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Analysis and Commentary

Trump's Dangerous Game

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Some of my pro-Trump friends argue that Trump is right in threatening tariffs on other countries as a way of getting governments of other countries to reduce their tariffs on imports from the United States.

Featured

The Social Security Trust Fund Goes Bust

by Charles Blahousvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, June 7, 2018

[Subscription Required] The downward spirals have begun. The combined Social Security trust funds—one for disability, one for retirement—as well as Medicare's hospital-insurance trust fund, will begin eating into their reserves this year, according to reports released this week by the programs' trustees.

In the News

2018 Hayek Lecture

featuring John F. Coganvia Manhattan Institute
Thursday, June 7, 2018

On June 7, the Manhattan Institute awarded the 14th annual Hayek Book Prize to John F. Cogan for his book The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of US Federal Entitlement Programs.

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The Italian Economy's Moment Of Truth

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Unlike many other European countries, Italy still has not restored economic growth to its pre-crisis level – a fundamental failing that lies at the heart of many of its political problems. Now that a new anti-establishment government is taking power, it remains to be seen if the economy will be remade, or broken further.

Interviews

Kiron Skinner: China's ZTE Will Pay $1B Fine In Deal With US

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner talks about how the Trump administration reached a deal with Chinese company ZTE.

American Enterprise Institute Remarks: The Knowledge Problem

by Kevin Warsh
Thursday, June 7, 2018

I am honored to be here alongside my Chairman, Ben Bernanke. Ben was the academic star whose remarkable leadership attributes emerged during our nation’s darkest days. And I was fortunate to be at Ben’s side, tasked with distilling market signals and leading a SWAT team of immensely talented, tireless Fed professionals.

Analysis and Commentary

Compassionate Diversified Capitalist

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Early Tuesday morning, a car crashed into a local McDonald's restaurant in Seaside, California, about 5 miles from where I live. The McDonald's caught on fire and collapsed. Fortunately all the employees were able to get out safely.

Analysis and Commentary

Europe's Vanishing Calm

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Rhone River Valley in southern France is a storybook marriage of high technology, traditional vineyards and ancestral villages. High-speed trains and well-designed toll roads, crisscross majestic cathedrals, castles and chateaus.

In the News

Now It's Harder To Fix Social Security Finances Without The Hurting Poor, Former Trustee Says

quoting Charles Blahousvia Washington Examiner
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Past delays in addressing Social Security's looming trust fund exhaustion will now make it harder than ever to fix the problem without harming vulnerable people, a former trustee for the program said Wednesday.

In the News

Hayek Lecture And Book Prize

quoting John F. Coganvia Manhattan Institute
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Manhattan Institute's Hayek Prize honors the book that best reflects Friedrich Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty. In 2018, we're honoring John F. Cogan for his book "The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of US Federal Entitlement Programs."

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