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Two Pyrrhic Union Victories

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 21, 2019

Costly strikes in the Chicago Public Schools and at General Motors stem from a failed model of labor relations.

Featured

Mark Zuckerberg Is Right About Free Speech And The Web

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 21, 2019

An unusual thing happened last week. Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, gave a speech with which I mostly agreed. Regular readers of this column will know that I have frequently criticized Zuckerberg. My book “The Square and the Tower” contains some harsh words about his company — and particularly its conduct in the fateful election year of 2016.

In the News

‘Liberal Bias’ Debate On College Campuses May Encourage Open Discourse

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia The Daily Orange
Monday, October 21, 2019

For over a year, students on campus were working to get a Young Americans for Freedom chapter approved. The Young Americans for Freedom is a nationwide political organization of college students that is based on conservative values. Back in February, the university rejected the proposed YAF chapter for its lack of a faculty adviser and its requirement that members agree to the “superiority” of the U.S. constitution. Some students have alleged that liberal bias directly impacted the group’s efforts to become a recognized student organization, which it now is.

Analysis and Commentary

Liberty City

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, October 21, 2019

Dekornfeld: But nothing would prepare him [James Massey] for what he would find in Von Ormy because all those classes were about building city government. And in Von Ormy, the sole goal seemed to be the opposite.

Analysis and Commentary

Susan Houseman On Manufacturing

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, October 21, 2019

Economist Susan Houseman of the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research talks about the manufacturing sector with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Houseman argues that the data surrounding both manufacturing output and employment have been misunderstood and misinterpreted. In particular, she argues that conclusions about the growth of manufacturing are driven overwhelmingly by computer production while the rest of manufacturing has been stagnant. She also argues that productivity has a small role in reducing manufacturing employment. Trade has been the main cause of employment reductions. These claims go against the standard narratives most economists have been telling for the last 20 years.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Are Teachers Really Underpaid?

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, October 21, 2019

Andrew G. Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new article and whether teachers are paid appropriately compared to similar professions.

In the News

'There Is So Much More We Can Do': Condoleezza Rice Pitches For US-India Trade Deal

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Sify News
Monday, October 21, 2019

"There is so much more we can do for our economies. My advice to the trade negotiators is -- get a deal soon," Rice said during a conversation with USISPF (US-India Strategic Partnership Forum) board member Purna Saggurti at the second Annual India Leadership Summit.

In the News

‘In Hoffa’s Shadow’ Review: A Suspect In The Family

featuring Jack Goldsmithvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Jimmy Hoffa is back! No, the legendary labor leader has not risen from the end zone at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.—or from any of the other sites where his body was rumored to have been deposited after he disappeared on July 30, 1975. But we are witnessing a boomlet of interest in the head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in the 1950s and ’60s. 

In the News

California's War On Citizenship

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Daily Signal
Sunday, October 20, 2019

California—a one-party state dominated by progressives—has become the model for where progressivism will go when completely unchecked. Now, even the basic concept of citizenship is under full-blown assault as the state has moved on from being a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants to outright insisting that non-citizens have the same access to the levers of power as citizens.

In the News

There’s A Stark Reason Why America’s 1.8 Million Long-Haul Truck Drivers Can’t Strike

quoting Thomas Gale Moorevia Business Insider
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Tens of thousands of truck drivers were scheming earlier this year to strike. Such a work stoppage could have tremendous implications – some 71% of freight is moved by long-haul trucks, including groceries, manufactured goods, and even money. “We’re not all fat slobs, and we don’t all do the stereotypical trucker things,” Will Kling, a truck driver based in Reno, Nevada, told Business Insider last year. “Trucking has been forgotten.”

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