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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

A Letter from a Child

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Recent videos of American children in school singing songs of praise for Barack Obama were a little much, especially for those of us old enough to remember pictures of children singing the praises of dictators like Hitler, Stalin and Mao...

Analysis and Commentary

Beware of silencing the military

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The release of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's report on the war in Afghanistan has occasioned full-throated cries of insubordination from the president's liberal supporters...

Analysis and Commentary

Much Ado About The Second Amendment

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Last week, the Supreme Court, as expected, decided to hear the case from the Seventh Circuit, National Rifle Association v. City of Chicago, which asks this simple question: Does the Second Amendment offer some protection against the state regulation of gun use?...

Analysis and Commentary

The Buck Passes Here

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Meet the Obama whiners...

Analysis and Commentary

What's Needed is Uncommon Wisdom

by Joseph A. Grundfestvia New York Times
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Public policy reflects the common wisdom. Legislation cannot pass the House of Representatives unless half the members support it. It takes a 60 percent supermajority to avoid a Senate filibuster. Can wisdom get more common than that?

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Coercion and laziness in health care reform

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, October 5, 2009

When people have a strong urge to get something accomplished they cannot — or perhaps better put, are unwilling to — do by themselves, they often insist that it must be done by the government...

Analysis and Commentary

Ross Douthat’s Strange Supply Curve

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, October 5, 2009

In his New York Times column this morning, Ross Douthat considers various ways of reducing income inequality...

Analysis and Commentary

Recalculating

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, October 5, 2009

Krugman insults Arnold Kling (HT: THM) But what none of the participants in the debate seem to realize is that Arnold is basically reinventing 1934 macroeconomics...

Analysis and Commentary

Multiply Scott Sumner

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, October 5, 2009

It seems to me that there are two ways of thinking about how monetary policy would react to fiscal stimulus...

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There’s no such thing as too big to fail in a free market

by Niall Fergusonvia Telegraph (UK)
Monday, October 5, 2009

For conservatives, the financial crisis that began in the summer of 2007 has posed a major problem...

Analysis and Commentary

The curious task

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, October 5, 2009

From the WSJ: The Obama administration’s pay czar is planning to clamp down on compensation at firms receiving large sums of government aid by cutting annual cash salaries for many of the top employees under his authority, according to people familiar with the matter...

Analysis and Commentary

Olympanomics

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, October 5, 2009

Not everyone, however, is convinced that preparing for a 17-day sports event is the best way to undertake socially responsible urban planning...

Analysis and Commentary

The Real Meaning of Privilege

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, October 5, 2009

Once we start using the word "privilege" where what we really mean is "wealth," we start applying this term to those who came by their wealth without special privilege-the Bill Gateses of the world, sure, but also the more-common successful businessmen or professionals who are earning a few million dollars a year down to a few hundred thousand dollars a year and who don't show up on any "richest people" lists...

In the News
In the News

Don't stifle NY's charter schools

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia New York Post
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NEW state Education Commissioner David Steiner last week sug gested that there's no need to rush on raising the limit on how many charter schools can be opened statewide...

In the News

Stimulus' impact disputed

with Michael J. Boskin, John F. Coganvia Washington Times
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The nation's nearly 10 percent unemployment rate has raised fresh doubts about the impact of President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan, with some economic analysts arguing there is little or no evidence that it has helped create or preserve the millions of jobs Mr. Obama promised...

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And You Say Conservatism Is Dying?

with John F. Cogan, John B. Taylorvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Strangely, chatter about the "death of conservatism" is circulating this fall. I say "strangely" because we are in the midst of the greatest left/liberal moment in living memory...

In the News

Education: The shame of the city

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Philadelphia Daily News
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ALMOST every time I interview Mayor Nutter on the issues du jour on my radio program, we swerve into an update on his vision of a Philadelphia with a greatly increased college-educated population...

In the News

Irrational expectations

with Thomas J. Sargentvia National Post (Canada)
Monday, October 5, 2009

One of the growing myths behind the new global enthusiasm for big government as a replacement for capitalism made another appearance yesterday in the National Post in a piece by Richard Posner...

In the News

The Dems' poisonous cocktail

with Peter Schweizervia Power Line
Monday, October 5, 2009

One would think that at least two lessons would have been learned from the financial crisis: stop pushing loans to people who cannot or will not pay them back and stop offering loans with "flexible underwriting criteria."...

In the News

Look to China for economic balance

with Niall Fergusonvia National (United Arab Emirates)
Monday, October 5, 2009

Not too long ago the observation that one in six people in the world was a Chinese peasant might have served as a conversational icebreaker at parties for economists...

In the News

New Court Term May Give Hints to Views on Regulating Business

with Michael McConnellvia New York Times
Sunday, October 4, 2009

The new Supreme Court term that begins Monday will be dominated by cases concerning corporations, compensation and the financial markets that could signal the justices’ attitude toward regulatory constraints at a time of extraordinary government intervention in the economy...

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Newer Justices Could Transform Supreme Court

with Michael McConnellvia Washington Post
Friday, October 2, 2009

With three new members in the past four years and the prospect of more change ahead, the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. next week commences what could be a transformative term...

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Richard Epstein: Breaking Down Healthcare Reform

by Richard A. Epsteinvia ForaTv
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Richard Epstein, professor of law at The University of Chicago, discusses the current proposal for healthcare reform...