Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, discusses his essay “The Straussian Moment,” describing how the ancients believed in the power of the intellect and the weakness of the will, but how today we believe the opposite. We want machines to do the thinking, because we don’t trust rationality. Also, Thiel gives his overview on the current American political scene and discusses whether he will endorse President Trump in 2020.
The stellar news for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren: this Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll that has her leading in the Hawkeye State for the first time (at 22%, she holds a two-point advantage over former Vice President Joe Biden and an 11-point lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders).
On his visit to California on September 17-18, President Trump underscored the urgency of the homeless crisis. On the eve of his visit, the Council of Economic Advisers issued a special report, “The State of Homelessness in America.” It attributes the problem, correctly, “to decades of misguided and faulty policies” and evaluates policy solutions.
Dani Rodrik of Harvard University talks about neoliberalism with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Rodrik argues that a dogmatic embrace of markets has increased inequality and limited who benefits from economic growth. He argues for a more interventionist approach to the economy with the goal of better-paying jobs and more widely shared prosperity.
Aaron Director was one of the founders of law and economics: the application of economic reasoning to understand the effects of law and, in some cases, to recommend particular laws. He wrote very little but his influence was immense.
For those who don’t know, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, whose book Simpler I reviewed [scroll down about 80 percent] a few years ago and whose book The Cost-Benefit Revolution I reviewed [scroll down about halfway] earlier this year, is married to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
In a new video for the PolicyEd channel, economist Russ Roberts takes on the popular—though misleading—narrative that ordinary working Americans haven’t made any real economic progress in the last generation or so.
Before he was President Trump’s surprise pick for defense secretary, Jim Mattis was a retired Marine general, leisurely writing a book about the leadership lessons he learned in the course of a legendary 43-year career. The result, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, written with Bing West, was a disappointment to readers hoping for dirt on Trump but a treasure trove of the type of truisms for which Mattis is famous.
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis is hoping the division that lingered after the 2016 presidential election will end. The 2016 election was very divisive and that division didn’t go anywhere after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In the early days of his presidency, Democrats were calling for impeachment and the Department of Justice was already investigating his campaign for ties to Russia.
There’s a story famous among pollsters involving George Bishop, a University of Cincinnati political scientist. Almost four decades ago, Bishop, an expert in public opinion research who passed away earlier this year, devised an experiment to unleash on the American electorate. In a series of surveys, he asked a sample of people their opinion on whether the Public Affairs Act of 1975 should be repealed. Roughly a third of respondents offered a firm opinion one way or another. This was suspicious enough.
Retirement experts frequently recommend working longer if you haven't saved enough. But you may not realize just how powerful a little extra work can be. Researchers who compared the relative returns of working longer versus saving more last year reached some startling findings.
A book by Raghuram Rajan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and tipped by some as a possible successor to Mark Carney at the Bank of England, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2019. The Third Pillar: The Revival of Community in a Polarised World (William Collins UK), by Rajan, 56, currently a Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is one of six titles in the running for the £30,000 prize.
If anyone thought the status quo would fold up after the hammer blows of the 2016 populist revolt, they were wrong. Ben Rhodes noted the effects of unremitting resistance with approval. "Bibi backsliding. Boris flailing... Fight back. It will work." Victor Davis Hanson conceded the crushing weight of the establishment riposte: "After nearly four years of ceaseless attacks by Democrats and the press, the strange thing is not that Trump can be occasionally wearisome, but that he is even still breathing."
The arguments are heated but not insulting. The questions are probing with a purpose. This discussion on illegal immigration in the heart of North Texas is like many of those happening every day across the country, but this is not a normal discussion. In large rooms across the Gaylord Texan Resort, passionate discussions played out among dozens of groups just like this one on the major issues in the 2020 election.
It may be hard to imagine, but there was a time when economists weren’t held in high regard. In fact, the great John Maynard Keynes was once dismissed by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an impractical mathematician. Even the chairman of the US Federal Reserve was once a stockbroker. The almost hallowed status conferred upon the profession and its practitioners is a relatively recent phenomenon, whose origins can be traced to the Nixon era, when a new generation of economists began to exert tremendous influence on public policy.
A Democratic stronghold in Minnesota is shifting to support President Donald Trump, according to some voters there. Many of the voters who spoke to CNN in rural northern Minnesota, who previously voted for Democratic presidential candidates, told the outlet that they’re finding themselves aligned with Trump and predict more support for him in 2020.
The 1960s began with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe — definitely not a FootJoy — on a desk at the United Nations. A couple of years later came the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was as close to a nuclear holocaust as the world had come before or since. The Cold War continued in full freeze until the end of the decade, when U.S. President Richard Nixon, his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and Khrushchev’s successor, Leonid Brezhnev, tried to thaw things out.
Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said on Sunday that Iran is "trying to craft a foreign policy that pushes others around" throughout the Middle East. Mattis told ABC's "This Week" that Tehran has followed a pattern of stretching its "destabilizing influence" across the region to ensure it reaches "revolutionary fervor."
During the most recent Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders made the case for Medicare for All, saying, “We need a health care system that guarantees health care to all people as every other major country does.”
President Donald Trump stressed that he is not interested in "a partial deal" with China as the two countries work on a long list of U.S. trade concerns. He also brushed off the idea he needed to get an agreement to end his trade war before next year's election.
China has framed Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests as a foreign-backed movement that uses “thugs” to threaten the mainland’s sovereignty. The narrative might be working within the great firewall. Outside China? Not so much.
The flexible nature of a liberal arts education is both a blessing and a curse; for the most part, Stanford students can pursue their interests in peace, avoiding the politicized classrooms that have become so ubiquitous on college campuses. The downside, however, is that it can be hard to navigate course selection without some guidance.
Chuckie O’Brien should not be confused with Robert O’Brien, the new national security adviser to President Trump whom I wrote about last week. In fact, finding two Americans more different in upbringings and career paths is hard to imagine. There’s a new book out this week about the first O’Brien, and it is the unlikeliest riveting read of the year: “In Hoffa’s Shadow” by Jack Goldsmith.
[Subscription Required] In a major shift, the Business Roundtable recently embraced the idea that the purpose of a corporation should go beyond serving shareholders and include responsibility to the environment and the broader community. On no issue is this more true than climate policy—which affects all sectors of society, but where market prices do not internalize environmental costs. So what exactly would a pro-business, pro-environment and pro-consumer climate solution look like?
Charlotte and George Shultz were honored for their peace efforts Friday during a ceremony at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The event was held in advance of Thursday’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The interfaith United Religions Initiative planted two second-generation ginkgo seedlings from trees that survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast in 1945. San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Kazuhiro Iryu, the deputy consul general of Japan, also attended the ceremony.
Silicon Valley billionaire and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel said on Sep. 19 that he plans to endorse President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Thiel was talking to author Peter Robinson in a fresh episode of “Uncommon Knowledge” on Fox Nation on Thursday about the 2020 election, among other issues.