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Supply And Demand In Local Economics

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Act 1: If housing is too expensive, allow the supply curve to operate. In a surprising bit of excellent economics, Conor Dougherty writes "Build Build Build Build..."in Sunday's New York Times.

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Beware Of Faithless Electors

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 17, 2020

Don’t dismantle or radically reform the Electoral College.

The Grumpy Economist
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The Grumpy Economist: The Inequality Obsession

interview with John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist | A Podcast with John H. Cochrane
Friday, February 14, 2020

Why concerns about American wealth disparities are vastly overblown.

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The High School Diploma Dilemma

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia The Hill
Monday, February 17, 2020

How hard should it be to earn a high school diploma? The way high school diploma requirements are currently evolving across the United States virtually ensures that the nation will continue to backslide in social equity, economic well-being and international competitiveness.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

After The Strongmen

by Niall Ferguson cited Frank Diköttervia Boston Globe
Monday, February 17, 2020

In place of Angela Merkel as ‘the leader of the free world,’ we now live in a world ruled by male authoritarians.

Analysis and Commentary

The Farming Wit And Wisdom Of Mike Bloomberg

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Here is what Democratic candidate for president Michael Bloomberg said in 2016 at Oxford, in what he apparently offered up as an ad hoc history of labor, agriculture, and industry, leading up to his own sophisticated era, as reported in the New York Post: “I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer,” Bloomberg told the audience at the Distinguished Speakers Series at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. 

Analysis and Commentary

Should Attorney General Barr Resign?

by Jack Goldsmithvia The Dispatch
Monday, February 17, 2020

He has helped create the perception that the Justice Department is politicized.

Analysis and Commentary

Reaching Peak Progressivism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 16, 2020

The frightening visions of the new peak progressives will ensure the reelection of Donald Trump, as well as either the likely end of themselves—or else a collective dystopian nightmare.

Analysis and Commentary

2,500 Years Of The Usual Suspects

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

As competing powers gnaw at the last bleeding morsel of Syria—Idlib province on the Turkish border—what’s remarkable isn’t that these offspring of ancient empires are fighting, but that they’ve been fighting each other for millennia. No bursts of genocide or epochs of oppression could finish off the major players engaged: Arabs, Turks, Persians and, not least the last inheritors of Byzantium (represented by Vladimir Putin, self-proclaimed defender of Orthodox Christianity). 

Analysis and Commentary

Biden’s Stuck Between Barack And A Hard Place

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

For all of the agonizing within Joe Biden’s inner circle over how to cure what ails the former vice president’s anemic presidential run – fourth place in Iowa, fifth place in New Hampshire, presumably another setback in Nevada this weekend – there’s an obvious fix: roll out Barack Obama’s endorsement post haste.

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David Davenport: The Democrats’ Go Big Or Go Home Problem

by David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Have you noticed the Democrats’ new message? It’s “go big or go home.” Elizabeth Warren says we need “big structural change.” Bernie Sanders agrees, saying no “half measures.” Nearly all the candidates have jumped on the bandwagon, favoring Medicare for all, free college and a massive Green New Deal.

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Advice For The Governor: Build Up The Affection Between Californians And Their Regions

by Joe Matthewsvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom, Back in December, the high school football team in El Monte, a working-class immigrant suburb in the San Gabriel Valley, rode buses 13 hours and 750 miles to Crescent City, a poor town in California’s northwestern corner. Until the last minute, there had been doubt whether the team could make the trip. 

Analysis and Commentary

Peter Singer On The Life You Can Save

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 17, 2020

Philosopher and author Peter Singer of Princeton University talks about his book, The Life You Can Save with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Singer argues that those of us in the developed world with a high standard of living can and should give/forgo some luxuries and donate instead to reduce poverty and suffering in poor countries. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Gap Between High School Graduation And College Preparedness

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A distinguished research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Macke Raymond (pictured), joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Raymond’s new paper that looks into rising high school graduation rates, and the gap between those high-school graduation requirements and the entry requirements for state universities.

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Did Paul Romer Just Call For A Witch Hunt?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, February 17, 2020

The alternative is to make honesty and humility prerequisites for membership in the community of economists. The easy part is to challenge the pretenders. The hard part is to say no when government officials look to economists for an answer to a normative question. Scientific authority never conveys moral authority.

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Pinch Me

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 14, 2020

If you wore [sic] born and grew up in the U.S., Canada, Australia or any other country considered “developed,” there are probably a lot of things you take for granted on a daily basis. Things like clean drinking water, big grocery stores, and even mirrors. But for people who grew up in developing countries and then left, many aspects of life in the developed world might come as a shock.

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‘New Kings Of The World’ Review: Hollywood, The Sequel

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Movies from India, soap operas from Turkey, bands from Korea—their avid global fan base threatens America’s pop-culture supremacy.

Interviews
Interviews

Niall Ferguson: Why The West Won

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Prager U
Monday, February 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the reasons why for the past few centuries, Western Civilization has dominated the world both culturally and economically.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Rent Control Laws Are Unconstitutional."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Rent Control Laws Are Unconstitutional."

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A Push & A Pushback. Lanhee Chen Talks To Armstrong & Getty

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Armstrong & Getty
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the week's political happenings, including the seemingly warm embrace of Michael Bloomberg by many in the Democratic establishment and Bill Barr's push-back against presidential tweets.

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John Yoo: Trump, Barr Clash Over President's Roger Stone Tweets

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses what seems like a double standard concerning high level officials in law enforcement and President Trump's supporters.

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John Yoo: Everybody Must Get Stone (44:17)

interview with John Yoovia Ricochet
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Barr/Trump/Stone controversy.

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In the News

The End Of History

quoting Larry Diamondvia The News
Saturday, February 15, 2020

When Francis Fukuyama wrote his essay (‘The End of History and the Last Man’) back in 1992, he argued that the idea of Western liberal democracy stood accepted and entrenched and while there might be ‘events’ here and there disproving the rule, they were not to be confused with ‘history’.

In the News

Better Pay For Teachers Makes Perfect Sense. But Getting There Won't Be Easy.

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Washington Post
Friday, February 14, 2020

As I expected, many readers reacted heatedly to last week’s column on a proposal to reduce teacher retirement plans so that teachers who produced the best results could be paid more. Hanushek and company are even more hopeful than I am that the very difficult adjustments in the pension and compensation system could ever happen.

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Monday Short Cuts

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Patriot Post
Monday, February 17, 2020

The strongest argument for socialism is that it sounds good. The strongest argument against socialism is that it doesn’t work.

In the News

Organic Food Overhyped

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Canada Free Press
Monday, February 17, 2020

The organic industry is built upon a gigantic lie The industry doesn’t just advertise how good, pure, and natural it is, but also how bad, dirty and unnatural non-organic food is supposed to be by comparison.

In the News

Coronavirus' Greatest Impact Reveals U.S. And West Can Thrive Without The Chinese Communist Party

cited Niall Fergusonvia The Washington Times
Saturday, February 15, 2020

The 1980s novel and movie “The War of the Roses” recounted an ugly divorce between two apparently loving partners in an affluent household, a seemingly perfect marriage.

In the News

Friends Of The College Of The Desert Library Celebrate 50 Years

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia Desert Sun
Friday, February 14, 2020

Guests at the Friends of the College of the Desert Library author luncheon were treated to a wonderful celebration of 50s: These were the 50 years of existence for the COD campus library, the 50 years of the Friends organization and the 50th anniversary of the Friends author luncheon.