One highlight of 2018 was the story of the Dutchman who wanted an age change. Born on March 11, 1949, Emile Ratelband was perfectly content with that day and month. It was just the year he proposed to alter, from 1949 to 1969. Only now, as I look back on the year as a whole, do I realize Emile is not alone. The whole world appears to want to turn back the clock.
While it would have been wiser to leave the 2,000 American troops in Syria longer, both to ensure ISIS’s demise and to protect the Kurds, and while the administration benefited greatly from Secretary James Mattis’s restoration of deterrence, which merited him a much longer tenure, the hysteria over the withdrawal of troops and the unfortunate resignation of Mattis as something end-of-the-world devastating and historically unprecedented is as weird as it is incoherent.
Economist and author Mariana Mazzucato talks about her book The Value of Everything with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Mazzucato argues that economists have mismeasured value and have failed to appreciate the role of government as innovator. She argues for a more active role for government in the innovation process and for government to share in revenue proportional to its role in the creation of new technology.
How do teachers feel about the changes taking place in American education? In this replay episode, Evan Stone, the co-founder and CEO of Educators for Excellence, joined Paul E. Peterson to discuss his organization's survey, “Voices from the Classroom: A Survey of America’s Educators.”
In November 2008, President-elect Obama’s chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel signaled the new administration’s progressive sensibility when he said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” For an ideology impatient with the rules of political change and democratic persuasion, the urgency of alleged crises creates powerful opportunities for politicians to suspend those rules and bypass the process of deliberation in which citizens exercise their autonomy and sovereignty.
Certainly, no one should defend a top-ranking federal employee’s lying to federal investigators or to his superiors in the Trump Administration, if that is what former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn did, as evidenced by his own confession.
Fake news wasn’t invented by the Russians. The New York Times had Jayson Blair, who faked dozens of articles and interviews over the years. U.S.A. Today had Jack Kelley, who made up sensational stories about events he had not witnessed and places he had not seen. In both cases, the editors were forced to resign.
“Fog in the Channel,” headlined the October 22, 1957 Times of London, “Continent cut off.” This famous-but-perhaps-apocryphal bit of journalism is particularly apropos of the dank “Brexit” shroud that has settled over northwest Europe. With 100 days to go until the supposed March 29 deadline for Great Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the fog is only getting thicker. No proposed solution seems palatable to all parties, Prime Minister Theresa May has a tenuous hold on power and no grip whatsoever on policy, and the continentals are blithely but foolishly relishing Britain’s distress.
From 2009 to 2012, [Cass] Sunstein headed the Obama administration’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the part of the executive branch that enforces the requirement for cost–benefit analyses of major government regulations. Seeing government up close often makes analytic people cynical, but that hasn’t been the case with Sunstein. He emerged from his almost four-year stint in Washington as a strong believer in the power of cost–benefit analysis to lead not only to answers but also to good outcomes.
Hoover Institution fellows Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether the Supreme Court’s immigration ruling is not as dramatic as it sounds; whether President Trump is in genuine legal trouble this time; whether there is a silver lining to the departure of Jim Mattis; whether being tried for the same crime by your state and the feds is double jeopardy; and what the Bill of Rights has to do with nun-chucks.
In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop. "Now we will register our child," Andrejs Lunde says with gravity as he inserts his ID card into the card reader. His wife, Olga, looks on proudly. And just like that, Oskar is Estonia's newest citizen. No paper. No fuss.
Freeport Memorial Library has been awarded a special grant by the American Library Association, Public Programs and the Public Broadcasting Service to take part in the documentary project “American Creed: Community Conversations.” It is one of 50 libraries across the country to receive the $300 award.
I have no shortage of things I think other people should do or believe. Heck, my job as an economics educator, researcher, and communicator is to try to convince people to change their minds. I’d like to convince you to raise a glass of eggnog to some of the unappreciated heroes of the holiday season: the people who work at stores and restaurants that are open on Christmas.
I’ve written previously about the research of competition scholar Nicolas Petit. In his 2016 paper, “Technology Giants, the Moligopoly Hypothesis and Holistic Competition: A Primer,” Petit the argues the Big Tech firms — while currently dominant in their core businesses — engage in considerable “holistic competition” with each other across a variety of industries and areas as they look for the next big thing and try to avoid disruption.
In this series we have sought to recall what we have learned so far in the matter of the greatest scandal in our history — the one underlying the presidential election of 2016, from the Clinton campaign to the highest reaches of the Obama administration. UC Berkeley School of Law Heller Professor and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote at FOX News over the weekend.