Donald Trump gave his second and much-anticipated speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to the usual response of not-so-muffled laughter, feigned shock and condescension from much of the American and English media.
The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and their endless sequelae have ended up as an epitaph for a spent culture for which its remedies are felt to be worse than its diseases. Think 338 B.C., A.D. 476, 1453, or 1939.
Recent articles here and here by Victor Davis Hanson—my colleague at the Hoover Institution--paint a frightening picture of the United States as a country teetering on the edge of civil war. In addition to being an exceptional prose stylist, Hanson is an active combatant in today’s political wars, so his impressions are understandable. As a data guy and a noncombatant, however, I am happy to report that the available data provide grounds for feeling much more sanguine about the state of our country.
by John Villasenor, Ilana Redstone Akreshvia The Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday, September 28, 2018
As colleges adopt an ever-growing array of diversity programs, one form is still in woefully short supply, with little effort being directed toward a remedy: diversity of viewpoints. The lack of an array of freely voiced perspectives on social and political issues is buttressed by a strict set of largely unwritten rules constraining the opinions that can be expressed on campuses, the research that can be performed, the discussions that can be held.
It is considered taboo even to suggest that an emphatic Professor Ford at times was inexact and inconsistent in her prior written and current Senate testimonies. But the result of her sometimes-moving account still remains that she seems to have little recollection of how her still-private therapist’s notes or versions of notes ended up in the hands of the Washington Post and were to be used as corroborating evidence — even though they at times seem to have contradicted elements of versions of her allegations.
Bloomberg Opinion columnist and economist Noah Smith talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about corporate control, wages, and monopoly power. Smith discusses the costs and benefits of co-determination--the idea of putting workers on corporate boards.
A new study based on data from North Carolina finds that grade inflation increased over the last decade and that grade inflation was more severe in schools attended by affluent students than in those attended by lower-income pupils.
Millions of people across America tuned in to see Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify at the September 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. But did it change people’s minds? A new pair of polls conducted just before and after the hearing suggests that for young men, it did, and for young women, not nearly as much.
We often hear that governments in the United States should regulate health care more because free markets have made it more expensive than in other countries. It’s true that medical care in the United States is usually more expensive than in other countries, even after accounting for differences in wealth. But the cause is not the free market.
When nearly 100 drugs became scarce between 2015 and 2016, their prices mysteriously increased more than twice as fast as their expected rate, an analysis recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals. The price hikes were highest if the pharmaceutical companies behind the drugs had little competition, the study also shows.
When I was a child and young adult, my optometrist was Dr. Bernard Vodnoy. I remember his energy, curiosity, and exuberance. He had contracted polio a few months before the vaccine was available, and he was confined to a wheelchair—except it did not seem like confinement. He had rigged ramps through his office and the speed with which he moved with his wheelchair left the impression that it was his version of a skateboard. He was entrepreneurial in attitude and action, founding a small firm to make visual therapy equipment.
Women of the Gulag, a new film documentary based on Hoover scholar Paul Gregory’s book by that name, is now being screened. Drawing upon the 2013 Hoover Institution Press book, Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives, the film tells five compelling and tragic stories of women who survived the Gulag— the brutal system of repression and terror that devastated the Soviet population during the Stalin dictatorship. Gregory is a research fellow who specializes in economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography.
Millions of dollars are spent on an investigation of the president without a shred of evidence produced in two years. The presidential press secretary is refused service in a restaurant. Entertainers, writers, musicians, and even public officials threaten their political opponents with violence. Young people riot over political ideas. A politically motivated sociopath attempts to assassinate several members of Congress on a baseball field. People are shadow-banned on social media or fired from their jobs for expressing certain political beliefs. A Supreme Court nominee with a lifelong record of integrity has his reputation destroyed on a rumor.