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Interviews

Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his Law and Liberty article "China’s Privileging of “Mr. Science” over “Mr. Democracy”."

In the News

No Fun: Bernie Sanders Calls For Unionization Of Video Game Industry

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Media Research Center TV
Monday, June 24, 2019

Bernie Sanders’s ignorance of economics and history seem to know no bounds. The latest? On June 18, the font of wet-lipped wisdom decided to continue his stellar track record of pushing for the opposite of what markets and economic growth need by Tweeting: "The video game industry made $43 billion in revenue last year. The workers responsible for that profit deserve to collectively bargain as part of a union. I'm glad to see unions like @IATSE and the broader @GameWorkers movement organizing such workers."

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John Villasenor On Living Lab Radio

interview with John Villasenorvia Living Lab Radio
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Villasenor discusses deep fakes and notes that deep fakes are an unavoidable part of our media landscape, something we all need to be aware of when viewing videos online.

Analysis and Commentary

A Madisonian Remedy To The Social Media Revolution

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Factions, argued James Madison in Federalist No. 10, had ever been the bane of governments grounded in the consent of the governed. However, an improved political science informed the new charter of government that he and his fellow delegates drafted a few months before in Philadelphia over the course of the summer of 1787. Well-designed institutions that minimized freedom’s costs offered a more promising approach to preserving freedom. So effective is Madisonian political science that it provides remedies for such up-to-date threats to freedom as social media and the giant companies that monopolize the provision of information about us and about others.

Analysis and Commentary

Political Power And Electrical Power Are Inextricably Linked. Ask Arnold Schwarzenegger

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Earlier this millennium, a series of power brownouts and blackouts in California led to the recall of a sitting governor and a special election for his replacement: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Argentina’s leadership is running for reelection this October, and if it can’t keep the lights on, it may not be welcomed back to power.

Interviews

Former Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice On Huawei And Security Risks

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CNBC
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses Huawei and the serious problem of intellectual property theft with China.

Analysis and Commentary

China’s Privileging Of “Mr. Science” Over “Mr. Democracy”

by Michael R. Auslinvia Law & Liberty
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

For decades, the voices of dissident Chinese, like human rights lawyer and activist Teng Biao, were occasionally heard and never listened to by the larger world. Some, like Wei Jingsheng, author of the famous “Fifth Modernization” essay during the Democracy Wall movement in 1978, or Wang Dan, student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests, became minor celebrities in the world of human rights and democracy promotion. Yet even the most prominent among them failed to change in any material way the world’s policies towards China. 

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Darrell Duffie: Facebook Announces Plans For Libra, Its Own Cryptocurrency

interview with Darrell Duffievia WESM 91.3 FM
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Darrell Duffie discusses Libra, Facebook's new crypto-currency.

Analysis and Commentary

A Method For Establishing Liability For Data Breaches

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Last month, the First American Financial Corporation—which provides title insurance for millions of Americans—acknowledged a cybersecurity vulnerability that potentially exposed 885 million private financial records related to mortgage deals to unauthorized viewers. These records might have revealed bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and driver’s license images to such viewers. If history is any guide, not much will happen and companies holding sensitive personal information on individuals will have little incentive to improve their cybersecurity postures. Congress needs to act to provide such incentives.

Analysis and Commentary

Sorry, Banning Plastic Bags Won’t Save Our Planet

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Globe and Mail
Monday, June 17, 2019

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to reduce plastic pollution, which will include a ban on single-use plastics as early as 2021. This is laudable: plastics clog drains and cause floods, litter nature and kill animals and birds.

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