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Bookshelves Reveal What TV's Power Brokers Are Reading

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia Media Post
Thursday, July 2, 2020

It has become a kind of parlor game in the delirium of home confinement: Spot The Power Broker. This book, with its three-word title lettered boldly in red on a wide white spine, turns up time and time again on the bookshelves behind TV’s talking heads -- news anchors, talk-show hosts and their know-it-all guests.

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An Economist Looks at 90: Tom Sowell on Charter Schools and Their Enemies

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen or so we’ve conducted with Dr. Sowell over the years), we delve into his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemies a sobering look at the academic success of charter schools in New York City, and the fierce battles waged by teachers unions and progressive politicians to curtail them.

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The Third Wave Of The Pandemic

by Michael Spence, Chen Longvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, July 2, 2020

During the first waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and Western advanced economies, there was a clear pattern of lockdown, containment, and gradual economic reopening. But now a third pandemic wave has brought a new, more disturbing pattern to both developing countries and major US states.

Thomas Sowell discusses Intellectuals and Society on Uncommon Knowledge.
Analysis and Commentary

Happy Birthday, Thomas Sowell

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The one constant on display through all these topics is an irrepressible mind digging through the data in order to understand the complex reality underneath. His intellectual process, plus his ability to write quickly, have resulted in dozens of books and hundreds upon hundreds of newspaper columns that have helped many of us learn. 

In the News

Thomas Sowell At 90 Is More Relevant Than Ever

featuring Thomas Sowellvia National Review
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Yesterday, Thomas Sowell turned 90. And he is more relevant than ever. Sowell, a frequent contributor to National Review and prodigious scholar, has delivered yet another insightful and accessible book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies. It was released on his birthday — a gift from Sowell to the rest of us.

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Ensuring America’s Innovation In Artificial Intelligence

featuring Fei-Fei Livia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Listen to the discussion with Condoleezza Rice of the Hoover Institution and Fei-Fei Li of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) sharing their ideas on  Ensuring America’s Innovation in Artificial Intelligence.

Analysis and Commentary

Countries And Jurisdictions With A Flat Tax On July 2, 2020

by Alvin Rabushkavia Flat Tax
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

At the peak of the flat tax movement, 44 countries and jurisdictions had a flat tax. The number has declined to 27, with Russia the most recent to add a second top rate. Politicians in both dictatorships and democracies find that imposing a second top rate on a small percentage of high-income earners is popular, especially when twinned with increased social benefits for lower- and middle-class taxpayers. The same holds for a second lower rate.

Thomas Sowell in front of a black background with an Uncommon Knowledge mug
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Thomas Sowell, An Intellectual Giant

by David R. Henderson featuring Thomas Sowellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

An American sage turns 90. 

Analysis and Commentary

New "Fiscal Theory Of The Price Level" Draft.

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

I posted a new draft of The fiscal theory of the price level, a slowly emerging book manuscript. It's heavily revised through Chapter 6.

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Michael Boskin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael J. Boskinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Boskin discusses his Project Syndicate article "America’s Uncertain Recovery."


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