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Area 45: Ed Lazear Assesses The Trump Economy

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia Area 45
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

What might happen with tariffs, trade, currency manipulation, interest rates, employment, immigration, and the economy over the next year.

Featured

The German–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact: A Bad Deal, 80 Years Ago

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Hitler–Stalin alliance upset the balance of power and undermined military deterrence. The rest is history.

Featured

California’s “Motor Voter” System: Unsafe At Any Speed

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 15, 2019

After a drubbing of the first order in the 2018 midterm election—congressional Democratic candidates winning all seven House races in Orange County, a one-time conservative bastion that’s synonymous with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and John Wayne—California Republicans cried foul.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian: Dealing With Mass Shootings

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The only practical response is one Washington isn’t considering.

Analysis and Commentary

The Reader's Guide To Optimal Monetary Policy

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Reader's Guide to Optimal Monetary Policy is a snazzy new website created by Anthony Diercks and Cole Langlois at the Federal Reserve Board.  

Analysis and Commentary

The Federal Charter Schools Program: A Short, Opinionated History

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Avoiding the ‘rigidities and often dysfunction of local school districts’ yielded a success.

The Palacio del Congreso in Argentina
Analysis and Commentary

Letter 2 From Argentina

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Alejandro Rodrigues writes again from Argentina (previous post) "This  graph shows the evolution of peso denominated fixed income mutual funds. On Monday (after the elections) this funds suffered withdrawals of 6% of the total shares. Net assets fell by more as prices plummeted (-5%). 

Analysis and Commentary

Geoengineering Fun

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Eli Dourado writes of four intriguing geoengineering schemes: (HT Marginal Revolution's incomparable links.) 

Analysis and Commentary

Soldiers As Price Takers

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

There didn’t seem to be much sense to getting killed. The war went on at its own slow, deliberate pace, and if he got himself killed it would make no difference one way or another to anyone but himself, and to his family, perhaps. Whether he was dead or not, at exactly the same moment of the twentieth century the armies would move, the machines in which the real fighting finally took place would destroy each other, the surrender would be signed . . . Survive, he remembered desperately from the lumber file, survive, survive . . .

Interviews
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats Won’t Condemn ICE Facility Shootings Because They Could ‘Spike Illegal Immigration Up’

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Daily Caller
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the attacks on ICE facilities.

Interviews

John Yoo: Judge Rejects House Democrats' Bid To Link Two Lawsuits In Trump Impeachment Push

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses a federal judge's ruling against House Democrats on getting former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify and to have access to grand jury materials from the Mueller reports.

In the News
In the News

Deepfake Videos May Have Unwitting Ally In US Media

quoting Amy Zegartvia The Hill
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Deepfake videos are likely to pose a grave threat to the 2020 election, unless the media adopts stringent policies to distinguish real videos from sophisticated forgeries, experts say.

In the News

How Important Is Today's Racial Discrimination?

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Denton Record-Chronicle
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it’s somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
In the News

Commentary: How A Leaderless Movement In Hong Kong Went Haywire

quoting Larry Diamondvia Channel News Asia
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The outbreak of violence at the Hong Kong Airport has raised difficult questions about the protesters’ moral authority and the movement’s ability to rein in mob instincts, says Audrey Jiajia Li. 

In the News

Preexisting Conditions: The Size Of The Pool

quoting John H. Cochranevia RiverBender.com
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

John Cochrane of the Hoover Institute, formerly of the University of Chicago, calls preexisting conditions the “CENTRAL DEFECT OF AMERICAN HEALTH INSURANCE”.

In the News

China Is Threatening To Use Force In Hong Kong — And Hoping Threats Will Suffice

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

China’s leaders were battered by a typhoon over the weekend during their annual Communist Party retreat at Beidaihe, a coastal resort where senior officials have gathered each August for more than six decades.

In the News

1st US Ethnic Studies Plan Called Anti-Semitic, Faces Update

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia KSL
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

California's effort to write the nation's first ethnic studies curriculum for public schools has united liberals and conservatives: They think it's terrible.

In the News

Study Will Probe The ‘Secondhand’ Effects Of Having Guns In The Home

mentioning Jonathan Roddenvia Stanford News
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Stanford Health Policy’s DAVID STUDDERT – an expert on the public health epidemic of firearms violence – acknowledges that mass shootings are on the rise in the United States.

In the News

Big Story About A Tiny Woman, Harriet Tubman

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia The Miami Times
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

You are the Big Kahuna. The Boss, the One in Charge, maker of decisions and teller of things to do. You’re the Big Cheese with all the responsibility and you ain’t bad at it. So how would you do if, as in the novel, “The Tubman Command” by Elizabeth Cobbs, the very lives of soldiers, women, and children were in your hands?