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What We Don’t Know About The Coronavirus Is What Scares Us

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 5, 2020

The specter of a pandemic offers a timely warning to remember that we are not necessarily any more immune from volatile nature than were the ancients.

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Pandemic Plan

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Graham Allison's wonderful book on the Cuban missile crisis teaches an important lesson: You cannot ask bureaucracies to think on the fly. They can execute plans, but don't ask them to innovate quickly. If, for example, it would be a good idea in a pandemic to allow people to withdraw from retirement accounts, or access sick leave even if they are not sick, don't expect this to happen overnight. 

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Niall Ferguson, Hoover Fellows, Discuss America’s Challenges In A Networked World

Monday, March 2, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution’s Hauck Auditorium was the venue Monday, March 2, for the world premiere of the new PBS documentary Niall Ferguson’s Networld, based on the Milbank Senior Fellow’s best-selling book The Square and the Tower.

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State Budgets: Hidden Debt And Hidden Deficits w/ Joshua Rauh

by Joshua D. Rauhvia PolicyEd
Thursday, March 5, 2020

State and local governments are not setting aside nearly enough money to pay for the pensions they have promised to their workers. As a result, taxpayers will have to make up any shortfalls in the form of higher taxes or fewer public services.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Scourge Of Pandemics

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The outbreak of Coronavirus has prompted a good deal of interest in the Spanish Influenza that killed so many people at the end of World War One. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Shia ‘Awakening’?

by Nibras Kazimivia The Caravan
Thursday, March 5, 2020

The proponents of America’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran have argued that the four-month-long anti-status quo protests that have wracked Iraq, Lebanon and Iran are transnational in character and seek to limit or end the influence of Iran’s current leadership both regionally and internally. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Shia Vs. The “Shia Crescent”

by Hanin Ghaddarvia The Caravan
Thursday, March 5, 2020

On February 15, 2020, Hezbollah organized a ceremony to unveil a statue of Qassem Soleimani in the Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras, roughly half a mile from the border with Israel. The statue shows Soleimani with his arm stretched out in front of him, pointing toward Israel. 

Analysis and Commentary

Famous Economist On Immigration As A Way To Reduce Poverty

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

OVER THE LAST two centuries the individuals seeking escape from the equilibrium of poverty–rejecting accommodation–have had one remarkably certain recourse. For most of those who have attempted it, it has served well. For their children even better. It has only rarely required any active effort on the part of governments. 

Interviews
Interviews

Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Essence Of Marxism."

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Essence Of Marxism."

Interviews

Frank Dikotter: ‘Era Of Dictatorship Is Over … Need To Ensure Elected Leaders Don’t Take Us Back To De-Democratisation’

interview with Frank Diköttervia The Times of India
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Frank Dikotter discusses why most of the dictators he studied were from the 20th century.

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John Yoo: Deal Or No Deal? US Launches Strike At Taliban After Peace Agreement

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo breaks down the complicated foreign policy in Afghanistan and reacts to Sen. Bernie Sanders' past remarks on dictatorship.

In the News
In the News

Future Of Central Banks: Do All Roads Lead To Federal Reserve?

quoting John B. Taylorvia Money Control
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

It’s interesting to note that central banks are reviewing and changing their objectives to resemble the Fed, apart from following the top US banking body in terms of policy action.

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Will Coronavirus Add Pressure To An Ailing Global Economy?

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia International Business Times
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

At a time when recession was predicted by economists before the outbreak, the new coronavirus will only add more pressure on the global economy.

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Teens Know Where To Hide From Shooters, But They Don’t Know What Their Futures Hold

quoting William Damonvia Colorado Public Radio
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sixth-grader Elise crouched down. It was a lockdown. Squished against a classroom wall with 30 of her classmates last spring, she thought back to something she’d written a week earlier: her will. A declaration of her wishes after her death. 

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Trump’s Economic Cheerleading Is Suddenly Tested

quoting Shanto Iyengarvia The New York Times
Thursday, March 5, 2020

President Trump has convinced his supporters that the economy’s ability to grow rests solely with his continued leadership.

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Coronavirus Tests Xi’s ‘Heavenly Mandate,’ But Proves A Godsend For His Surveillance State

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Ancient Chinese doctrine has it that when heaven is unhappy with the emperor, it signals its displeasure by raining down disasters such as floods, plagues, and swarms of locusts. The philosopher Mencius said a ruler could lose his “mandate of heaven” if he neglected his responsibility to care for the ordinary people.

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Has Gender Bias Helped Bernie Sanders Outperform Elizabeth Warren With Voters? Seems Like It

quoting Bill Whalenvia The Los Angeles Times
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of Gov. Gavin Newsom, tells a family story to illustrate how political gender bias begins in infancy.

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California Democrats Embrace A Socialist? We’ve Been Here Before

quoting Bill Whalenvia Daily Democrat
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Ballots are still being tallied, but if nothing else, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ robust showing in the California Democratic primary proves this: In the state that gave the nation Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and the anti-tax revolt, a decisive chunk of the Democratic electorate is no longer allergic to the word “socialism.”