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Analysis and Commentary

Wisdom From Armen Alchian

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Public [government] ownership must be borne by all members of the public, and no member can divest himself of that ownership. Ownership of public property is not voluntary; it is compulsory as long as one is a member of the public. To call something “compulsory” usually is a good start toward condemning it.

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Analysis and Commentary

The End Of Education Policy

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Almost thirty years ago, in February 1989, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama gave a talk that was later turned into an article that was later turned into a book, with the provocative title, “The End of History?” With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, western-style liberalism had triumphed over Communism, and had already fended off Fascism.

Analysis and Commentary

GOP Failed To Fight Dem's Health-Care Scare Tactics In Midterms

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Exit polls showed that health care was the top factor in motivating voters in the 2018 election. Democrat candidates successfully stoked fears that the Republicans would end coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Analysis and Commentary

Empowering Teachers Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You’ve seen plenty of comments and speculations on what last week’s election means for K–12 education (or will mean if they ever finish counting the ballots and filing lawsuits.) But not until this week did you see the conclusion by my friend Jay Mathews that education should be left to the teachers and the politicians should butt out.

Featured

Trump’s Trade-Policy Uncertainty Deters Investment

by Steven J. Davisvia Chicago Booth Review
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

President Donald Trump has upended US trade policy: the particulars include a US pullout from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), threats to jettison the North American Free Trade Agreement, a refusal to affirm new World Trade Organization judges, tariff hikes on steel and other goods, frequent rhetorical attacks on major trading partners, and a wrong-headed obsession with bilateral trade deficits.

In the News

Russia Wants DNC’s Election-Hacking Lawsuit Thrown Out

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The Russian government is arguing that a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Democratic National Committee alleging that Moscow’s military spies, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.
In the News

The Terrible Human Costs Of "Free" Health Care

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia Independent Women's Forum
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ironically, it was the failures of the Affordable Care Act (higher premiums and deductibles and more restrictive plans) that made health care the big (only?) issue for Democrats in the midterms. Now, the Democrats, who brought us the Affordable Care Act without a single Republican vote, are ready move forward again with a "solution" to the problems created by the Affordable Care Act: single-payer health care.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Does CNN Only Care About Its Own Free Speech? (4:05)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the First Amendment and CNN's lawsuit demanding that the Trump administration reinstate reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Not Allow Priests To Marry, And Women To Be Priests?

by George P. Shultzvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I have high respect for the traditional moral authority of the Roman Catholic Church. However, the revelations of predatory harm done to children by ordained priests in many countries over decades represent an unconscionable tragedy and undermine the moral authority of the church.

Interviews

John Yoo: Will Mueller Be Satisfied With Written Answers From Trump? (2:36)

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether Mueller be satisfied with written answers from President Trump.

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