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Liberal Democracy Vs. Communism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Why did communism fail and liberal democracy prosper?

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The Fed Can’t Wait To Respond To The Coronavirus

by Kevin Warshvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The pandemic is a threat to the global economy. U.S. central bankers should lead a global response.

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Wealth And Taxes

by John H. Cochranevia Cato Institute
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Wealth inequality has become a heated political issue. Politicians claim that wealth concentration is rising and that people at the top are gaining at other people’s expense. In this study, I examine problems with the measurement of wealth and discuss whether wealth inequality is an issue that public policy needs to address. I also consider the likely effects of wealth taxation. 

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Trump’s Chances For Reelection Are Looking Better And Better

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Trump’s greatest advantage in 2020 may be his most likely opponent, the unapologetic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Conservatives: It’s Time To Re-Engage On Education

by Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

We cannot be sure whether the national education reform movement that roared across America from A Nation at Risk (1983) until recently has halted or simply paused. Reform, however, is definitely at low ebb—and most student scores and other outcome measures remain flatter and at lower levels than the country needs. While reform efforts still inch along in some states and communities, they appear to inch backward almost as often. 

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

What A Lucky “13” On The Primary Ballot Says About California Elections

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Of all the characters involved in next Tuesday’s California primary—the two billionaires whose impossible-to-miss advertising budgets are making it a banner year for local television; the “democratic socialist” who may make the Golden State his biggest delegate haul on “Super Tuesday”—my eye is on Charles Lightfoot III.

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A Better Wealth And Taxes

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

CATO has put out a much-improved version of my "Wealth and Taxes" series on wealth inequality and the wealth tax. Html here and pdf here. Many thanks to Chris Edwards and the CATO staff for editing and formatting it, and getting it out in this nice format. 

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China’s Thin Skin Bruised Yet Again

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Despite the potential of a pandemic that could crater the global economy, it’s a relief to know that China’s Communist rulers are focusing on the important things. The latest brouhaha between China and the United States unfolded last week when Beijing expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters in retribution for an opinion column entitled “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia.” It was the first time since 1998 that a foreign reporter has been kicked out of China.

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The Balkanized Democrats

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Thursday, February 27, 2020

The contentious Democrat primaries are exposing the fraud of “diversity.”

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Social And Emotional Learning: Is The Backlash Coming?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Far be it from me to claim prescience, but perhaps more folks should have paid attention last year when Rick Hess and I raised a caution about the intensifying ardor among educators for schools to embrace “social-emotional learning” (SEL): SEL will be counted a dismal failure if it encourages educators to settle for pillowy paeans to “happiness,” “self-esteem,” and “inclusivity” at the expense of harder things such as character, ethics, virtue, and civility.

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Friedman, Heller, And The Audience

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Here’s an interesting discussion between Keynesian Walter Heller and monetarist Milton Friedman in 1978. It was one of the early productions of Bob Chitester who, in the next year, put together the famous PBS series “Free to Choose.” The moderator, Marina von Neumman Whitman, does a good job. I found her more impressive on this show than I did when she was one of my bosses at the Council of Economic Advisers in 1973, when I was a summer intern.

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The Economic Impact Of Sanders’ Radical Agenda

by Casey B. Mulliganvia Casey Mulligan
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

If fully implemented, but otherwise implemented wisely, Senator Sanders’ agenda for the economy would reduce real GDP and consumption by 24 percent. Real wages would fall more than 50 percent after taxes. Employment and hours would fall 16 percent combined. There would be less total healthcare, less childcare, less energy available to households, and less value added in the university sector. Although it is more difficult to forecast, the stock market would likely fall more than 50 percent.

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‘The Dalai Lama’ Review: Bodhisattva Of Compassion

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A Westerner with rare access to his subject writes an authorized biography of one of the world’s most feted, and charismatic, figures.

Interviews
Interviews

Jack Goldsmith On The Lawfare Podcast Bonus Edition: Ben Buchanan On 'The Hacker And The State'

interview with Jack A. Goldstonevia The Lawfare Podcast
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith talks with Ben Buchanan about his new book, The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The Market For Victimhood

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia University of Colorado at Boulder, Benson Center
Friday, January 31, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization. Her talk was titled “The Market for Victimhood,” and she touched on the dangers of tribalism in the U.S. Hirsi Ali notes that “It has been said that education opens the mind, while indoctrination closes it. A good education permits one to think critically, and to consider multiple viewpoints."

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In the News

Social Networks: A Historical Perspective

featuring Niall Fergusonvia THIRTEEN
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. Social networking platforms like these connect billions of people each day, spreading information instantly on a global level. It’s become clear that social networks are also dangerously good at spreading fake news and extreme views – and igniting information wars, something that’s especially vexing in an election year.

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Could Bernie Sanders Do To Democrats What Jeremy Corbyn Did To UK’s Labour Party?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Fox Wilmington
Thursday, February 27, 2020

As Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign appears to have the momentum headed into the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday, parallels are being drawn between the 78-year-old self-described democratic socialist and another far-left politician, the United Kingdom’s Jeremy Corbyn.

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Trump Teases A New Media Strategy

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Meanwhile Sanders proposes an economic revolution.

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Fact Check: Bernie Sanders Claims Medicare For All Would Save Money

quoting Charles Blahousvia Breitbart
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

CLAIM: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) claimed Tuesday night during the Democrat presidential debate that Medicare for All would save money compared to other options.

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Anythink Series Focuses On Civic Engagement, Celebration

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Northglenn/Thornton Sentinel
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Town Square 2020 programs include film screenings, community dialogus and historical performances.