My colleague Sam Moyn has a terrific essay at Dissent, the main thesis of which is the title of this post. He argues that progressives in the United States have since 9/11 prioritized civil liberties over opposition to war, and in the process have legitimized the latter.
Ed Lazear has a nice WSJ oped, "How not to prevent the next financial meltdown." (Also available here via Hoover.) The main points will not be new to readers of this blog, or my much longer essay but the piece is admirable for putting the basic points so clearly and concisely.
One of the secrets of successful magicians on stage is directing the audience's attention to something that is attractive or distracting, but irrelevant to what is actually being done. That is also the secret of successful political charlatans.
The prevailing social dogma of our time — that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister — has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and those who blame discrimination.
Almost half a century after the U.S. military adopted an All Volunteer Force of highly skilled, highly trained, high-IQ warriors, the myth of the stupid soldier lives on. Numerous studies have debunked it.
Remarks by former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger at the Atlantic Council's Global Citizen Award Ceremony in The American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York.
Given the amount of skepticism that writers on this site—including Jack and I—have expressed towards the Obama administration's cybersecurity posture towards China, I thought it was only appropriate to draw reader attention to an important voice with a very different, and more admiring, view of the matter.
The other Feature Article on Econlib today is "Phools and Their Money," Arnold Kling's review of Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation & Deception by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller.
The U.S. economy is poised to skyrocket beginning next year but it depends on the leadership in place, a panel of economics professors said during Monday’s symposium in Greenville on the state of the U.S. economy.
On September 25th, acclaimed Russian-American filmmaker Marianna Yarovskaya, Hoover fellow Paul Gregory, and Hoover archivist Natalia Reshetova, screened a rough cut of their documentary film Women of the Gulag before a packed auditorium of participants in the international conference “Stalinism: Ideology and Practice,” organized by Perm State Humanitarian Pedagogical University in Perm, Russia.
Pope Francis, undoubtedly sincerely, admonishes us to help the poor. Alas, his preferred form of help—a massive global redistribution of wealth—promises to only make the poor poorer and more numerous. Why? Because socialism provides none of the incentives for entrepreneurship, innovation, and human creativity that capitalism calls forth through the lure of profits.
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson sparked a firestorm recently after saying, in an interview, that he would not advocate for a Muslim becoming president. He said Islamic values are inconsistent with those of the U.S. Constitution.