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Analysis and Commentary

Intellectual Property And The Trade Deficit

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Monday, September 9, 2019

"The IP Commission estimates that between $200 billion and $500 billion a year of intellectual property is stolen from the U.S." I found this interesting tidbit in The Atlantic interview of Kevin Hassett, ex CEA chair. (HT Marginal Revolution)

In the News

New York Times Deletes Tweet Downplaying Mao Zedong’s Murder Of 45 Million People

quoting Frank Diköttervia Daily Caller
Monday, September 9, 2019

The New York Times deleted a tweet that downplayed Chinese Dictator Mao Zedong’s mass murder of at least 45 million people on the anniversary of his death Monday.

In the News

Our Carbon Economy: Would It Be Smarter To Fight Than Switch?

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Inside Sources
Monday, September 9, 2019

During a recent Facebook Live Q &A session, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told viewers that she so feared a future of climate change that she woke up at “like 3:30am” worrying about the fate of the planet. 

In the News

Spin Wars And Spy Games: Global Media And Intelligence Gathering

mentioning Markos Kounalakisvia Commonwealth Club
Monday, September 9, 2019

As most long-standing news outlets have shuttered their foreign bureaus and print operations, the role of Global News Networks (GNNs) as information collectors and policy influencers has changed. Western GNNs are both untethered to government entities and able to produce accurate yet critical situational analyses. But due to the emergence of other GNNs owned or directed by national governments, the global news cycle has become thoroughly manipulatable.

Analysis and Commentary

Murphy On Henderson And Carbon Taxes

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, September 8, 2019

There are several problems here. First, even if we agreed that government (as opposed to private) payments for tree-planting made sense, it doesn’t at all follow that the revenue should come from a carbon tax. In general, raising a dollar of revenue from a tax on carbon content hurts the economy more than raising a dollar from taxing labor or consumption. (My article on the “tax interaction effect” gives the economic intuition behind this point.)

Interviews

John Yoo: Cancel Culture Takes Aim At The Oil And Gas Industry

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, September 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses fighting climate change by attacking the fossil fuel industry as well as other problems with the "cancel" culture.

In the News

An Artificial-Intelligence First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used In A Major Theft

quoting Andrew Grottovia Post Bulletin
Friday, September 6, 2019

Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive's speech and dupe his subordinate into sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to a secret account, the company's insurer said, in a remarkable case that some researchers are calling one of the world's first publicly reported artificial-intelligence heists.

In the News

Mattis Calls Out Deniers Of Climate Change, Urges Them To Ensure Next Generation Isn’t ‘Caught Flat-Footed’

featuring General Jim Mattisvia IJR
Friday, September 6, 2019

Former Defense Department Secretary James Mattis called on those who disagree with the threat of climate change to reconsider their position to protect future generations. The former defense secretary has been making the rounds publicizing the recent release of his book, giving more insight into political views after his exit from the Trump administration early this year.

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China Keeps Booting US Journalists. We Keep Admitting Theirs.

quoting Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Saturday, September 7, 2019

China’s Leaders can amass significant personal fortunes, using family members to conceal the wealth. They want to hide it because in public they must preserve the image of humble, sacrificing members of the Chinese Communist Party, even if they are really profiting nicely from capitalism. Thus, the secret wealth of these pooh-bahs is one of the most sensitive and taboo topics in China today.

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If Not Snapchat, What? A Guide To Stanford's Non-Tech Fiefdoms

mentioning Hoover Institution, Michael McFaul, Condoleezza Ricevia New York Magazine
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stanford (as we explored earlier this week) has become as much a tech incubator as a university — a four-year finishing school for the elite of Silicon Valley. But, of course, there are more worlds than the tech industry, and more reasons than “tech wealth” that the university is consistently named the No. 1 “dream college” for both parents and students. Many paths to fame, fortune, and power run through Stanford — here are just a few.

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