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A Lack Of Ideas Has Consequences

by James W. Ceaservia The Weekly Standard
Monday, September 18, 2017

Something has gone missing from American politics. Since the beginning of the new administration in January, public debate focused on general ideas has largely disappeared.

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What’s The Point Of A Liberal Education? Don’t Ask The Ivy League

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 15, 2017

Few top colleges explain their purpose to students. They want to talk gender and inequality instead.

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Who Leads The West And Why: Trump Or Merkel? Constitutional Cultures In The United States And Germany

by Russell A. Bermanvia Telos
Monday, September 18, 2017

In these brief comments, I am likely to err on the side of excessive schematization: the positions I want to tease out of several texts deserve more nuance and differentiation than I can provide in this short text. Yet the binary character of the analysis is also a reflection of the highly polarized public debate, certainly in the United States but also in Western Europe, in the wake of various political developments, above all the 2016 election that led to the Donald Trump presidency.

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How North Korea Is Ensuring A Nuclear Arms Race In Asia

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Interest
Friday, September 15, 2017

In firing yet another ballistic missile directly over Japan, the second in as many months, Kim Jong-un is trying to normalize the idea of North Korea’s strategic capability. 

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Donald Trump's Constitution

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Friday, September 15, 2017

Donald Trump has a love/hate relationship with the Constitution. He loves it in theory, but in practice it limits his presidential power.

Analysis and Commentary

Gabriel Zucman On Inequality, Growth, And Distributional National Accounts

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, September 18, 2017

Gabriel Zucman of the University of California, Berkeley talks with Hoover Institution fellow and EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his research on inequality and the distribution of income in the United States over the last 35 years. Zucman finds that there has been no change in income for the bottom half of the income...

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Bricks Without Straw: Maryland’s ESSA Accountability Plan

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Monday, September 18, 2017

Last week, Maryland governor Larry Hogan notified the State Board of Education (on which I serve*) and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that he will not sign the state’s ESSA accountability plan, which is due in Washington on Monday. The previous day, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker notified his...

Analysis and Commentary

Immigration And Integration By The Market

by Michael S. Bernstamvia Forbes
Friday, September 15, 2017

Milton Friedman noted that free immigration is incompatible with the welfare state. Decades of experience in the U.S. and Europe make a case. It is impossible to combine free immigration, access to welfare state subsidies, and national integration. This is an impossible trinity. Any two of the three are possible but not all three.

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Insecticides, Raw Milk, Coal — Sometimes Good Intentions Turn Bad

by Henry I. Millervia San Jose Mercury News
Friday, September 15, 2017

With phrases like “better safe than sorry” and “look before you leap,” it’s clear that concerns about risk are a part of our psyche. Unfortunately, when we take those clichés to heart, we often end up plagued by another: “Out of the frying pan and into the fire.”

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Criticism Doesn't Violate The First Amendment

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Over at Hit and Run, Reason's blog, Robby Soave, whose work I normally like a lot, laid an egg. His post is titled "The Real Boobs Are People Who Think ESPN Must Fire Jemele Hill."

Analysis and Commentary

Happy Birthday, Dr. Johnson

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, September 18, 2017

Google today highlights the birthday of Sam Johnson, the famous British intellectual in the 18th century. He is thought of as the father of the modern dictionary.

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Stephen Haber Discusses The Political Origins Of Banking Crises On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Stephen Habervia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Stephen Haber examines banking crises and discusses his book "Fragile by Design."

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Kiron Skinner Discusses North Korea On Fox News

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox News
Friday, September 15, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner provides insight on the North Korean threat.

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Alice Hill Discusses Whether We Are Spending Enough On Disaster Preparation

interview with Alice Hillvia Marketplace
Friday, September 15, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Alice Hill discusses how to prepare for and how to spend our money wisely before and after disasters.

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Chester Finn Talks With David Osborne On C-SPAN

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via C-SPAN
Monday, September 18, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn interviews author David Osborne concerning the charter school movement and Osborne offers his outlook for the future of public education as he discusses his book, Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System. 

In the News
In the News

The Michigan Model: A New Approach To Financial Aid

featuring Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Harvard Political Review
Sunday, September 17, 2017

HAIL and the Go Blue Guarantee owe much of their marketing design to a 2013 reportfrom economists Caroline Hoxby and Sarah TurnerThe report shows how much progress can be achieved through strategic marketing. Several components of HAIL and the Go Blue Guarantee borrow directly from that report, providing evidence of those theories for other schools to consider.

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Why Were We In Vietnam?

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Power Line
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Watching Victor Davis Hanson’s PragerU short course on the war (video below) elicited a flood of memories, of which that was not the only one by any means. I recalled the North Vietnamese Army tanks rolling toward Saigon in the spring of 1975. I thought that they contradicted one or two of the key talking points I had been taught by the antiwar crowd in the heyday of the movement against the war.

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US Tags ISIS Fighter 'Enemy Combatant,' Reviving Bush-Era Term

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia NBC News
Friday, September 15, 2017

Almost nothing is publicly known about the American ISIS fighter who is now in the custody of the U.S. military, but one fact has already made the case extraordinary: The Trump Administration has declared him an enemy combatant, according to a military spokesman.

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Maybe Recruiters Are Keeping People Out Of Work

quoting Steven J. Davisvia Bloomberg
Monday, September 18, 2017

Now should be among the best of times to find a job. So why are so many Americans still not working? The answer might have something to do with the way employers hire.

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How To Keep Calm When All Around Are Shouting ‘Fascist’?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Asia Times
Monday, September 18, 2017

In Niall Ferguson’s new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power, he addresses a dawning recognition that the utopia of free speech and tolerance we were promised the internet would bring about hasn’t quite materialized.

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Conservative Professors: Where’s Our Inclusion On Campus?

quoting Shelby Steelevia Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Thursday, September 14, 2017

As students protest a number of right-wing and conservative speakers and professors at campuses across the country, the debate about First Amendment rights becomes complicated. This also raises the question about whether such protests further isolate conservative faculty members and prevent students from critically engaging with various viewpoints.

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Ilves: Legislation More Important Than Technology In Creating Digital State

featuring Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia ERR News
Monday, September 18, 2017

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, an advocate of Estonia as an e-state, stressed after a potential security risk was detected in Estonian ID cards that the country's reputation as an e-state was not under threat. The establishment of a digital state does not depend solely on technology, but also, more importantly, on a legislative basis

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Parr: Progressive Professors And Academic 'Freedom'

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Indianapolis Business Journal
Friday, September 15, 2017

Noted economist Thomas Sowell once said, “The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”

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To Shoot Down Or Not Shoot Down A North Korean Missile

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia NPR
Saturday, September 16, 2017

The U.S. military has multiple systems that could potentially take down a North Korean test missile. But despite dozens of North Korean tests over the years, including 15 this year, the U.S. has not taken that step.

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California Tears Into Trump

quoting Bill Whalenvia Politico
Sunday, September 17, 2017

The finale of the state's legislative session was a primal scream aimed at the president.

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North Korean Missile Test Raises Questions About Why Allies Didn'T Try To Shoot It Down

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia Stars and Stripes
Sunday, September 17, 2017

The United States and its allies knew the North Koreans had fired a missile and tracked its path over Japan last week. Sirens blared in Hokkaido, and the Japanese government urged people to take cover.