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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

California’s Precarious Poll Position

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Along the lines of “what if they held an election and nobody came?”, here’s something else to ponder: what if they bothered to vote, but no one was manning the polling stations...

Analysis and Commentary

The Symmetry of Counterfactuals

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bottom line: to argue for anything, there's no avoiding counterfactuals. And it's symmetric...

Analysis and Commentary

Prospects for Stable Democracy in Iraq, Part II

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The hallmark of the plural or multi-ethnic society, and the feature that distinguishes it from its pluralistic counterpart of ethnic diversity, is the practice of politics almost exclusively along ethnic lines...

Analysis and Commentary

Is There a Pattern Here or What?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

[N]ear-miss (and not-so-near-miss) radical-Islamist incidents are incidental to, rather than a symptom of, our new de facto policy of suggesting that the problem with our "contingency operations" against "man-caused disasters" is with us rather than with hostile Muslim terrorists...

Analysis and Commentary

Stopping the social security ponzi scheme

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

[Social security is] mainly a Ponzi scheme, an agreement to tax each generation to pay for the last one, a scheme that works pretty well until the baby boomers come along...

Analysis and Commentary

Divorce

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

But there is one change that took place in the 1970s that I think is under-appreciated by economists. Divorce rates went up virtually everywhere in the 1970s. People also delayed getting married...

Analysis and Commentary

Oil spills can be eaten up

by Henry I. Millervia Orange County Register
Monday, May 3, 2010

Innovation had been stymied by EPA's hostile policies toward the most sophisticated new genetic engineering techniques...

Interviews
Interviews

Between the Covers

with Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"We predicate things now in the schools on race, class, and gender, and we do it as remedies for present angst, and anxieties, and controversies. So history's become melodrama rather than tragedy. That's too bad because we're not fair to the past at all..."

Interviews

Rapping about Economics with Russ Roberts

with Russell Robertsvia Mercatus Center
Monday, May 3, 2010

Roberts discusses how they came up with the idea for a rap about economics, what audiences they are reaching, and the economic implications of some of the Keynesian based policies implemented to deal with the current deficit...

In the News
In the News

Getting back to the dream

with Peter Berkowitzvia Jerusalem Post
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A program at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, will bring together 25 of the country’s best and brightest students in August in an effort to train the next generation of leaders in the principles of liberal democracy and the ideas that constitute the foundation of the state...

In the News

John Taylor wins the Bradley Prize

with John B. Taylorvia Right Now (Washington Post)
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The annual awards given out by the Lynde and Harry Bradley foundation, a stamp of approval for conservative intellectuals, are going this year to Washington Examiner columnist Michael Barone, Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, former Federal Election Commission member Bradley Smith, and Hoover Institution fellow John Taylor...

In the News

Medical students learning to practice medicine defensively, survey finds

with Richard A. Epsteinvia FierceHealthcare
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A national survey of 1,407 physicians found that a whopping 83 percent between the ages of 25 and 34 said they were taught to practice 'defensive medicine' to save their livelihoods rather than save lives...

In the News

More cuts expected for educators, staff

via American Public Media
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

State budget cuts are hitting public schools hard. Education Secretary Arne Duncan predicts up to 300,000 teachers and other public school staff could lose their jobs...