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There Are Moments In History When Bad Law Must Be Broken For The Greater Good. Next Month's Your Turn Boris: Andrew Roberts On How The PM Will Have To Defy The 'Benn Act' To Leave The EU Without A Deal

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, September 21, 2019

It has become increasingly clear that to fulfil his promise to leave the European Union, Boris Johnson will have to break the law – and, specifically, the new ‘Benn Act’.

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Peter Thiel On “The Straussian Moment”

interview with Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 23, 2019

Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, discusses his essay “The Straussian Moment,” describing how the ancients believed in the power of the intellect and the weakness of the will, but how today we believe the opposite. We want machines to do the thinking, because we don’t trust rationality. Also, Thiel gives his overview on the current American political scene and discusses whether he will endorse President Trump in 2020.

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From Orwell, Huxley, And 'We' To WeWork

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 23, 2019

[Subscription Required] Orwell and Huxley were not the first to fear an age of mass surveillance.

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Warren’s Challenge Now That She’s Ahead In Iowa: Staying Off The Dean’s List

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, September 22, 2019

The stellar news for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren: this Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll that has her leading in the Hawkeye State for the first time (at 22%, she holds a two-point advantage over former Vice President Joe Biden and an 11-point lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders).

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A Century Of Ideas: New Regional Orders And New Ways Of War: Europe, The Middle East, And Asia

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Stanford University

The global order of the past seven decades is being disrupted by regional dynamics. Powers of the past are reasserting themselves—Russia in Europe and the Middle East, Turkey and Iran in the Middle East, and China in Asia and beyond. Technology is changing how nations can prosper, influence, and compel. The panel will discuss what these changes portend for each of these regions and the US role in shaping events in its national interest.

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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Adult Foster Care For The Homeless

by Michael S. Bernstamvia The Hill
Sunday, September 22, 2019

On his visit to California on September 17-18, President Trump underscored the urgency of the homeless crisis. On the eve of his visit, the Council of Economic Advisers issued a special report, “The State of Homelessness in America.” It attributes the problem, correctly, “to decades of misguided and faulty policies” and evaluates policy solutions.

Analysis and Commentary

The Madcap Adventures Of ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ Biden

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Joe Biden reminds us that losers sometimes compose history.

Analysis and Commentary

Law Talk With Epstein & Yoo #125: “Greek Fire”

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 23, 2019

The Ukraine controversy, Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict, vaping restrictions, California’s emissions regulations, and more.

Analysis and Commentary

Dani Rodrik On Neoliberalism

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, September 23, 2019

Dani Rodrik of Harvard University talks about neoliberalism with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Rodrik argues that a dogmatic embrace of markets has increased inequality and limited who benefits from economic growth. He argues for a more interventionist approach to the economy with the goal of better-paying jobs and more widely shared prosperity.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Impact Of Education Savings Accounts In Arizona

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, September 23, 2019

Matt Beienburg, the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the impact of education savings accounts as a school choice option in Arizona.

Analysis and Commentary

Diversity Inc. Is Becoming Even More Dangerous

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, September 23, 2019

Applying “equality” to selecting brain surgeons and airline pilots.

Analysis and Commentary

Lanhee Chen: A Solid Choice For A Critical Post

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Monday, September 23, 2019

President Trump has picked Robert O’Brien to serve as his National Security Adviser, and he couldn’t have made a better choice for such an important job.

Analysis and Commentary

After A China-Vietnam Standoff, Expect A Turn To The US

by CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The Diplomat
Friday, September 20, 2019

Coercive Chinese tactics to settle South China Sea disputes serve as a catalyst for enhanced Vietnam-U.S. security cooperation.

Analysis and Commentary

Stoller's Hatchet Job On Aaron Director

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Aaron Director was one of the founders of law and economics: the application of economic reasoning to understand the effects of law and, in some cases, to recommend particular laws. He wrote very little but his influence was immense.

Analysis and Commentary

Cass Sunstein's Critique Of Samantha Power

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 21, 2019

For those who don’t know, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, whose book Simpler I reviewed [scroll down about 80 percent] a few years ago and whose book The Cost-Benefit Revolution I reviewed [scroll down about halfway] earlier this year, is married to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

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Interviews

'Coherent Strategy' With Allies Needed On Iran: Former Defense Secretary Mattis

interview with General Jim Mattisvia ABC News
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses Iran, US allies, and his new book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.

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California Knifes The Gig Economy, Richard A. Epstein (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 21, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "California Knifes The Gig Economy."

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California Knifes The Gig Economy, Richard A. Epstein (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 21, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "California Knifes The Gig Economy."

Interviews

Another Norm-Breaking Piece Of Activity From Trump, Says Hoover Institution’s Lanhee Chen

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses President Trump’s phone call involving the Ukraine leader and how this could impact the 2020 election.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen On Face The Nation

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Face the Nation (CBS)
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses foreign policy.

In the News
In the News

Prosperity Is More Than Wages

featuring Russell Robertsvia Competitive Enterprise Institute
Friday, September 20, 2019

In a new video for the PolicyEd channel, economist Russ Roberts takes on the popular—though misleading—narrative that ordinary working Americans haven’t made any real economic progress in the last generation or so.

In the News

The Ever-Quotable Jim Mattis: The Wit And Wisdom Of A Wizened Warrior

featuring General Jim Mattisvia The Washington Examiner
Monday, September 23, 2019

Before he was President Trump’s surprise pick for defense secretary, Jim Mattis was a retired Marine general, leisurely writing a book about the leadership lessons he learned in the course of a legendary 43-year career. The result, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, written with Bing West, was a disappointment to readers hoping for dirt on Trump but a treasure trove of the type of truisms for which Mattis is famous.

In the News

Mattis Hopes Americans Will Stop Partisan Division After Elections: ‘We Owe The Next Generation A Lot Better’

quoting General Jim Mattisvia IJR
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis is hoping the division that lingered after the 2016 presidential election will end. The 2016 election was very divisive and that division didn’t go anywhere after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In the early days of his presidency, Democrats were calling for impeachment and the Department of Justice was already investigating his campaign for ties to Russia.

In the News

“Intense Democracy”: How Two Academics Are Trying To Break The Outrage Cycle

quoting Larry Diamondvia Vanity Fair
Thursday, September 19, 2019

There’s a story famous among pollsters involving George Bishop, a University of Cincinnati political scientist. Almost four decades ago, Bishop, an expert in public opinion research who passed away earlier this year, devised an experiment to unleash on the American electorate. In a series of surveys, he asked a sample of people their opinion on whether the Public Affairs Act of 1975 should be repealed. Roughly a third of respondents offered a firm opinion one way or another. This was suspicious enough.

In the News

The Life-Changing Magic Of Working A Bit Longer

quoting John Shovenvia Southeast Missourian
Monday, September 23, 2019

Retirement experts frequently recommend working longer if you haven't saved enough. But you may not realize just how powerful a little extra work can be. Researchers who compared the relative returns of working longer versus saving more last year reached some startling findings.

In the News

Raghuram Rajan’s Business Book Shortlisted For Major Prize

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Eastern Eye
Friday, September 20, 2019

A book by Raghuram Rajan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and tipped by some as a possible successor to Mark Carney at the Bank of England, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2019. The Third Pillar: The Revival of Community in a Polarised World (William Collins UK), by Rajan, 56, currently a Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is one of six titles in the running for the £30,000 prize.

In the News

The Long Civil War

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia PJ Media
Friday, September 20, 2019

If anyone thought the status quo would fold up after the hammer blows of the 2016 populist revolt, they were wrong. Ben Rhodes noted the effects of unremitting resistance with approval. "Bibi backsliding. Boris flailing... Fight back. It will work." Victor Davis Hanson conceded the crushing weight of the establishment riposte: "After nearly four years of ceaseless attacks by Democrats and the press, the strange thing is not that Trump can be occasionally wearisome, but that he is even still breathing."

In the News

526 People Were Asked To Talk Politics. The Response Tested American Democracy

quoting Larry Diamondvia Fox40
Monday, September 23, 2019

The arguments are heated but not insulting. The questions are probing with a purpose. This discussion on illegal immigration in the heart of North Texas is like many of those happening every day across the country, but this is not a normal discussion. In large rooms across the Gaylord Texan Resort, passionate discussions played out among dozens of groups just like this one on the major issues in the 2020 election.

In the News

Rising Influence

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Indian Express
Saturday, September 21, 2019

It may be hard to imagine, but there was a time when economists weren’t held in high regard. In fact, the great John Maynard Keynes was once dismissed by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an impractical mathematician. Even the chairman of the US Federal Reserve was once a stockbroker. The almost hallowed status conferred upon the profession and its practitioners is a relatively recent phenomenon, whose origins can be traced to the Nixon era, when a new generation of economists began to exert tremendous influence on public policy. 

In the News

Democratic Stronghold In Minnesota Shifting To Trump, Voters Say

quoting Jonathan Roddenvia The Epoch Times
Friday, September 20, 2019

A Democratic stronghold in Minnesota is shifting to support President Donald Trump, according to some voters there. Many of the voters who spoke to CNN in rural northern Minnesota, who previously voted for Democratic presidential candidates, told the outlet that they’re finding themselves aligned with Trump and predict more support for him in 2020.

In the News

To Russia With Love: The Story Behind Russia’s First 18-Hole Course Is Stranger Than Fiction

quoting George P. Shultzvia Golf.com
Friday, September 20, 2019

The 1960s began with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe — definitely not a FootJoy — on a desk at the United Nations. A couple of years later came the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was as close to a nuclear holocaust as the world had come before or since. The Cold War continued in full freeze until the end of the decade, when U.S. President Richard Nixon, his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and Khrushchev’s successor, Leonid Brezhnev, tried to thaw things out.

In the News

Mattis Says Iran Regime Is 'Trying To Craft A Foreign Policy That Pushes Others Around'

quoting General Jim Mattisvia The Hill
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said on Sunday that Iran is "trying to craft a foreign policy that pushes others around" throughout the Middle East. Mattis told ABC's "This Week" that Tehran has followed a pattern of stretching its "destabilizing influence" across the region to ensure it reaches "revolutionary fervor."

In the News

Students In Affinity Houses Say They’re Not All About Identity

quoting Shelby Steelevia The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sunday, September 22, 2019

When Shelby Steele, whose father was black and mother was white, arrived in 1964 for his freshman year at Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was assigned an African American roommate.

In the News

Trump v. California: President Tries To Turn 'Resistance' Into 2020 Advantage

quoting Bill Whalenvia The Guardian
Friday, September 20, 2019

On a rare visit to the state where he faces almost certain defeat Trump attacked the handling of homelessness – and raised millions from rich Republican donors.

In the News

The Real Cost Of ‘Medicare For All’ Could Be American Lives

quoting Charles Blahousvia New York Post
Saturday, September 21, 2019

During the most recent Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders made the case for Medicare for All, saying, “We need a health care system that guarantees health care to all people as every other major country does.”

In the News

Trump Says No Rush To Reach Deal With China Before The Election

quoting Kevin Hassettvia Politico
Friday, September 20, 2019

President Donald Trump stressed that he is not interested in "a partial deal" with China as the two countries work on a long list of U.S. trade concerns. He also brushed off the idea he needed to get an agreement to end his trade war before next year's election.

In the News

Why China Isn’t As Skillful At Disinformation As Russia

quoting Haifeng Huangvia Quartz
Thursday, September 19, 2019

China has framed Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests as a foreign-backed movement that uses “thugs” to threaten the mainland’s sovereignty. The narrative might be working within the great firewall. Outside China? Not so much.

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Classes For The College Contrarian: The Comprehensive Guide To Getting More Out Of Stanford

mentioning Michael McConnell, John B. Taylorvia The Stanford Review
Saturday, September 21, 2019

The flexible nature of a liberal arts education is both a blessing and a curse; for the most part, Stanford students can pursue their interests in peace, avoiding the politicized classrooms that have become so ubiquitous on college campuses. The downside, however, is that it can be hard to navigate course selection without some guidance.

In the News

The Unlikeliest Riveting Read Of The Year

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Chuckie O’Brien should not be confused with Robert O’Brien, the new national security adviser to President Trump whom I wrote about last week. In fact, finding two Americans more different in upbringings and career paths is hard to imagine. There’s a new book out this week about the first O’Brien, and it is the unlikeliest riveting read of the year: “In Hoffa’s Shadow” by Jack Goldsmith.

In the News

How To Cut Emissions Without Wrecking The Economy

mentioning George P. Shultzvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, September 22, 2019

[Subscription Required] In a major shift, the Business Roundtable recently embraced the idea that the purpose of a corporation should go beyond serving shareholders and include responsibility to the environment and the broader community. On no issue is this more true than climate policy—which affects all sectors of society, but where market prices do not internalize environmental costs. So what exactly would a pro-business, pro-environment and pro-consumer climate solution look like?

In the News

Trees Planted In Golden Gate Park To Commemorate Nuclear Disarmament

mentioning George P. Shultzvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, September 20, 2019

Charlotte and George Shultz were honored for their peace efforts Friday during a ceremony at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The event was held in advance of Thursday’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The interfaith United Religions Initiative planted two second-generation ginkgo seedlings from trees that survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast in 1945. San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Kazuhiro Iryu, the deputy consul general of Japan, also attended the ceremony.

In the News

Silicon Valley Billionaire Peter Thiel: The President Will Get Reelected, But the Socialists Are Not To Be Underestimated

mentioning Peter M. Robinsonvia The Epoch Times
Friday, September 20, 2019

Silicon Valley billionaire and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel said on Sep. 19 that he plans to endorse President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Thiel was talking to author Peter Robinson in a fresh episode of “Uncommon Knowledge” on Fox Nation on Thursday about the 2020 election, among other issues.

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Justice honors Brennan's legacy

with Abraham D. Sofaervia Washington Square News
Friday, October 27, 2006

The Brennan Center for Justice hosted Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg yesterday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the appointment of its namesake — the late Associate Justice William Brennan — to the Court, as well as the 10th anniversary of the center’s establishment…

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Intervening militarily in Darfur compared with Iraq

by Kenneth Andersonvia Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog
Friday, October 27, 2006

A few days ago former Clinton senior national security staffer Susan Rice (likely headed for an even higher post in a future Democratic administration) was on some NPR talk show discussing the question of intervention in Darfur - military intervention of some kind....

In the News

Anxious Talk, Perpetual Threats

with George P. Shultzvia Stanford Review
Friday, October 27, 2006

Stanford trotted out the big guns—Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Former Secretary of State George Shultz, and President Hennessy, amongst others—for its alumni last weekend....

In the News

Are Professional Sports Competitive?

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, October 27, 2006

Michael Lewis's Moneyball tells the story of how the Oakland A's became successful…

Analysis and Commentary

Dark Ages reborn in Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Friday, October 27, 2006

The most frightening aspect of the present war is how easily our pre-modern enemies from the Middle East have brought a stunned, postmodern world back into the Dark Ages…

In the News

Gallaudet Pushes Its Message to Congress

with Tod Lindbergvia Washington Post
Thursday, October 26, 2006

Gallaudet University has taken a beating from its student protesters who oppose the selection of Jane K. Fernandes as the next president of the nation's premier college for the deaf…

Analysis and Commentary

A U.S. Embassy in Pyongyang

by Henry S. Rowenvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, October 26, 2006

The United Nations sanctions on North Korea are useful, but unless China and South Korea change their policies, these sanctions will not have much effect on Pyongyang's weapons programs…

Analysis and Commentary

If we miss this last chance, then our soldiers will have died in vain

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, October 26, 2006

They died in vain...

In the News

Yale profs react to N. Korean tests

with George P. Shultz, Charles Hillvia Yale Daily News
Thursday, October 26, 2006

Like most Yale students, the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il spends a lot of time surfing the net…

In the News

Tactics for desperate times

with Shelby Steelevia Boston Globe
Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ka-boom! Implosion you heard is collapse of Healey candidacy…

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