Trotsky — the writer, revolutionary and Marxist theorist — was startled awake at four o'clock in the morning by sounds he at first believed were fireworks, but were in fact the exploding of automatic gunfire. . . .

In the News

Forecast: Self-Serving

with Bruce Bueno de Mesquitavia New York Times Book Review
Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bueno de Mesquita is the author of a fascinating new book called “The Predictioneer’s Game,” describing his efforts to use game theory to model human behavior, divine the future and improve incentive systems. . . .