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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Are the Orcs Winning?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, September 7, 2014

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was sometimes faulted by literary critics for caricaturing the evil orcs as uniformly bad.  All of them were as unpleasant to look as they were deadly to encounter. There is not a single good orc or even a reformed orc in the trilogy.

Gateway to India in Mumbai
Analysis and Commentary

Al Qaeda’s Desperation Could Be India’s Nightmare

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Daily Beast
Sunday, September 7, 2014

Just a few days ago, India was in a relaxed, almost languid, state of mind. In a land normally beset by every imaginable hazard, the worst threat on the national horizon appeared to be nothing more than a “love jihad”, the squirming, wriggling brainchild of Hindu chauvinist agitators who rail against an imagined mass-seduction of Hindu women by predatory Muslim men (the aim being to marry and convert these women to Islam, and then to produce offspring with such ferocity that India’s 800 million-strong Hindu majority would, one day, be outnumbered by Muslims).

Analysis and Commentary

The $20,000 Bruise

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Friday, September 5, 2014

The $20,000 bruise story in the Wall Street Journal makes good reading. All of these health care disasters make good reading.

Chicago Skyline
Analysis and Commentary

Matt Foley for Illinois Governor?

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Monday, September 8, 2014

Under the category of “the gift that keeps giving”: Illinois’s colorful approach to politics.

That would include a pair of politicians who made their way to Washington: Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Paul Pfleiderer on the Misuse of Economic Models

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, September 8, 2014

Paul Pfleiderer, C.O.G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his recent paper critiquing what Pfleiderer calls "Chameleon Models," economic models that are thought to explain the real world with little analysis of the accuracy of their assumptions. Also discussed are Akerlof's market for lemons model, Friedman's idea that assumptions do not have to be reasonable as long as the model predicts what happens in the real world, and the dangers of leaping from a model's results to making policy recommendations.

Analysis and Commentary

The Risky Business of a Foreign Correspondent

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Monday, September 8, 2014

Nightmares of abduction and confinement disrupted my sleep the night before I left for Afghanistan. It was Dec. 1, 1991, and I was working on a freelance piece for The Los Angeles Times Magazine, flying into Kabul from Uzbekistan on a Soviet military transport on my birthday.

The future of the GOP with Richard Nixon
Analysis and Commentary

The Nixon Pardon: Incentives Matter in Politics Too

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 6, 2014

In this weekend's Wall Street Journal, Ken Gormley and David Shribman celebrate the 40th anniversary of President Ford's pardon of Nixon. The piece is titled "The Nixon Pardon at 40: Ford Looks Better Than Ever." They give basically three arguments:

"Joan Rivers 2010 - David Shankbone" by David Shankbone - Cropped from Joan Rivers at Musto's 25th Anniversary. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Analysis and Commentary

Joan Rivers: More Than a Comedian

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, September 5, 2014

Like many people, I mourn the loss of Joan Rivers. In the last year or so, my wife and I have gotten into watching Fashion Police and enjoying, except for her over-the-top comments, many of Joan's great, obviously prepared, catty lines.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Academic Achievement Matters

by Herbert J. Walberg, Joseph L. Bast mentioning Eric Hanushek, George P. Shultz, Hoover Institutionvia Human Events Online
Friday, September 5, 2014

Socrates famously said “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He was reflecting on the private benefits of learning about ourselves and the world around us.

Interviews
Interviews

Peter Berkowitz on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, September 5, 2014

Senior Fellow Peter Berkowitz discusses the recently release book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite on the John Batchelor Show.

Interviews

Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show (19:20)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, September 5, 2014

Senior Fellow Richard Epstein discusses Libertarianism and Rand Paul on the John Batchelor Show.

Interviews

Mark Moyar on the John Batchelor Show (10:31)

interview with Mark Moyarvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, September 5, 2014

Military History Working Group Member Mark Moyar discusses ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.

In the News
In the News

Harvard Gets Largest-Ever Donation

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 8, 2014

Gerald Chan, a Harvard-educated investor, is donating $350 million to the university's School of Public Health, the largest gift in the 378-year history of the U.S.'s richest university.

In the News

NATO Coalition Against ISIS: Turkey Role Mostly Symbolic

quoting Kori Schakevia International Business Times
Sunday, September 7, 2014

Turkey is the most crucial country in President Barack Obama’s proposed NATO coalition against the Islamic State, but it’s also the least willing. As the only NATO member in the region, as well as a known entry point for foreign fighters going to Syria, Turkey wields a disproportionate amount of power when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, or the militant group formerly known as ISIS. But because of Turkey’s own vulnerable political situation, experts believe the Muslim country will play a mostly passive role.